It's time for downtown Beloit to Holidazzle!

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Art, music and holiday decorations will fill downtown Beloit Friday during the third annual Holidazzle celebration.

About 28 venues will feature the work of dozens of artists, giving shoppers some unique gift ideas. The artwork shown includes paintings, pottery, hand-blown ornaments, jewelry and much more. There will also be live music planned at several stops throughout the evening and even a visit from Santa.

Kathleen Braatz, executive director of the Downtown Beloit Association (DBA), said over 70 artists will fill the storefronts downtown for Holidazzle. Each businesses will have their own unique artistic atmosphere for participants to experience.

“Every venue is it's own mini-event” Braatz said. “They really go all out to welcome you … Its a very social, festive event.”

Holidazzle consists of shops, restaurants, businesses and institutions that will display and sell the work of local and regional artists and artisans amid holiday refreshments and entertainment. The first year of the event even won a state award from the Wisconsin Department of Commerce in 2004.

New this year is a horse drawn wagon ride that will be offered free by Blackhawk Bank along with the free trolley rides that continue this year from 5-10 p.m.

Live music will be available in at least 10 venues during the event. Suds O'Hanahan's Irish Pub will host a traditional Irish folk band called the River Road early in the evening and Emanuel Baptist Choir will be singing at Brill Jewelers. Other musicians will also be scattered throughout the event.

Music will continue after hours at Suds with a Celtic Rock band named Rising Gael. La Casa Grande will have a Latin guitar performer, and The Beloit Inn will have a “Holiday Sing-Along at the Grand” event in which Ron Nief will be accompanied on the piano. Also the Blues duo Glenn Davis and Matt Goodwin will be performing at the Beloit Fine Arts Incubator.

Holidazzle will also have events for children including visits with Santa at Turtle Creek Bookstore and a toy building workshop with the Angel Academy titled Noah's Ark Fluff & Stuff and pictures with Joseph and Mary.

First United Methodist Church will also be serving a fine-dining turkey delight dinner with all the trimmings for $5. Other merchants who are participating in Holidazzle can also indulge in this meal with the delivery service the church is offering. Merchants can call (608)290-2703 for more information.

Inside of the Holidazzle celebration, the Beloit Fine Arts Incubator will be hosting its annual fund-raiser with a silent auction of various art items. Bidders can stop in at the arts incubator on Friday. The auction is to include art by Roger Huizenga, Dean Foltz, Bob Houck, Carol Spitzneigl, John Spates and Ellen Malsch. Visitors to the Arts Incubator also can register for a holiday giveaway that will feature home decoratives from local artists and merchants.

“There's just really really cool stuff,” Braatz said. “We're so pleased that there are so many downtown businesses participating … ” Braatz said.

The celebration is organized by the Downtown Beloit Association and sponsored by Bee Sweetin, R.H. Batterman & Co. Inc., Beloit Daily News, and Kamelyun Design.

Santa is sponsored by Blackhawk State Bank, The Beloit Fire Department and Turtle Creek Bookstore.

Holidazzle is scheduled from 5-9 p.m., with select music venues continuing the celebration after 9 p.m. There is no charge for entry into any of the businesses. Brochures will be available at each venue detailing all artists and art venues for Holidazzlers to know where to go.

Holidazzle will still be completely accessible with the return of the free trolley rides along the route. For more information, call the DBA at (608)365-0150.

Here is a list of venues and what they offer:

1. American Industrial Arts Gallery, 655 Third Street, Suite 302-Sculpture by Jack Demunnik, Photographic Art Prints by Elizabeth Pratt, Photography by Leith A. Rohr and Fred Leonard. Paintings by Anne Elisabeth Hogh and Mark Gunderson.

2. Angel Academy, 511 Public Avenue-Children's Art , Candy and Cookies for sale! Build a toy with Noah's Ark Fluff & Stuff. Fundraiser-Traditional Holiday Turkey Dinner served by Candlelight with Carols. Take-out available!

3. Angel Museum, 656 Pleasant Street-Free admission with a non-perishable food donation. 10% off gift shop purchases including exquisite wearable Angel art-piece designed by Shelly Sippel.

4. Attic Quilts, 314 State Street-Jewelry and Hand-Dyed Silks by Dawn Mansfield, Flower Fairies by Suzie Kemman, Unique Local Gift Items.

5. Bagels & More, 324 State Street-Watercolors by Jeanette Fay. Special dinner menu available courtesy of Chef Paul. Miss Beloit Sara Siekierski will be singing.

6. The Banyan Tree, 550 East Grand Avenue-Vibrant, Whimsical Hand-Painted Mirrors and one-of-a-kind items by Darcy Disch-Demos. Also displaying examples of home and office mural designs available on contract.

7. The Beloit Inn, 500 Pleasant Street-After Hours “Holiday Sing-Along at the Grand”, piano accompaniment by famed Beloit entertainer Ron Nief (don't let the Scrooge hat fool you!) and cocktails in the lobby beginning at 9 p.m.

