The merchants of downtown Woodstock will transform the district into New Orleans on Friday night for the monthly "Friday Night Live" event.
During the free event from 6 to 9 p.m. the first Friday of the month, shops and restaurants stay open late and offer special activities related to a theme. This month's theme is "Mardi Gras on Main."
The festivities will include a Mardi Gras parade beginning at 8 p.m. along Chambers, Wheeler, East Main and Fowler streets. Mardi Gras king and queen candidates will be featured in the parade, and then winners will be crowned. Float applications still are being accepted.
There will be bands performing in front of shops, and musicians strolling through downtown performing. The Owl Creek Band will play at 7 p.m. at The Cotton Mill Deli, and PURE Woodstock will host a no-cover, after-hours disco party until 1 a.m.
Roomscapes Gallery and Heartworks Studio will present an exhibit by artist Chase King with live music by Blaine Steven Lusk from New Orleans and hurricane drinks. Ann Litrel Art will present a drawing and sculpture show featuring artists Kristina Havens and Matthew Lewis.
Blue Frog Imports will celebrate its grand opening with food from CANS Taqueria and a painting table for children. Seven Arrows will serve Cajun-inspired refreshments and give away beads.
Pennybag Emporium will serve refreshments including shrimp jambalaya and also will pass out beads and offer games for children and door prizes. FoxTale Books will present a book launch and signing at 6:30 p.m. with Patricia Sprinkle, author of "Hold Up the Sky," and refreshments will be served.
The Woodstock Visitors Center at Dean's Store will host game night, where guests can play board and card games.
For information, call (770) 924-0406.
Jazz, ballet festivals this month
Marcus Alford, co-owner and artistic director of Dancentre South in Woodstock, this month will present the Jazz on Tap and BalletFest Atlanta dance festivals.
Alford is the founder and artistic director of both festivals, which are in their 24th and eighth years, respectively.
Jazz on Tap is on Friday through Sunday at the Joe Mack Wilson Student Center Theatre at Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta.
Thirty-seven dance companies are participating including two from Cherokee County: Dancentre South Company and Cherokee Ballet Theatre of Woodstock School of Ballet.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $16 for adults and $11 for students and children. Dance workshops on Saturday and Sunday are open to festival participants and the public and are $20 each.
BalletFest is from March 11 through March 13 at the theater. Dancentre South Company is among the participating companies.
Performances are at 5 and 8 p.m. March 12 and 2 p.m. March 13. Tickets are $16 for adults and $11 for students and children. Dance workshops on Saturday and Sunday are open to the public and festival participants age 9 and older and are $20 each.
For information, call (770) 516-7229 or e-mail DanceFestInc@Comcast.net.
Primus awarded contract in Texas
Loop Fresh Produce has chosen Primus Builders of Woodstock to design and construct the expansion of their south Texas distribution center.
Primus was the original design/build partner for the 45,000-square-foot facility, which was constructed in 2007 and houses various types of seasonal produce.
The company plans to begin construction for the expansion this month. The ex pansion will incorporate an additional 55,000 square feet of dock, coolers, support and office areas.