The first Thursday in December, light up DWNTWN


MUNCIE, Ind. – The first Thursday in December will include additional celebrations, not just for local art and downtown businesses, but also to kick off the Light Up DWNTWN holiday season and the 20th anniversary of the first Thursday itself.

The first Thursday of 2001 began with the opening of the Mitchell Place Gallery, a press release said: “Genny Gordy, Pam Demeres, Alain Joyaux and Brian Lough thought a monthly gallery walk downtown would help Muncie art thrive. Tranquility is history ! Since then, dozens of downtown artists, galleries, and businesses have participated in First Thursday, making it the amazing community event it is today. “

The 20th Anniversary The first Thursday will take place on Thursday, December 2nd, from 5pm to 8pm in downtown Muncie.

Last year, people gathered for the Light Up DWNTWN tree lighting ceremony in Canan Commons.

Downtown Development will do “Light Up DWNTWN” at 6pm in Canan Commons with an official tree lighting. For the rest of the holiday season, music and light shows around the tree in the inner city park are offered every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday on the hour. Downtown people can take part in the annual Amazing Elf Hunt, search for elves in downtown shops and storefronts, and fill in the elf tracker to win cash prizes. For more information, visit

A shop in downtown Muncie is participating in the "Amazing elf hunt" in 2020.

Muncie Makers Market will showcase its Christmas gift market in the Open Door Health Services building at 220 S. Walnut St. (former Chase Bank downtown). Local manufacturers offer indoor shopping and entertainment options, and free parking spaces are available directly in front of the door.

Muncie Children’s Museum is hosting its Amazing Elf Adventure Elf Training at the Holiday Gift Market, featuring crafts, gift wrapping stations, and games.

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Muncie Map Co., 111 E. Adams St., will have its expanded Christmas selection with 10 different shirt designs in stock as well as dozens of new specialty gift items. The shop will be open for longer hours and have a booth with exclusive items in the Holiday Gift Market across the street.

Forever Young Children’s Boutique, 125 E. Charles St., is open until 7:00 p.m. for specials and 20th anniversary deals on the first Thursday.

The Shoppe by Pink Leaf, 108 S. Walnut St., offers a variety of organic spices, teas, kitchen accessories, handmade jewelry and more gift options, as well as 25% off Christmas favorites.

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The Gordy Fine Art and Framing Company, 224 E. Main St., has its Holiday Shop open on Thursday from 5pm to 8pm. Locally handcrafted items include prints, jewelry, ceramics, and tree ornaments. To complement Gordy’s photo printing and enlargement services, ready-made easel-backed picture frames will also be available. Prices tend to fall between $ 30 and $ 200. The show runs throughout the holiday season and new works are constantly being added to replace items that have been purchased and removed. Many gallery items will also be available at

MadJax Muncie, 515 E. Main St., will be showcasing the works of its makers and artists on the first Thursday from 5pm to 8pm, including special art installations in the second floor galleries featuring longtime Muncie artists, former MadJax artists and art students at the ball State University, and live music. These include Bob Hartley, Michael DuQuette, Jill Palumbo, Alyssa Carey, Debbie Shidler, Nicholle Sanchez and Debbie Shidler.

The Book Arts Collaborative at MadJax, 514 E. Main St., will open on the first Thursday with Christmas Cards for the Book Printing Company, posters of local interest, and blank pocket-sized books to photo albums. To celebrate the 20th anniversary, hand-sewn magazines valued at $ 20 will be offered on the first Thursday.

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A wearable art collaboration installation at Madjax will feature Erica Blair of Boom Vintage and Debra Gindhart Dragoo; Visitors can meet the artists from 5pm to 8pm. On offerings include Blair’s have a mix of fun leopard pieces made of clay and brass with semi-precious stones, and Dragoo’s First Thursday 20th Anniversary Green Glam Studio jewelry and hand-knitted infinity and waterfall scarves.

From 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at MadJax, musician Larry Gindhart offers the calm, mellow, and luxurious melodies of Native American flutes, the harmonious and mystical sounds of RAV Vast’s melodic steel drums, and a variety of natural sounds.

Indianapolis-based artist Neal Soley will be showing new work from his ongoing Tulip Factory project. Selected works include works on canvas as well as on other media from 5 pm to 8 pm

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In PlySpace, 608 E. Main St., the current artist in residence Jordan Delzell will transform the PlySpace gallery into a recycling center, where the Muncie community can drop off paper materials for recycling between 5 and 8 p.m. and learn more about paper production with recycled Materials.


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