Main Street Celebrates The Return Of Summer

First Friday Art and Antiques Walk June 6

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Featured artists at the Artists of the Rim Gallery for the First Friday Art and Antiques Walk, and the month of June are, from left, Peggy Gould, Jim Garrity and Brenda Baker. The three will be guests of honor during the June 6 First Friday event.

The summer solstice is June 21, but the season begins June 6 in Payson with the First Friday on Main Street Art and Antiques Walk. The event promises to be a special evening with live music, free refreshments, two live radio remotes, classic and custom car displays, on-street parking, a free shuttle bus and great store specials.

One of the highlights is the introduction of the month's featured artists at the Artists of Rim Gallery -- Brenda Baker, Jim Garrity and Peggy Gould. There will be refreshments available.

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Brenda Baker has made a living as an artist all her life as a technical illustrator, teacher and freelancer. Experimentation with different papers, techniques, canvases and subjects makes Baker a prolific artist.

At Down the Street Art Gallery, there will be a silent auction of works to benefit the Payson Humane Society. The silent auction is in conjunction with an animal-themed art show, "Little Creatures." The folks at Down the Street promise great art, good refreshments and fun.

Community Presbyterian Church is offering cool ice cream sundaes, craft items from third world countries and live music by the Payson Jazz Trio.

The Main Street Grille is once again sponsoring a live concert by Cody Gibson and Code Blue, and they will have half-price appetizers.

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Peggy Gould is known for her vibrant, naturalistic landscapes of places she has lived and traveled. She draws inspiration from the flora and fauna of the Rim Country wilderness.

Wander over to Gasoline Alley to get a famous brat or hot dog from the Kiwanis Club and delicious See's Candy from the Soroptimist Club.

Eagle Mountain Gifts will be showing off its newly-remodeled store and offering 40 percent off on the closeout of all new furniture.

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Jim Garrity is both a jewelry artisan and sculptor. He enjoys toying with abstract shapes to make his pendants, rings, earrings and pins.

At Bootleg Alley, there will be more goodies to eat, plus the live music of Bob Meighan and Friends, which includes danceable showtunes, original desert rock and ballads.

The free Main Street Shuttle will be running all evening from the Main Street Grille to the Vietnam Memorial Wall at Green Valley Park, or you can hop on it anywhere along the route.

Don't miss this event. It's fun and it's free this Friday evening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The First Friday on Main Street Art and Antiques Walk will be held rain or shine and is presented by the Payson Main Street Merchants Guild along with the Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation.

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