ARTini 2019

ARTini returns to downtown Rock Springs for a second year of fun, creative spirits, all for a good cause. Tickets will go on sale midsummer and are expected to go quickly.

ROCK SPRINGS — The Rock Springs Main Street/Urban Renewal Agency and Sweetwater County Concert Association are making preparations for the second annual ArTini in downtown Rock Springs.

Set for 6 p.m. Aug. 23 in Bank Court, ARTini is a celebration of the “art of spirits” featuring live music, raffles, and much more. Local mixologists will be invited to create unique martinis and compete for the coveted titles of “Judges’ Choice,” “People’s Choice,” and “Most M’artisanal.”

ARTini celebrates various forms of creative expression and encompasses the culinary, musical and visual arts. Because space in Bank Court is limited, only 200 tickets will be available for $35 each. One martini glass, which has been hand painted by a local artist, will be included with the admission price, along with 5 martini samples and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Tickets for the event will go on sale midsummer and are expected to sell out quickly.

Leading up to the event, various groups and organizations will be invited to host “martini glass painting parties.” Area artists will also be invited to participate in a “quick-draw” during the event. The first martini glass painting event took place at The 307 Real Estate Group on June 26. Announcements for other glass painting parties will be posted on www.facebook.com/RSDowntown.

While plans are still materializing, Bernadine Craft with the Sweetwater County Concert Association said the event should be a fun twist on the traditional fundraiser.

“Funds from the event will support both the Sweetwater County Concert Association and the Rock Springs Main Street/URA, so it’s a great partnership,” she added.

Chad Banks, Rock Springs Main Street/URA manager, said they’ve been looking for additional fundraising opportunities so they can tackle some of the bigger challenges in downtown Rock Springs.

“Partnering with the Sweetwater Community Concert Association is a wonderful opportunity for both of our organizations,” Banks added. “We’re also looking forward to hosting the event in Bank Court, which has huge potential as an event space downtown,” he said.

Last year, about $5,500 was raised for local organizations. Three local mixologists were awarded for their martini mixing skills during the 2018 ArTini event:

• People’s Choice – Brook Mitchell – Johnny Mac’s Good Time Tavern (Espresso Martini)

• Judge’s Choice – Malory Pollock – Backwards Distilling Company (Cinnamon Martini)

• Most M’artinsinal – Trina Brittain – (Raspberry Cobbler Martini)

The event steering committee is comprised of Banks, Craft and Tina Price, but additional volunteers are welcome to assist with the event. Those interested in serving on the committee can contact the Rock Springs Main Street/URA at 307-352-1434.

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