Tremont ArtWalk Lives On Through Walkabout Tremont
By Brad Hauber & Julie Goulis
Our first Tremont ArtWalk was in 1995. A co-worker invited us and we had never been to Tremont so we jumped at the chance to visit a new neighborhood. We fell in love with Tremont instantly. Little did we know at the time, we would eventually come to call Tremont home, the ArtWalk would become a regular monthly occurrence for us, and many of the things that fill our home would be purchases made during the ArtWalk.
We also never imagined that 20+ years later we would be part of a group of passionate volunteers working to transform the Tremont ArtWalk.
Walkabout Tremont is a re-imagination of the Tremont ArtWalk, which has graced our vibrant neighborhood for 23 years. The essence of Walkabout Tremont is a new emphasis on all that is creative in our community: gallery art, performance art, fashion, food, music, specialty retail and services, as well as our churches and local history.
Walkabout Tremont kicks off Friday, May 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be extended hours at galleries and shops, pop-up tents featuring art and artists from within and outside Tremont, street entertainment, live music, and restaurant and bar specials. Many of our historic churches will be open Friday night and through the weekend, and you can participate in local history and neighborhood audio tours.
Walkabout Tremont still happens the 2nd Friday of every month, and visitors are now encouraged to make a weekend of it. There are more than 30 bed & breakfast and Airbnb locations in the neighborhood, Saturday and Sunday brunches, and shopping all weekend. You could even attend services at the church where your grandparents were married.
Every second weekend, we hope you’ll put on your walking shoes and come play, shop, eat and experience everything we love about our creative neighborhood and how the artistic spirit continues to thrive.
Visit WalkaboutTremont.com for more specifics, an event map, neighborhood tours and gallery/store/restaurant hours.
Brad Hauber has been a Tremont resident since 2004 and a board member of the Tremont West Development Corporation since 2015. He runs a content marketing/public relations agency known as The Right Word out of his home in Tremont.