Harmonium Project to host event today

STEUBENVILLE — The Harmonium Project, the force behind events like First Fridays on Fourth and the open-air market, is hosting a “get-to-know-you” session tonight at Froehlich’s Classic Corner so people can ask questions, offer suggestions and, if they’re so inclined, get involved.

Board member Therese Nelson said they want the community to know its members are “invested” in Steubenville for the long haul.

“We’ve settled down here, we plan to be here a long time,” she said. “We plan to continue doing what we’ve been doing and to do far more than what we’ve been doing. We’re not just college students who are going to be here a few years because they have to and then leave. (And) we want everyone in the city to be part of the revitalization of Steubenville.”

Nelson said the Harmonium Project has been around for six years, but only four of its original board members remain. The other 10, including Nelson herself, are “brand new.”

“We want to get know people,” she said. “And we want them to know we’re not just these ethereal beings behind First Fridays. We want to share our goals and our future plans for Harmonium Project events. We also want it to be an opportunity to hear (from) anyone who might have ideas or who might want to know more about us.”

Nelson said they’re encouraging people to “think about what they want to see us work on, maybe get join us on project or start new projects with us.”

“We just want everyone to feel their city is their home, take responsibility for it, to love it on a personal level,” she added. “We want families to stay here, invite their friends here, establish businesses here. We want the city to thrive and we want it to thrive because of the people here, first and foremost.”

The forum will run from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Froehlich’s.