D owntown  DI gest
A Weekly Newsletter from Downtown I ndiana

Photo courtesy Anthony Frazier
Meet Samantha Muir

Manager, The Artists Hand Gallery & Espresso Bar  
Administrative Assistant at Hopeful Hearts

What drew you to joining the board of Downtown Indiana?
I grew up in Indiana, and as a young person, I was always kind of disappointed in what my town had to offer, and like many others, I wanted to leave. Instead, I decided to stay and to dedicate my time to making Indiana a better place while embracing its potential. I'm proud to live in Indiana, and I see us moving forward every day.

On what DI committees/event committees do you serve?
I currently chair the Design Committee which is responsible for flowers, tree boxes, benches, etc. It's a great committee to be a part of because you're job is to literally beautify downtown! 

I also chair S&T Bank Oktoberfest which is probably the most fun committee I have ever served on, and the event is always incredibly fun and rewarding.
What is your favorite thing about downtown?
I love the way that our town embraces certain events. Seeing my town turn out to support the Arts at NAFF or filling the streets during the It's A Wonderful Life Festival Kick Off, fills my heart with pride and hope for what the future brings for Indiana.
Name a fun fact that people may not know about you?
My favorite thing in the entire world is traveling, and I've visited/lived in numerous countries including England, Spain, Madeira, France, Austria, Italy, and most recently,  Croatia and Slovenia. I love experiencing the art, architecture, and food of other cultures.

Winter Warm Up
Saturday, February 24

12:00 Noon-3:00 PM
Family-friendly activities in IRMC Park
Free & Open to the Public

1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Sampling tour of downtown Indiana's best winter foods!
Tickets $15.00
Children 10 & under free if accompanied by an adult ticket holder

Ticket purchases include chance to win two tickets to the March 5 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Calgary Flames game 

Tickets Courtesy S&T Bank

Tickets on sale now!
By phone 724-463-6110       Online at Showclix.com

Thank you to our sponsors and partners!

Welcome New Members 

Gatti Pharmacy
Indiana Arts Council
Indiana County Humane Society
Lucy Rae Gifts & More
Luxenberg's Jewelers
Park Inn by Radisson
Westsylvania Jazz & Blues Festival

Why don't you join them in accessing all of the benefits of membership? We offer membership packages for businesses, nonprofits and individuals.  Download a membership form here or sign up online.

September 8
Free Live Music!  Plenty to See, Do & Eat!

In 2018, Downtown Indiana's Northern Appalachian Folk Festival (NAFF) will celebrate its sixth year of bringing art, free live music and entertaining programming to Indiana's downtown.  NAFF celebrates the history and culture of our region and this year will focus on our Coal Heritage. 

While there is "something for everyone," a special emphasis is placed on the family-friendly aspect of the festival. Each year, NAFF features a Children's Alley filled with games, music and arts activities. 
Meanwhile, the downtown business district is lined with some of the region's finest craftsmen, vendors and exhibitors-bookended by free, live performances on two stages. National musical acts as well as those with 
local and regional ti es, representing a variety of genres, play throughout the day. 

Activities will also take place throughout the downtown in the week leading up to NAFF to promote the event and to further celebrate our region.  NAFF 2017 was our biggest and best event yet drawing record crowds to the downtown and this year we look forward to building on that success. 

A 2017 crowd favorite, the IUP Wood Center hosted Log Sawing Contest is set to return as is the Veterans Van. Stay tuned for more  announcements concerning performers, exhibits and vendors!

Keep up with NAFF here!
The Download 
News from our Members & Partners

The Indiana County Humane Society  will host their 2018 Booze Hounds Dog Party this Saturday, February 10.   More details   here !

Also taking place this Saturday - 10:30 am -  is the   Chili Walk to Warm Up the Winter Blues at Blue Spruce Park, Landscape Lodge. Come to this kickoff event and learn about the Indiana County Walking Decathlon. Join Barb Hague, Ed Patterson and Ray Winstead for a winter walk, then warm up with a cup of chili. Earn your first stamp toward prizes. For information on all the Decathlon programs visit them on Facebook

The Indiana County Chamber of Commerce and Indiana Regional Medical Center are once again presenting the Indiana County Healthiest Employer Challenge. The winner of last year's inaugural challenge was The Reschini Group. Who will win the 2018 Challenge?       
The Healthiest Employer will be awarded based on average weight or weight loss of the employer group and average daily steps of the employer group. (Note: The scores are based on averages so any business large or small can participate.) In addition to the Healthiest Employer award, prizes will be awarded for the individual with the most steps over the 8-week period and the individual with the largest percentage of weight lost.  Click  here for Challenge rules.