Art On The Hill Kicks Off 2nd Annual Christmas in July Contest
When the owners of Clay Rat Studio, Eric and Elizabeth Boynton, decided to step back from the retail business, they reached out to their contributing artists to find out if someone would keep their special corner of Souderton’s art scene alive and well. Joanne Fabian decided it was the right time for her to take the reigns, and in February 2017, she did just that. Joanne renamed the business Art On The Hill, but kept many of the contributing artists, including the Boyntons. She knew the business, knew the clients, knew the talented artists, and felt that it would be a seamless transition for the gallery’s loyal following.
Exhibit B Opens New Show On 3rd Fridays
Who would think that Souderton borough, nestled into the Indian Valley region of Montgomery County, would be a thriving art scene? As it turns out, the arts are alive and well in Souderton. One reason Play It Out chose this area for our Escape Room is that we know our local community embraces creativity. From galleries, to theater, to interactive play, Souderton exudes art.
On Main Street, you’ll find several venues that showcase a variety of artistic mediums, including Exhibit B Gallery, Montgomery Theater, Art on the Hill, and Consign for Design. With the recent purchase of the Broad Street Theater, and the upcoming indoor market, there’s even more to come over the next year!
Exhibit B Gallery, owned by Harry and Heather Boardman, is located at 105 N. Main Street and opened in December of 2016. The Boardmans formerly showed their work out of their home just outside town. As they got busier, they realized that they needed a commercial space to truly realize their vision. They bought the old cigar factory on Main Street, converting the first floor into their gallery, and creating their home upstairs. The basement will soon be available for retail, studio, or office space. Both Boardmans now have ample studio space. Heather creates jewelry with her own beads that she makes using lampworking. Harry works in oil pastel, and both of them have pieces displayed for sale throughout the gallery.
This Friday, Exhibit B is opening Tranquil Visions, featuring Sandy Askey-Adams in her very first solo show. Visit the gallery to explore her nature-inspired soft pastels, and enjoy some light refreshments. Be sure to take a walk all around Main and Broad Streets to visit the many vendors and shops participating in 3rd Friday. There will be food, live entertainment, shopping, and family activities. Keep an eye on the 3rd Friday Facebook page for rain contingency plans!
Exhibit B opens a new show during Souderton’s 3rd Friday events each month. Featured artists are professionals from this general region. Artists who wish to show their work at Exhibit B should visit the Enter Shows link to see the criteria before setting up an appointment with Harry. While the monthly shows will feature one artist or a small group of artists, the gallery has work from up to 25 artists at any given time. Pieces are changed out quarterly, with an annual group show to highlight the year’s artists from November through January.
Exhibit B hopes to be an artistic destination in the region. While they have hosted a few classes and workshops, their future plans are to partner with more artists and instructors to grow the classroom program. They are committed to helping Downtown Souderton grow a reputation as a popular walkable center of commerce. Harry and Heather hope to see you around town soon!
Souderton Escape Room Makes the Grade
If you have already escaped at Play It Out, it should come as no surprise that your own Souderton Escape Room pleased our tough industry critics. Rachel from EscapinGuru visited us in March to play both The Loft and Pawnshop. We are proud to share that Rachel had great things to say about our games. This is high praise from someone who travels extensively to play Escape Rooms.
Souderton 3rd Fridays are back!
Souderton’s Business Improvement District (BID) is proud to present 3rd Friday events once again in 2018. From April to October, visit downtown Souderton to enjoy dinner, dessert, live music, family friendly activities, and specials from local businesses and vendors. This year, 3rd Friday will cover its largest footprint so far: Main Street from Montgomery Theater to Broad Street, Chestnut Street on both sides of Main Street, and even East Broad Street.
Indoor Market in Souderton’s Future
If you’ve been keeping up with Souderton news this past year, surely you heard that there were competing bids for the building adjacent to the old Broad Street Theater. In the fall of 2017, Barbara Smith and Davood Sowhangar each placed a bid on the property. Sowhangar, owner of Broad Street Pizza, submitted a proposal to relocate his business to the property and offer commercial and residential rental units. Smith, owner of Ark Animal Hospital, proposed an indoor market and restaurant space.
Escape the Office
Did you know that Play It Out offers business hours appointments for corporate team building? Our games are a great escape from the office, or an opportunity to build teamwork and communication skills. Email us or give us a call to schedule your corporate event today! If you can’t come to us, don’t forget that we can bring our portable game to your corporate campus. Escape without ever leaving the property!
What’s so great about escaping?
The live action Escape Room industry in the United States is about 4 years old. World-wide, it’s about 11 years old. Scott Nicholson, leading researcher of the escape room industry, has written extensively about the rise of escape rooms. When you consider this in relation to other industries, it’s still in its infancy!
Play It Out Comes to You
Have you visited Play It Out, our Souderton Escape Room yet? If not, what are you waiting for? Our games are getting great reviews, and they won’t be around forever, so get your group together and book an escape at Play It Out. Have you ever thought about what a unique addition an escape room would be to your private party or corporate event? If so, give us a call today and book Our Portable Escape Room!
April Happenings for Play It Out
There may be snow on the ground, but spring is finally around the corner! As we look forward to warmer weather, longer days, and fresh greenery, the Play It Out crew is busy planning events and happenings all over our little corner of Montgomery County.
First things first: Play It Out will be closed on Easter Sunday so that we can spend time with our families. We hope you enjoy your holiday festivities, whatever they are! On Thursday, April 5th, we’ll be right back to work with our friends at Cardinal Hollow Winery for their Vendors and Vino Event. At this event, you can shop local vendors, buy wine, enter raffles, and play our 5 minute teaser game.
Who Plays Escape Rooms?
If you’re just finding out about escape rooms, the whole concept might be kind of confusing. What is it, exactly? I’m so glad you asked! Escape rooms are live action games where players search for clues, solve puzzles and riddles, and work together to achieve a goal before time runs out. Now that the industry has gained popularity in the United States, you’ll find that often the objective isn’t even an escape, but rather some mission to accomplish.
So who are our customers? It turns out that we here at Play It Out cast a pretty wide net to attract players. Escape rooms are fun for a variety of ages and group dynamics. On a typical Saturday, we’ll host a girl scout troop, followed by a book club, followed by a group of high school friends, followed by a three generation family, and we’ll top the night off with double dates. The best thing about escape rooms is that everyone can participate and have fun! You don’t have to be book smart, or street smart, or tech smart. You just have to be willing to exercise your brain a little and talk to your fellow players. Escape rooms have brought back social time, and everyone is getting on board.