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Spring Fling marks Roanoke milestones

Roanoke is ready for its annual Spring Fling.

On Saturday, May 4, downtown Roanoke merchants welcome back spring with grand openings, re-openings and shopping specials.

The community will observe the grand opening of the new library, at 314 N. Main St., from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Helping to commemorate the event will be more than 15 area authors (Roanoke, Huntington and Fort Wayne) who combined have published more than 40 books.

Concurrently, the Coil Factory Building where the library is housed will have an open house. From 10 a.m. to noon, the public is welcome to peruse the reclaimed factory space which during World War II reportedly was on Hitler’s hit list for making electrical coils. Built in the early 1900s as a hardware and agricultural implement business, it grew to house more than 400 employees during the ’40s as part of the war effort. In addition to the library, the building now boasts 10 different business ventures plus a conference room, work-out facility and locker rooms.

One of the businesses, Crestwoods Frame Shop and Gallery, will be open with a special gallery showing of works by artist George McCullough. Known for his oil paintings and plein air works, McCullough was a beloved art professor at the Fort Wayne Art Institute and IPFW. He died in 2005.

That same day, Crestwoods will open an exhibit of art by Edward Alvarez, Bryon Thompson and Mike Van Vooren. An open house is scheduled from 4-8 p.m. The show continues through June 15. For more information, visit crestwoodsgallery.com, or call (260) 672-2080. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Around town, stores will be open and offering springtime specials. Of note, Moose & Mollies gelato and ice cream shop has its grand reopening and Paper Moon gift shop is celebrating its third birthday. 

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