May 31--Cold beer, hot food and classic architecture provided a fundraising recipe for the local arts scene Saturday in St. Joseph.
The Second Annual Beer Walk For The Arts led people on a tour through six historic structures in the Museum Hill District. At each stop, visitors could taste two craft beers and sample food from a variety of local restaurants.
Amy Jackson, co-chair of the Beer Walk For The Arts Committee, said the success of last year's event led the group to increase the capacity from 150 to 200 this year, with all tickets sold out in advance.
"Everybody can find something they like, whether it's architecture, art, beer or food," Ms. Jackson said.
All proceeds from the Beer Walk benefited the Arts Fund, an annual fundraising campaign that supports seven local arts organizations: The Allied Arts Council, Performing Arts Association, Saint Joseph Symphony, St. Joseph Community Chorus, RiverSong Chorus, Midwest Artist Association and Creative Arts Productions.
John Hammer sat on the front porch of his home on 11th Street - The John Townsend House - as crowds came to see the fruits of his labor. Mr. Hammer said he started restoration on the home in 1995, with progress accelerating in 2012. He estimated the work had taken 6,000 to 8,000 hours of labor so far.
"It's just a labor of love, and I want to share it," Mr. Hammer said.
The event's fundraising total was unavailable Saturday afternoon. The 200 tickets were sold at either $35 apiece or $50 per pair. Organizers said the previous year's event raised about $5,000 with just 150 guests, which would put this year's eventual total significantly higher.
For information about the Arts Fund or to make a donation, call the Allied Arts Council office at 233-0231 or visit www.stjoearts.org.
Clinton Thomas can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter: @SJNPThomas.
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