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PARK(ing) Day brings unique recreation to Downtown Appleton


It’s the one downtown night each year in which the curb line grabs more eyes than the storefronts.

There’s a lot that can be done with a little creativity and a car’s length of space.

“It’s always fun to see what people come up with,” said Bri Getchius, featured artist at Pinot’s Palette.

Downtown Appleton punctuated its 2019 Art on the Town season on Friday with PARK(ing) Day, during which parking spots became miniature parks for a few evening hours.

As always, it was a night of variety.

Makaroff Youth Ballet performed between the lines outside City Center. Firefighters let youngsters explore one of their trucks.

Heid Music offered a chance to play with a steel drum ready for test drives.

Those strolling the sidewalks encountered everything from live music to body painting and belly dancers.

Painter Lee Mothes set up a canvas in the parking spot in front of Mud & Prints and went to work on a waterscape. 

“I like to share my process of painting and it isn’t something I can do in the studio,” he said with cars zipping by just feet in front of him.

Mothes hoped to draw some curiosity into his brushstrokes and inspire.

“It’s wonderful when people have the idea, ‘I can do that,’” he said. 

Several of the mini parks offered hands-on experiences. 

Getchius’ booth consisted of a variety of paints, a tabletop to paint upon and a warm welcome.

“Hopefully, we’ll get a cool collage of fun stuff,” she said.