Downtown Camp Hill Association Hosts Summer Soirée on June 5 Featuring Plein Air Competition and Outdoor Mural Reveal

The Downtown Camp Hill Association (DCHA) will host their annual Summer Soirée on Saturday, June 5, 2021, from 12 noon to 9:00 p.m. Featuring shopping, dining, Plein Air painting, kids’ art in the park, and music for the entire family, DCHA will also debut their first #ThriveHere Camp Hill Outdoor Mural at Reager & Adler, 2331 Market Street.

“It’s a Destination Day in Camp Hill. We welcome the public to stroll our walkable community, shop our 100+ small businesses, watch Plein Air artists in action, bring your children to the Kids’ Art in the Park event, and celebrate our inaugural community mural reveal,” says Sue Pera, president of DCHA and owner of Cornerstone Coffeehouse in Camp Hill. “We have more than 17 Plein Air artists registered to participate in our Quick Draw competition!”

Downtown Market Street will be blocked off from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. as part of the Summer Soirée to allow for safe, socially distanced outdoor fun on the main corridor. In addition to art and shopping, there will be live entertainment throughout the day, dining specials, a solar telescope event at Willow Park, hot dogs, hamburgers, and root beer floats from the Camp Hill Fire Department, and an outdoor concert from Funktion at 5:00 p.m. in front of Watershed Restaurant.

“This is an opportunity to roll out our welcome mat and boast everything Camp Hill has to offer. Adding an art component and an outdoor mural brings visitors and is a magnet for younger generations. It’s another reason for people to relax and linger downtown as long as they wish,” says David Reager, owner of Reager & Adler, and sponsor of the #ThriveHere outdoor mural. Award-winning Plein Air painter Julie Riker, whose studio is in Camp Hill, was commissioned to create Camp Hill’s community outdoor mural.

“As a volunteer association, we are grateful to the sponsors who are supporting this event and for a host of volunteers who together believe that art and business are a powerful driver for a thriving community,” says Tony Conte, owner of Conte Wealth Advisors and DCHA board member.

“The pandemic revealed a level of resilience that many of us didn’t realize we had. The mission of DCHA supports an entrepreneurial ecosystem that helps everyone #ThriveHere,” says Anne Deeter Gallaher, owner of Deeter Gallaher Group and DCHA board member. “In a town of 8,000 residents, people will move on if there are minimal opportunities for growth and success. On the contrary, we’re seeing an influx of businesses and visitors dispelling the myth that small towns are hanging on. To echo Charly Jupiter Hamilton in Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America, ‘This is a place where the tide is in. If you put your boats out, put your ventures out, right now, we can make something of ourselves.’”

Sponsors include: Reager & Adler, Penn State Health, Robert & Angela Ortenzio Family Foundation, Halbruner, Hatch & Guise, David & Jeanne Reager, Mid Penn Bank, Centric Bank, The Drexel Group, Holmes Cycling, Smith Land & Improvement Corporation, Body IQ, Dethlefs Pykosh & Murphy, Lou and Lynn Thieblemont, and the Camp Hill Fire Department.

6:30 AM – 10 AM: Downtown Corridor businesses open
11 AM – 12 NOON: Check-in for Quick Draw Artists at Reager & Adler
12 NOON: Quick Draw Artists begin drawing at their locations on Market Street and Willow Park
12 NOON – 1:30 PM: Kids’ Art in the Park at Willow Park—free art event for children K-5th grade
12 NOON – 3 PM: Live music by Side of Yams and Shea Quinn, 1801 Market Street
12 NOON – 3 PM: Food trucks—#Hoagies and Smoke & Pickles, 1801 Market Street
2 PM: Quick Draw ends
2 PM – 2:30 PM: Quick Draw artists bring framed artwork and easels to Reager & Adler for judging
2 PM – 4 PM: Food, root beer floats, and fire truck on display by Camp Hill Fire Department at Willow Park
2 PM – 4 PM: Solar telescope event at Willow Park
3:45 PM: Clyde McGeary awards presentations to Quick Draw Winners
• $300 1st place
• $200 2nd place
• $100 3rd place
4 PM: Inaugural Outdoor Art Mural Reveal with Julie Riker, artist, and Dave Reager, Reager & Adler
5 PM – 9 PM: Music by Funktion

Founded in 2018, the Downtown Camp Hill Association (DCHA) supports and strengthens the downtown business district using the Main Street approach. A volunteer-driven association, it collaborates with local government and is focused on streetscape revitalization, building a strong enterprise ecosystem, and being a catalyst for economic prosperity and community gathering spaces.