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Party launches new Buckeye Community Arts Network

THE new Buckeye Community Arts Network premiere party was Wednesday night at Maumee Bay Brewing Co. The network, exclusively on Buckeye Broadband, airs shows including Buckeye Bright Spot, Exposure, Fashion of Life, Common Ground, Arts Now!, Four One Nosh, Rise Up!, and the new Live from 201 Morris beginning 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Sundays on channels 109 and 609 (HD).


Graffiti artist Tony Touch performs during the Buckeye Community Arts Network premiere at Maumee Bay Brewing Company.

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BCAN is about spotlighting the tremendous art and cultural communities in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan to enhance the local quality of life through art and humanities, said Marc Jaromin, general manager.

Guests got a sampling of what one will see on BCAN, including harpist Denise Grupp-Verbon, LAS jewelry, medium readings by Sirena La Point, Tippstoons Caricatures, graffiti and tattoo artist Tony Touch, Firenation Glass Studio demonstrations, and models in togs from Eden Fashion Boutique sporting hair sculpted by the Salon Institute.

Musical entertainment was by Andrew Ellis and Nikki D & the Sisters of Thunder. Quenching thirsts were craft beers, wines donated by Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits, and specialty drinks including the 201 Morris and the BCAN Float. Sating appetites were soft pretzels, a nacho bar, and 7 Little Cupcakes in the warehouse, which was decorated by Your Perfect Day, and brick-oven pizza in the main building.

Each guest received a custom designed, hand-fired, one-of-kind pilsner glass by Firenation. Door prizes included certificates for Reve Salon and Spa, Jonathon Khoi Nail Spa, and a $5,000 Buckeye Broadband advertising schedule.

Making his first public appearance since his election the previous day was Toledo Mayor-Elect Wade Kapszukiewicz. Also seen were Marc Folk of the Arts Commission; arts supporters Mary and John Fedderke; Susan Allan Block, wife of Allan Block, chairman of Block Communications, Inc., owner of Buckeye Broadband and The Blade; Kurt Franck, executive editor, executive vice president and interim general manager of The Blade, and many more.

FALL colors, sequins, leathers, furs, and other casual and formal wear were all at the Auxiliary to the Ability Center’s 33rd annual style show Passport to Fashion presented by Home Instead Senior Care at the Pinnacle in Maumee. The $28,000 raised supports Ability Center services for children and adults living with disabilities, including a program to prepare students with disabilities for post secondary education.

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