8. Bee Sweetin, 408 East Grand Avenue-Fun Jewelry for Fun Women by Becky Brittan, Swarovski Jewelry by Annette Conley, Terra More Jewelry by Susanna Valenti, Nature-Inspired Pottery by Cynthia Linnaberry, Apparel & Accessories by Sherry Polaski, Original Watercolors and Gift Cards by Susan Sweetin. Holiday Music by “Our Way” duo Steve & Shane Hornung.

9. Beloit Fine Arts Incubator, 520 East Grand Avenue-Fundraiser-Silent Auction throughout the evening for holiday gift packages and a diverse selection of original artwork from dozens of regional artists. Five exclusive pieces will be on view and will be auctioned live at 9 p.m. along with a raffle drawing for all the evening's visitors. A Blues Christmas kicks off shortly after 9 p.m. with Glenn Davis and Matt Goodwin playing live after-hours. Cash bar. Co-Sponsored by Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce.

10. Brill Jewelers, 415 East Grand-Fine Jewelry, Emanuel Baptist Choir performing!

11. Denali's Food & Spirits, 443 East Grand Avenue-Beautiful Basket Designs and Live Weaving Demonstrations by Jan Knutson. Original Gemstone Jewelry, Greeting Cards and Rosary Bracelets designed by Jan Herbert.

12. First National Bank & Trust, 349 East Grand Avenue-Raku Fired Pottery by John Wrenn, Hand-made Custom Jewelry Designs with Semi-precious Stones Set in Sterling Silver by Mary Ann Betlach of MA Designs.

13. Gallery ABBA, 437-439 East Grand Avenue-Sculpture by Alumni Evan Thomas, and collective show by Beloit College Artists. 

14. GEM Printing, 307 State Street-Hand-crafted Dichroic Glass Pendants and Christian Jewelry and Stained Glass Stepping Stones by Karen McKillips of KM Designs.

15. The Gummow Group at Stifel Nicholas, 400 East Grand-Watercolors by Ellen Wallen.

16. Heritage View, 604 Pleasant Street-Introducing Beloit's first urban loft condominium experience! Stop in for music and refreshments and tour the brand new condominium models with exquisite views of the Rock River and lighted “Forged on the Rock” murals.

17. Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, 408 East Grand Avenue-Hand-painted Ornaments by Donna Thiele, Wood Turnings by Doug Bauling. Tour luxury upper-floor lofts for lease!!

18. Jackson Tax Service, 418 East Grand Avenue-Foodie Gift Baskets by Dip-n-Good Mustard Creator Patricia Wilke. Landscape Oil Paintings by Leroy Mathewson. Jewelry and Hand-beaded  Wine Glasses, Vases and other “Whimsical Wants” by Angela Tijerina. Hand-painted Candle Holders and Name Plaques by Shannon Empereur.

19. La Casa Grande, 618 Fourth Street-After Hours Hot Spot! Music TBA.

20. The Nest Egg Gift Shop, 816 East Grand Avenue-Celebrating 26 Years! Culinary Gift Extravaganza!! Custom Designed Floral Arrangements and Holiday Decor! Santas and Snowmen, and All-Occasion Ornaments Galore! Refreshments served. 10% discount store-wide.

21. Pizzazz, 313 State Street-Jewelry created by Victoria Zoelner with Sterling Silver and Semi-Precious Gems .

22. Rindfleisch Flowers, 512 East Grand Avenue-Rolin Karg Signed Original Art Glass. Floral Arrangements, Home Decor and Specialty Gifts.

23. Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, 212 West Grand Avenue-Acrylic Paintings Collages and Shadowboxes by Jessica (Gharrity) Lemberg. Watercolors by Kathy Miller. Oil Paintings by Johanna Peterson. Photographs from Stephanie Natale of Natale Photography. Holiday Sweet Shoppe featuring Homemade Baked Goods, Gifts and Candies!

24. Stanton Shoes, 311 State Street-Beautiful Hand-Crocheted Scarves and Hats and Wooden Toys by Bonnie and Vic Miller.

25. Suds O'Hanahan's Irish Pub, 435 East Grand Avenue-Traditional Irish Folk Music performed by River Road 6 to 8 p.m. After Hours Celtic Rock by Rising Gael 8:30 to 12:30.

26. Tip to Toe Nails and Noggins Salon, 309 State Street-Jewelry by Connie Crouse. Decorative Boxes by Cindy Dyke. Recipe in a Jar by Tina Baumgratner.

27. Turtle Creek Bookstore, 444 East Grand Avenue-Visit SANTA CLAUS. Sponsored by Blackhawk State Bank and The Beloit Fire Department. Tickets on Sale for the 2nd Annual Beloit International Film Festival. Beloit College Clothing, Cards and Gifts.

28. The Villager, 429 East Grand Avenue-Neon Art and Kaleidoscopes by Jeff Coan, LIVE ornament blowing! Abstract Paintings on Canvas by Anne Elisabeth Hogh.

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