FROM NOTO -- The First NOTO Blues and BBQ Street party will be held this Sunday October 23rd, from 3 – 6 pm in the 800 block of North Kansas Avenue. Underwritten by Brad Jennings of Bradley’s Corner Café and Weller’s Bar and Grill, this is a fundraising event to benefit the NOTO Arts District project.
Admission is free and open to the public, but there will be donation jars to provide opportunities to donate to the NOTO Arts District.
Featured will be a meal of BBQ with all the trimmings for a suggested minimum donation of $10 for adults, with beer and wine available to purchase.
Ongoing music will be provided by three rotating groups: noted musician Judy Coder, the award winning, Topeka-based guitarist and singer, songwriter and album producer will highlight the afternoon. Also the popular local groups Slow Ya Roll and Wakamojo, who perform regularly on First Fridays in NOTO will provide entertainment at the BBQ starting at 3:00 p.m. The music will run until closing at 6:00 p.m. with brief stops for drawing of raffle tickets interspersed throughout the afternoon.
Ralph Hipp of 13 News at 4:00 will emcee the afternoon’s event.
Three pigs will be barbecued by three different chefs. Local celebrities will judge the finished product, including Deputy Mayor John Alcala, representative of this District.
Shops and studios/galleries will be open all afternoon. Street activities include pumpkin painting for children. The NOTO Community Arts Center will be open for the public to participate in the creation of street banners.
Additional activities in the NOTO Arts District Sunday afternoon include the opening display of “The People's Kind of Railroad: the Santa Fe, the City, the State and the Nation" from 1 – 4 in the Great Overland Station
“I love North Topeka, and wouldn’t live anywhere else,” said Brad Jennings, sponsor of the BBQ event. “I’m so happy with what is being developed with the NOTO Arts District that I want to show my support and help raise money to support for the project. I’m pleased to have many other businesses join me in support. I plan to make it an annual event.”
“When Brad came to us saying he planned to sponsor this, we were thrilled with his generosity,” said Anita Wolgast and John Hunter, co-chairs of the NOTO project. “We took it to the NOTO board and they were 100% supportive.” We set up a planning team to work with Brad and it is going to be a fantastic, fun afternoon in NOTO. We hope for a huge crowd, similar to our First Friday crowds! People have learned that it is relaxed and fun in the NOTO Arts District.”