Oak Creek hosts Art by the Pint

Wine, wares, beer, bands

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When David Epstein was hanging out with a friend one night last year, the topic of conversation turned to parties.

"We were sitting around at Chelsea's (Restaurant) thinking about having a party," Epstein said. He tossed out the idea of having a beer festival to "get people to come down and have some beer and listen to some music."

The idea for "Art by the Pint" surfaced, and Epstein organized a day of beer sampling and art viewing in downtown Oak Creek.

The party has come back for a second year and will take place today on Main Street and on the stage behind Chelsea's Restaurant in Oak Creek.

At Chelsea's Restaurant, a range of meads -- or honey wines -- from the Red Stone Meadery in Boulder will be on tap, along with a variety of beers. The restaurant will showcase artwork from a local artist and will host two bands on its stage during the day.

A few other artists will be selling their wares on Main Street. The Farmer's Market will be set up at the west end of town, and a few Art Cars will be on display.

A new element that Epstein is adding to the festival has to do with Oak Creek's real estate. On Saturday, several homes in the downtown area will be open for people to view.

There's the grand Victorian house built by a mine superintendent in the early 1900s that has five bedrooms, a wrap-around porch and is selling for $279,000.

There's also one of the original miner's cabins that's right on Main Street and could be used for residential or commercial purposes, Epstein said. That cottage is selling for $90,000.

"It gives an opportunity for young families to come down and take a look at Oak Creek," Epstein said. "We're kind of playing off the fact that it's a real small town."

Oak Creek offers more affordability and more of a small-town feel than does Steamboat Springs, Epstein said.

Attracting new residents and giving current residents a chance to party with each other are two of the goal's of the day, Epstein said.

"Art by the Pint is a way to bring the community together and have a unique festival," Epstein said.

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