The merchants and others along old Main in Payson are giving the holiday a boost with special events planned for the Dec. 5 First Friday Arts & Antiques Walk, which is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Senior Thrift Store will have a Christmas tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5 in the store at 512 W. Main St. There will be hot cider and refreshments, music and a drawing for a Christmas gift basket among attendees present.
Down The Street Art Gallery, 703 W. Main, will have a book signing for the “The Insect Wonderland,” which was written and illustrated by Sybil Kent Kane. Marguerite Young, the author’s grandniece, will be at the gallery in fully lit firefly fairy costume, which is a sight not to be missed.
Historic Main Street’s merchants will offer a shopping experience that is unique, with a wide variety of shops and services to help in gift-giving efforts. The stores will stay open late every Friday in December for customers’ convenience.
The newest Main Street merchants are planning lots for the First Friday fun:
• Green Scene Solar will have an open house. Energy conservation and generation discussions will be ongoing.
• Re-Runs Resale Boutique will be celebrating the season with a huge holiday gift basket raffle; it will also be offering clothing, gifts and decor at discounts from 10 percent to 50 percent off.
The anchoring facilities of the venue also have specials planned:
• The Community Presbyterian Church is having a carol sing around the piano and refreshments.
• Gasoline Alley will have the Kiwanis Club brats along with the Soroptimist Club’s See’s Candy.
• Artists of the Rim Gallery will be joined by new member, Sandy Pendleton who uses fused glass to create bowls, platters, spoon rests, wine bottle stoppers, tree angels and wall sculptures.
This month, all the partners of the gallery are being featured with a wonderful variety of new and exciting pieces for sale, including pieces of jewelry by the late Jim Garrity.
• Bootleg Alley is offering its entire inventory at 20 percent off. For First Friday, Jim West and Kathleen Kelly will be performing their special style of music. Conrad Okerwall will be on hand showing his prints and original Western art.
• Temple Gallery displays wonderful works of art by Robert Temple and other local artists.
Park in the Community Presbyterian Church parking lot and hop on the Main Street bus.
The bus will be traveling the whole length of Main Street and makes several stops for your convenience.