Third Thursday, artists’ exhibit

Tomorrow night — right in the middle of the August — is the next incarnation of the popular Third Thursday Street Festival in downtown Sheridan. Think food, live music, exhibits, vendors; a good opportunity to hang out and catch up on a salubrious summer evening.

It starts at 5 p.m. The Farmers Market, with the capable, steady hand of Bonnie Gregory, will be on Grinnell. A chance to load up on home-grown fruits, veggies, pastries.

The summer event is sponsored by the Downtown Sheridan Association with assistance from: Hammer Chevrolet, Bank of the West, Streetwear Clothing & Baby Too, Warehouse 201, Brittain World Travel, Sheridan Travel and Tourism, Sheridan Chamber of Commerce, city of Sheridan, The Sheridan Press.

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Watercolor Wyoming — 28th annual National Exhibition.

While downtown Thursday…during Third Thursday…..

Consider stopping in the SAGE Exhibit Gallery located in the Sheridan College Main Street Campus. There will be an artists’ reception that evening, also beginning at 5 p.m. The public’s encouraged to stop in.

It’s part of the Wyoming Watercolor Society and in the past, exhibitors from throughout the U.S. and Canada have participated in a variety of watercolor styles. This year, it’ll be the work of 37 artists with 46 paintings from 18 states, including artists from Sheridan. They are: Nancy Buening, Helen “Lytle” Campbell, Linda Hartman, Paulette Kucera, Elizabeth Thurow, Randy Stout.

The exhibit will be on display through Aug. 31.

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Recommended reading………

When Martha Reeves walked into the Motown studio in July of 1964, she nailed “Dancing in the Streets” on the first take. Just nailed it. The song, which was a departure from the sweet Motown sound of love ballads, becomes a transcendent anthem of change — there’s war in Vietnam, a civil rights movement, fresh empowerment from a new generation. It rallies people. What’s revealed in Mark Kurlansky’s ‘Ready for a Brand New Beat’ is how Ms. Reeves was told how the songwriters — Marvin Gaye, Mickey Stevenson — forgot to turn on the recording machine. Upset, the 22-year-old Reeves does the song a second time, with an edge and urgency in her voice. The song rises to number two in the nation and becomes part of the social message and a staple of having a good time at a party. Ms. Reeves later went on to record “Nowhere to Run” and served on the city council of Detroit. She still records and tours, is an advocate for royalty rights for session and backup singers and recently became a great-grandmother.

It’s available from our local Main Street bookstore, Sheridan Stationery, Books and Gallery.

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