Downtown Lewiston will debut its new look, and library, with a full day of events Saturday. Festivities mark the end of the First and Fifth Street Rebuild Project, the grand opening of the Lewiston City Library and the start of summer with the Farmer’s Market and a new concert series.Lewiston City Library Grand Opening
Fifth Street in front of the library will be closed between Capital and D Streets for the library’s grand opening from 11-3 p.m. There will be crafts, games and prizes for kids; a bouncy house; live music inside and outside; free refreshments; and tours upon request.
A first-day issue stamp and envelopes featuring the library building will be sold by the Friends of the Lewiston Library as a fundraiser. Retired postmaster Ed Baldus will stamp the envelopes inside the library.
Photos will be available with the library’s new mascot, a steelhead salmon. Pictures with the fish will be available on the hour in the library conference room.
Free shuttle rides to the library will be available from Sacajawea and Jenifer Junior High Schools. The shuttle will unload and pickup in front of the library on D Street. A complete shuttle schedule is available below. The first 250 people who use an alternative mode of transportation to the opening will receive a free tote bag from Beautiful Downtown Lewiston.
Downtown Art Tours
From 2-4:30 p.m. Members of Beautiful Downtown Lewiston will lead walking tours of the 25 artworks installed during the downtown remodel — from the large mosaics by Spokane’s Melissa Cole to colorful bike racks and benches by 13 Northwest artists. Tours will stop at more than a dozen individual pieces and will leave on the hour from the Lewis-Clark State College Center for Arts & History at 415 Main St.
Farmers Market and Sound Downtown
The Lewiston Farmers Market starts its season from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday in the D Street Parking lot. This is a new day for the market previously held on Wednesdays.
Across the street a special four-hour concert will kick off Sound Downtown, a free Saturday night concert series running through Aug. 31 in Brackenbury Square. From 4:30-8:30 p.m. the LCSC Jazz Band will perform followed by the blues band Hard Travelin.’
Sound Downtown concerts are free and will typically run from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The weekly concert series replaces last year’s monthly Alive After 5. Bands to perform this summer include the Singing Mountain Man June 29, Flight Edition on July 20, 7 Devils on Aug. 3, and the Katz Band on Aug. 17.
Opportunities to tip the musicians will be provided and encouraged. Food and beverages will be for sale by Lewiston Farmers Market vendors.
The day’s events at a glance:
11 a.m. First and Fifth Rebuild Project Grand Opening
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lewiston City Library Grand Opening, 411 D Street
11 a.m. Library flag pole dedication
11:20 a.m. Library ribbon cutting
2-4:30 p.m. Downtown Art Tours leaving on the hour from Lewis-Clark State College Center for Arts & History, 415 Main St.
4:30-7:30 p.m. Lewiston Farmers Market, D Street Parking Lot
4:30-8:30 p.m. Sound Downtown featuring LCSC Jazz Band and Hard Travelin’ at Brackenbury Square
A free shuttle to the Lewiston City Library Grand Opening runs 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with pickup sites at Jenifer Junior High School and Sacajawea Junior High School. A Lewiston School District bus will provide the service.
Sacajawea Junior High School – arrive 10 a.m., depart 10:10 a.m.
Jenifer Junior High School – arrive 10:20 a.m., depart 10:30 a.m.
Library – arrive 10:40 a.m., depart 10:50 a.m.
Sac – arrive 11:10 a.m., depart 11:20Jenifer- arrive 11:30 a.m., depart 11:40
Library – arrive 11:50 a.m., depart noon
Sac- arrive 12:20 p.m., depart 12:30
Jenifer – arrive 12:40, depart 12:50
Library – arrive 1:00, depart 1:10
Sac- arrive 1:30, depart 1:40
Jenifer – arrive 1:50, depart 2:00
Library – arrive 2:10, depart 2:20
Sac – arrive 2:40, depart 2:50
Jenifer – arrive 3:00, depart 3:10Library – arrive 3:20, depart 3:40
3:50 drop off at Jenifer
4:00 drop off at Sac
4:20 Last pick up at library
4:30 drop off Jenifer
4:40 drop off Sac