With autumn in the air, a walk down historic Main Street on First Friday will be a treat. As usual merchants have planned many special events.
They have even started a new Payson tradition with the Scarecrow Contest. Walkers will enjoy the many scarecrows sitting in front of businesses belonging to the Payson Main Street Merchants Guild. They can vote for their favorite scarecrow with just one can of food.
Voters can even load the ballot boxes with as many votes as they choose with donate cans of food. All cans will be donated to St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank.
Temple Gallery — continues the great tradition in Rim Country of having the best artists in Arizona. The Temple Gallery will offer a 20 percent discount off all acrylic landscapes by Robert Temple.
Green Mountain Emporium — Payson’s newest multi-merchant store opens its doors to the public with wonderful surprises for all.
Senior Center Thrift — The Senior Center/Thrift Store will have a table of free books for First Friday events. There will be live music by Wayne Todd.
The volunteers will be serving fruit punch, cookies and snacks, and have door prize drawings. Enjoy 10 percent off on all sales up to $100. And don’t forget the free parking in our lot until 8 p.m.
Re-runs and Resale Boutique — Warm yourself by the fire as Re-Runs kicks off the holiday season with a “stress free” holiday — shop second hand! Find joy in their like-new gift items, you can give your friends and family. You can pickup that special holiday outfit, or warm winter coat for up to an 80 percent savings from department stores in the Valley. And yes, men, they have a great selection of clothes for you, too!
Community Presbyterian Church — This month at First Friday, the Community Presbyterian Child Learning Center is offering a spaghetti dinner, silent raffle and a “Family Fun” booklet sale to benefit the needy children of Payson at Christmas time. This is an annual event for the child care center, which uses the money to provide gifts for the Prison Fellowship Ministries Angel tree program. The program provides gifts for the children of people who are in prison). Tickets for the dinner are $5 or five for $20, and are available at the door.
In addition to the dinner, served from 5 to 7:30 p.m., there will also be live music provided by Colleen Brown and the Starlighters. There is no other place in town that you can get dinner and live music for such a great price. There will be a tip jar for the musicians.
The Main Street bus will be making a stop right in front of the door! And parking for the whole Main Street event is available in the church parking lot; with the bus traveling the length of Main Street.
Gasoline Alley — Get a head start on Christmas shopping during First Friday. In addition to the large selection of gift items found at Gasoline Alley, Payson Kiwanis Club will be selling their hot dogs and brats, also the Soroptimist Club will be here selling See’s candy.
Artist of the Rim — An artists reception will be held at Artists of the Rim Gallery. Local artists Dick Wolfe and Dixie Guldner will be featured. All are invited to meet the artists and enjoy refreshments.
Down the Street Art Gallery — They’ll be busy at the gallery with five things to entertain you — 1. The Scarecrow Contest with “an artist painting her subject,” 2. A book signing of “How to Play Nice Together” by author Christine Wailand Harrison, Ph.D., 3. Artists dressed as Harvest God and Goddesses, 4. Bruce Wales with live music inside the gallery, 5. Last, but not least by any means, KCMA Boom Box outside.
Bootleg Alley — C.W. Okerwall will be on hand at Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art showing his renowned western oil and prints. Okerwall’s prints are 20 percent off.
Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art will match can for can (vote for vote) for the Scarecrow Contest, up to a total of 100 cans turned in to their store.
Fall is a great time to cozy up in front of the fireplace with a good book. The Payson Area Writers Society will be signing their new book “Reflections from the Rim.” (Proceeds from “Reflections from the Rim” will go to Payson Community Kids.)
Music on Main Street has become a tradition for First Friday. Radio stations KCMA and KRIM will be broadcasting live for the festivities. Brandon Shepard will perform his easy blend of country and rock at Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art.
Community Presbyterian Church will have jazz and the Senior Center will have music as well. Local car clubs will bring the horse power to entertain and educate.
Main Street Shuttle — 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.
The First Friday on Main Street Art, Antiques and more 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.