(Posted May 25, 2021)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Mount Sterling village council approved Hammer Time Pub’s request to extend its seating outdoors onto the sidewalk and into the street during the Summer Jam festival set for June 17-19. The area will serve as a beer garden and a seating area to watch live music.
Deanna Pettit, who owns the pub at 27 S. London St. with her mother, Nancy Ford, brought her request before council on May 24. She plans to set up seating, including bleachers, and tents in front of her establishment. She is sponsoring the bands that will perform each night of the festival on the street in front of the pub. She also hopes to honor customers’ requests by holding children’s karaoke one day of the festival.
Visitors will be welcome to bring their own lawn chairs and food into the beer garden. The pub does not currently serve food. Pettit encourages visitors to purchase food from of the festival food trucks or other businesses in town.
As is required by law, Pettit will rope off the area and post signage. She said she will personally watch to make sure patrons follow the rules and remain within the ropes while consuming alcohol. She said her business firmly believes in being a positive part of the community.
“I always say that we are a safe, community-based, fun place, and we want to keep doing that,” she said.
Council approved Pettit’s request 5-1 with David Timmons casting the “no” vote.
The Mount Sterling Chamber of Commerce sponsors Summer Jam which debuted in 2019 and was cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The three-day event takes place on downtown streets and includes live music, food trucks, the beer garden, contests, vendors, crafters, and children’s activities and rides.
Festival hours are 5-10 p.m. June 17-18 and noon-10 p.m. June 19. The ride company will sell $12 wristbands for unlimited rides noon-4 p.m. June 19.
Other events coming up in Mount Sterling include:
Movie Nights. The last Saturday of May, June, July and August, at Mason Park on State Route 207. Admission is free. Movies starts at dusk (approximately 8:30 p.m.) with themed activities taking place beforehand. The village’s parks and recreation department sponsors the events. The Mount Sterling Eagles Youth League sells concessions. This year’s movie titles and themed activities are:
– May 29–The village will show “Up.” Before the movie, children can learn about bike safety. The village will give away bikes and bike helmets.
– June 26–“The Jungle Book.” Mount Sterling Public Library will have their bookmobile on site.
– July 31–“Tom & Jerry.” An animal-themed activity is in the works.
– Aug. 28–“The Lorax.” A conservation theme is planned. The village hopes to give away tree seedlings.
Outdoor Spring Bazaar. June 5, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Mount Sterling Community Center, 164 E. Main St. The bazaar will feature local crafters, artisans and home-based entrepreneurs, including foodies and direct-sales representatives. Admission and parking is free. Door prizes and games are planned. Organized by Columbus Creative Chics, the event benefits the community center.
Food & Flea. June 6, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at Mason Park on State Route 207. Organized by the village’s parks and recreation department, the event takes place the first Sunday of the month, May-October, at the park. Visitors can grab goodies at the food trucks and shop at the booths. Anyone is welcome to rent a space to sell flea market items, crafts, or direct-sale goods. Flea market spaces cost $20 per Sunday; food truck spaces cost $40 per Sunday. For details, call Becky Martin, a member of the parks and recreation committee, at (740) 506-0006.
Dolly & Me Tea. June 13, 4-5:30 p.m., at the Mount Sterling Community Center, 164 E. Main St. Bring your favorite girl and her favorite doll for high tea. The menu includes tea sandwiches, cupcakes, chocolates and a variety of sweet treats, tea and lemonade. A silent auction is planned. Tickets are $5 and must be purchased in advance at the community center. No tickets will be sold at the door. Admission is free for children ages 3 and younger. Proceeds benefit the center. For details, call (740) 869-2453.