Arts Guild Tours Scottsville
On Friday, August 9th a group representing the Butler County Arts Guild traveled to Allen County to tour Scottsville and get some fresh ideas on how to bring the creative arts and historic restoration to the forefront of Butler County and Morgantown culture.
Jamie Boler, Heart of Scottsville's Main Street Manager, had previously spoken at a meeting of the Butler County Arts Guild and extended an invitation to its members to visit their city.
"We were happy to host our Morgantown friends," said Boler. "We are working hard in Scottsville to continue growing our downtown district and are proud when others take notice. We want the best for all surrounding communities and if we can be of any assistance we want to be available."
Members of BCAG who visited Scottsville included. Russell Givens, Wendy Givens, Josh Scott, Landon Hampton, Andrea Terry and Josh Hampton. During their visit the group heard much about the city's history and their plans for the future. One stop on the tour included the Heart of Scottsville's restoration project of the Carpenter-Dent Building on the Downtown Square. The project is scheduled to be complete by October and will house a new restaurant "The Brickyard Cafe."
The building, which was purchased by the Heart of Scottsville with the hope of attracting more commerce to the city, will be rented to the restaurant with an option to buy.
"Food is important to a city's viability," said Boler. "Obviously goods and services are important to, but quality restaurants are an important first step."
While visiting, the group took a lunch break at 'The Sweet Life' an already existing cafe' on the square, after which they visited City Hall where they met with Scottsville City officials including current Mayor Rob Cline, Planning & Zoning Commissioner Gary Mathis, City Clerk Gayle Davis and former Mayor Dell Hall. The two groups took time for an hour and a half Question and Answer session about the two cities and traded ideas on how to make improvements and how the two might be able to work together.
" We were very impressed with the hospitality we were shown and their beautiful and thriving downtown district," said BCAG coordinator Landon Hampton. "Perhaps we can steal a few pages from their plan and help make Morgantown more of a destination location. It's going to take patience and work, but we are hopeful about the future of our city and county."
The Butler County Arts Guild meets on the last Thursday of every month, 6pm at the Butler County Public Library. Everyone is encouraged to attend.
Meet and greet: Members of the BCAG swap ideas with Scottsville city officials.
Story and photos by: Josh Hampton, Beech Tree News/WLBQ