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Andersonville Arts Weekend Celebrates Local Artists, Longtime Shopkeepers

By Adeshina Emmanuel | September 25, 2014 5:28am
 Former owners and co-founders of Women and Children First, Ann Christopherson and Linda Bubon.
Former owners and co-founders of Women and Children First, Ann Christopherson and Linda Bubon.
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ANDERSONVILLE — Andersonville's 12th annual Art and Design Weekend typically celebrates local artists and designers with shows and art tours, receptions and performances. But this year's festivities hold even more importance, honoring retiring local shopkeepers and longstanding businesses that have helped Andersonville thrive through the years.

The artsy affair organized by the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce kicks off Friday, Oct. 10, with the Night of 100 pARTies.

That evening, businesses up and down Clark Street plan to host art shows and receptions featuring snacks, cocktails and wine. The rest of the weekend includes a plethora of arts and entertainment events at Andersonville businesses, entertainment venues and various community institutions, including the Edgewater Historical Society and First Free Church.

Ald. Harry Osterman (48th) will be in Andersonville all three days of the event to honor local shopkeepers and former business owners who have left a positive mark on the neighborhood over the years.

On Oct. 10 at 7 p.m., Osterman will toast in honor of furniture store White Attic and antique shop Scout, which are commemorating their 10th-year anniversaries. The event will be at Scout, 5221 N. Clark St.

On Oct. 11 at 10 a.m. Osterman will be on hand for a ceremony to unveil a portion of Clark as "Women & Children First Way" in honor of former book store owners Linda Bubon and Ann Christopherson, who recently sold Women and Children First to two employees after a quarter century in Andersonville.

On Oct. 12 from noon until 2 p.m., Osterman will join retiring Landmark of Andersonville owner Jan Baxter, her family and the chamber of commerce to honor Baxter's contributions to the neighborhood as the founder of a small business incubator, longtime business owner and supporter of local commerce.

An open house at the Landmark, 5425 N. Clark St., will offer refreshments and include "a toast to Jan’s impact and future," according to the chamber website.

For a complete schedule of Andersonville Arts and Design Weekend events and more information, click here.

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