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"Overture, curtains, lights,
This is it, the night of nights
No more rehearsing and nursing a part
We know every part by heart
Overture, curtains, lights
This is it, you'll hit the heights
And oh what heights we'll hit
On with the show this is it"

Nothing like a good Looney Tunes quote to get your message out! But Bugs & Daffy said it best! Tonight IS the night! Opening night for Destination Downtown Lancaster's Mystery Dinner Theatre presentation of "MURDARRRRRRRRRRRR!!! Pirates of the the Salty Dog"

The all-volunteer cast has been hard at work for months rehearsing the show! It has been so much fun for me watching them evolve into their pirate alter egos!

I'd like to use this space to thank them and the many people that helped make this production possible!! It truly does take a village, or in this case a "crew of pirates, buccaneers, & privateers!"

Our cast of Pirates: John Pekar, Tricia Clifford-Sprouse, Alicia Niceswanger, Jill Warner, Scott Gottliebson (who also served as our illustrious Director), Tim Warner and Keith Tremblay. You all have done an outstanding job preparing!!

Thank you to the Lancaster Parks & Recreation Dept., and the Lancaster/Fairfield Chamber of Commerce for letting me borrow the props and accessories that add so much to our program! 

Thanks to our sound technicians Garrett Warner and Colin Hedakoe for spending your evenings with us making us sound good! To 1st United Methodist Church for use of the microphones, and to Rich & Julie Collier for the sound equipment!

Last, but certainly not least, a Hearty Thank You to Matt Brady and staff of the Ale House 1890! Your hospitality has made us feel so welcome, and working with all of you has been so easy! We look forward to sharing your place with our guests!!

So, to the cast & crew- enjoy yourselves! (you've earned it), and to our audience- we can't wait to see you over the next couple of nights!!!

Guess I'll end where I started.....verse 2

"Can you feel it?
The magic in the air
you can't conceal it
it's growing everywhere
it's the magic
the magic of the show
theater magic we all love and know
can you feel it
the beating in your heart
anticipating the moment that we start
we know the show will be a hit
on with the show this is it"

See Bugs & Daffy here :)

Until next time,
See you Downtown! 
From the Directors Desk

Despite today's temperatures, spring is in the air.  The days are noticeably longer and the lilies are out of the ground in the Downtown tree wells.  Our thoughts at DDL have turned to our spring events, Passport (March 7-13), Chocolate Walk (April 7) and Downtown Clean-up Day (April 29).  Tickets for Chocolate Walk will be available in early March and sign-ups for Clean-up Day will go on-line in early April.  We are already formulating the plans for Downtown clean-up.  

There are lots of exciting developments coming to Downtown in 2017.  Stay tuned to this newsletter and the DDL Facebook page to make sure you are not the last to know.  

Want to be more involved Downtown?
Now is the time!
There are many Volunteer Opportunities in  2017;

* Chocolate Walk 
* Downtown Clean-Up Day
*Saturday Cinema (2nd Sat. May-Aug)
* Fall Festival
* Winter Carnival/Tree Lighting
* Downtown New Years Eve

Be the Light that leads the way!
 Music on Main Street
Join Us 

 Saturday, Feb. 11
Country music with a rock flavor: country with a little hustle! Over the past six years SouthBank has develop a playlist of original tunes and their own interpretations of country favorites. It's quality entertainment and family friendly.

Comedy Night
Saturday, Feb 18
Suzannah's Gallery & Taproom is thrilled to bring comedy to Lancaster! Unwind with featured wines, liquors, and excellent craft beers while listening to opening act, Lori Graves & main act Jody Kerns. Jody is a southern belle that kicks like a mule! Coming to the stage looking like a soccer mom and then blowing you away with her take on kids, drugs, sex, name it, she talks about it. 
Guest on THE VIEW & CHELSEA HANDLER, Jody is one lady you won't want to miss!

Online Tickets $8 
(search Comedy Night in Lancaster, Ohio) 

At the door $10
First come, first serve seating! 
Doors open at 7:00 pm
(ticket sales will end once we reach max occupancy)

Suzannah's Gallery & Taproom
147 W. Main Street
Downtown Lancaster



Friday Nights from 7-10pm
150 West Main Street

"Never a Cover, Always a Good Time!"


