First Friday will feature summer send off events
by Jessicah Peters
August 01, 2014 12:05 AM | 3261 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Although summer is winding down, Woodstock and Canton Main Street programs are cranking up the fun at their First Friday events with shopping, food, crafts and more family activities before school starts Monday.

In Canton, the Main Street program is saying farewell to summer with classic rock music, food and local shopping from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight. There will be bounce houses for children, vendors and other activities in downtown Canton.

Canton Main Street Director Meghan Griffin said a new business, Stout’s Growlers, will be welcomed to downtown during the event.

“We’re really excited to have Stout’s Growlers join us for the first time, and our plan is to just bid farewell to summer by offering a fun family night,” Griffin said. “It’ll be an opportunity for them to come out and spend some time together before school starts back.”

Admission and parking for the First Friday events are free. Blankets or chairs are recommended. Parking is available at many locations around town, which will be marked and directed by volunteers. Streets are blocked off starting at about 5 p.m., and events will run until 9 p.m.

Hippies in Woodstock

The First Friday theme, “Summer of Love: HippieFest” in downtown Woodstock is all about three things: peace, love, and rock ‘n’ roll.

There will be a hippie costume contest and all event-goers are encouraged to break out the tie-dyed shirts, headbands and bell bottoms.

To enter, participants will need to stop by the Woodstock Visitors Center and have their picture taken. The best dressed participant will receive a $100 downtown gift certificate.

Woodstock Director of Tourism and Visitors Center Operations, Kyle Bennett, said the hippie theme celebrates the Woodstock Music Festival of 1969.

“We’re very excited for this one. It’s always a really fun event. People are encouraged to wear their best attire from the era and there’s always creative outfits,” Bennett said.

From 6 to 9 p.m., there will be live music at various points along the sidewalks downtown. The Jason Connelly Band will perform from 7 to 10 p.m. at Fire Store Wood Fired Pizza and Grill and Douglas Cameron will be performing in front of Maxwell’s Cigar Bar. Wearing hippie attire at Maxwell’s will also earn a 10 percent discount on any purchase.

“There will be a lot of live music, vendors in front of stores and of course, the stores are staying open late. First Friday is a great chance to stop by downtown and check out the many shops and restaurants,” Bennett said.

One of the goals of First Friday is to encourage more people to buy local. For every $10 spent at a downtown business during the event, participants can enter a drawing for a $100 downtown dollars gift certificate. In order to enter the drawing, bring the receipts of purchases to the Woodstock Visitors Center.

Parents wanting to enjoy First Friday without their children can drop them off at Georgia All Star Gymnastics, which is offering a foam pit, trampolines and a movie from 6 to 11 p.m. The cost is $25 for one child, $40 for two and $45 for a family.

But First Friday also offers bounce houses, face painting and arts and crafts for children who attend. For young adults, Teen Arts Night will be from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Elm Street Auditorium and is open to any teen who wants to make a presentation of their talents. It will cost $5 per teen and the price includes a slice of pizza and a drink.

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