Harrisonburg readies for First Fridays

The Arts Council of the Valley announces the June 1 First Fridays Downtown schedule and participating partners. The free celebration of culture and community is held in downtown Harrisonburg from 5-8 p.m. on the first Friday of the month from April through December.

The schedule of venues and planned events follow:

Hardesty-Higgins House Visitors Center | 212 S. Main Street • Open for First Fridays Downtown, the Visitor Center will be offering free travel information, maps, children’s games in the Valley Turnpike Museum, interpretive film in the Civil War Orientation center, restroom access and light refreshments

Larkin Arts Studio | Coming Soon

Cosmic Debris | 16 Newman Avenue • 20% off all items

Duo: New & Used Clothing | 108 S. Main Street

Yarn Mountain | 25 E. Water Street

Laughing Dog Tee-Shirts & Gifts | 82 S. Main Street • kat & the traveler’s performing live jazz, blues and swing

Downtown Music 34 | 34 S. Main Street • Improvisational Theater with No Strings Attached • Tickets are $3

Dancing with Karen | 77 E. Market Street

A Touch of the Earth | 38 E. Market Street

Friendly City Food Co-op | 150 E. Wolfe Street • Lono – A Collection of Hawaiian Photography by S.E. Murphy • Refreshments

Glen’s Fair Price Store, Inc. | 227 N. Main Street

Blue Nile | 181 N. Main Street

Capital Ale House | 41-A Court Square

Downtown Wine and Gourmet | 41-C Court Square • Free Wine Tasting • Justin Abel on guitar

Court Square Theater | 61 Graham Street

The Artful Dodger | 47 Court Square

Ragtime Fabrics | 60 W. Water Street

Beyond | 50 W. Water Street

All Things Virginia | 68 W. Water Street • Ann Stephenson, stained glass artist

Wine on Water | 70 W. Water Street • Wine Tasting

The Lady Jane | 128 W. Market Street, Suite 101 • Photography by Jeremiah Morris, www.facebook.com/JeremiahMorrisPhotography

Ruby Red Shoe Boutique | 128 W. Market Street, Suite 102 • Kim Neider, local jewelry artisan

Mint Clothing, Accessories, and Gifts | 128 W. Market Street, Suite 103 • April Sedeen will exhibit a collection of her paintings, drawings, and photographs   Aprilsedeen.com and Doodledujour.com

Dragonflies Toys | 49-E. W. Water Street

Dance & Co. | 115 S. Main Street

OASIS Gallery | 103 S. Main Street • Free concert by songwriter and professional music therapist Blue O’Connell of Charlottesville, http://www.blueoconnell.com/music.htm

Dave’s Taverna | 121 S. Main Street

Shenandoah Bicycle Co. and PULP Smoothie Bar | 135 S. Main Street • Organic Acai Bowls and Smoothies

Clementine | 153 S. Main Street • Paintings by Kristen Saunders – she will be available to talk about her work from 4-6pm

You Made It | 163 S. Main Street • David Cline of BitterSweet to do “The Art of Cake Decorating” demos

Linda S. Hoover, CFP, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. | 165 S. Main Street • Bill Harouff, Contemplative Folk Singer and Greg Versen, Photographer

Ten Thousand Villages | 181 S. Main Street • Visions Of Matt, Art Exhibit by Matt Sedeen – this show focuses on a unique assortment of dramatic and fun portraits of dogs and people

The Yellow Button | 192 S. Main Street  • Photography by Brandy Somers

Asbury United Methodist Church | 205 S. Main St. • Paint and Paper: works by award winning watercolor artist Anne McFarland – she will be present from 6-7pm

Arts Council of the Valley’s Smith House | 311 S. Main St.
• Paintings by Nan Covert

Special Attractions:
* Horse-Drawn Rides with Classic Carriage. Anytime between 5-8 p.m., join Sonny and Cher, two beautiful Belgian Draft Horses,on a 20-minute tour around downtown Harrisonburg. Rides depart from the Massanutten Regional Library 174 S. Main St., $5 adults / $3 children
* Children’s Activities with Explore More Discover Museum | 150 S. Main StreetOpen from 4-7 pm, as part of their First Fridays “Summer Skies” program – history of the Aztec Sun Calendar and constellation viewing. Free program, sponsored by the Harrisonburg Kiwanis Club. Located next to the Massanutten Regional Library

This program is supported by The Virginia Commission for the Arts, the City of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.



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