Dan Neely

Friday, February 10th
The ArtWalk Committee is now accepting artist applications for the 2017 ArtWalk jury process. ArtWalk is organized by Destination Downtown Lancaster as part of the Lancaster Festival, Lancaster's ten-day celebration of the arts, July 19-July 29, 2017.

Our goal is to provide artists with a platform to share their talents and gifts to enrich the lives of the community members.

Artists are chosen by a jury to display their artwork in Downtown Lancaster businesses from July 21-July 29, 2017. The committee requires that you are present during the opening night of ArtWalk, Friday, July 21, 2017, 6pm-9pm to represent your work and talk with patrons.

Additional info CLICK HERE
Download Application CLICK HERE
Get in touch with your inner Artist!
From Open Studios to creating your own 
glass votive, soup mug or woven wall hanging, you can work with watercolors, clay and pastels!           Schedule a class here now!

Harry Potter
Votive of Fire
ceramic scented candle diffuser
Painting Class

Friday, February 10th
Register 2 or more at the same time
and get a $5 discount per person

For more information or to register online
click the link below:

Sherman House Museum
137 E. Main St., Lancaster, Ohio

The Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman Memorial Civil War Roundtable meets the third Wednesday of most months to discuss all aspects of the Civil War. Meetings run from 7-9pm and are open to the public. Admission is $5. No reservation required.
Wed. Feb. 15th 7-9
Sherman House Museum
137 E. Main Street

While Harriet Tubman is best known as a conductor on the Underground Railroad, she was also a Union spy during the Civil War. Mark Nevin, assistant professor of history, Ohio University, Lancaster, will talk about Tubman's military service during the war.
                                                           Open to the public
                                                                $5 Admission, Doors open at 6:30pm

Tap Takeover & Live Music!
Thursday, Feb. 16 

Join Us For Local Brews From Barley's Brewing Of Columbus & Live Music Featuring Dave Tipple & Elliot Hosenfeld!

149 W. Main St.
Downtown Lancaster
Decorative Arts Center of Ohio
2016 was a big year for the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio.
 The Columbus Dispatch recognized Blue Walk: The Art of William Kortlander and An Ohio Childhood: 200 Years of Growing Up, as two of the top exhibitions in Central Ohio.
Be sure to visit our next exhibition, 
Circular Abstractions: Bull's Eye Quilts
curated by Nancy Crow,
running February 4th-April 23
An exhibition showcasing some of the best machine pieced quilts done today!
This juried, invitational exhibition features 51 quilts by artists who improvise around the bull's eye pattern- a four quadrant design with a bull's eye in the center of each quarter. Color and design become the the focus of a dazzling array of quilts inspired by the innovations of legendary fine art quilt-maker Nancy Crow. 
Artists from across the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and 
Canada were selected by Nancy Crow for this exhibition.

Blue Walk: The Art of William Kortlander
January 23 - April 24
John Kortlander and Dr. S. Elizabeth Kortlander, Curators
"Blue Walk: The Art of William Kortlander,"Decorative Arts Center of Ohio, Lancaster: The first posthumous exhibit of the work of Kortlander - a painter who taught for more than three decades at Ohio University - featured more than 60 paintings and drawings (in addition to many sketches) from his family's collection. The artist's themes and techniques were strongly expressed. Kortlander was preoccupied with the lack of connection among people, as seen in paintings in which men and women come across as aloof and withdrawn. - Peter Tonguette

For More Information Visit
145 E. Main St.
Lancaster, Ohio 43130
Phone: 740-681-1423
Dreaming of a Spring Spruce Up?
Are these long winter nights giving you dreams of a spring property spruce up?  The Lancaster Historic Commission would like to remind property owners and tenants in the Downtown area that external property changes including paint, signs and outdoor furniture require a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Commission.  The Commission has established Design Guidelines for the Historic District and changes must conform to those requirements.  The process is fairly easy.  You complete an application explaining your project and submit it to the Certified Building Department along with the $25 application fee.  The deadline for applications is the second Wednesday of each month and the Historic Commission meets the third Wednesday.  The Certified Building Department will coordinate the Certificate with any other needed permits.
For more information, contact the City of Lancaster Certified Building Department at 740.687.6649 or the Historic Commission webpage at

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