Roanoke to present ‘Spring Fling’

Merchants in downtown Roanoke will welcome spring with a Spring Fling on Saturday, May 4, celebrating grand openings, re-openings and shopping specials.

In addition, the former Coil Factory at 314 N. Main St., in downtown Roanoke, will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to noon.

The building - which housed a hardware and agriculture implement business before becoming a manufacturing facility - is the new home of the Roanoke Public Library, which will hold its grand opening celebration the same day, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

More than 400 employees worked at the Coil Factory in the 1940s, making electrical coils used by the Americans during World War II. That product reportedly landed the factory on Hitler's "hit list."

The building now houses, in addition to the library, 10 business ventures, a conference room, workout facility and locker rooms.

One of the Coil Factory businesses, Crestwood Frame Shop and Gallery, will feature a gallery show of works by Ed Alvarez, Byron Thompson and Mike Van Vooren.

The opening reception is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, and will remain on exhibit through June 15.
Alvarez, a lifelong Fort Wayne resident, has been painting since early childhood.

He has studied with Maurice Papier and Rick Cartwright at the University of Saint Francis.

Thompson, who lives and works in Leo, is a painter and illustrator who creates art on found wood panels. His works include landscapes and abstracts.

Van Vooren is a stone carver and painter from Bloomington, carving mainly in limestone.