Visit The Heart Of Payson For First Friday

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Andy Towle/Roundup - atowle@payson.com

Laural Corely puts finishing touches on a painting of a grizzly bear during an artist’s workshop taught by Kelby Love, a well-known artist whose clients include Field and Stream, National Geographic, and Outdoor Life. Gloria Shannon was the workshop presenter and the success of this workshop will determine if Artists of the Rim Gallery sponsors future events of this kind.

Main Street in Payson has long been the social center of Payson with its stores, hotels, saloons, stables and, of course, the sawmill.

Now, as Payson has grown and spread out, Main Street still maintains its heritage of being a business center for the town with businesses ranging from restaurants, banks, dentists, auto repair, antique stores, apparel and gift stores, veterinarians, a fire station, churches, and a movie theater leading down to the jewel of Payson — Green Valley Park.

The Main Street Guild is proud to proclaim Main Street as “The Heart of Payson” and it welcomes Rim residents and visitors to join in this celebration at the award-winning First Friday on Main Street Block Party, guild officials said.

The party starts at 5 p.m. and continues to 8 p.m. Merchants stay open late with music, food and festivities. Many of the merchants offer non-profit benefits during the event as well.

The Senior Thrift Store will have Wayne Todd who will celebrate his one-year anniversary of presenting live music at the Senior Thrift Store’s First Friday activities Aug. 7. There will be refreshments, hourly door prize drawings and a 10 percent discount will be given on sales from $1 to $100 between 5 and 8 p.m. Theme for the evening will be Western in recognition of the upcoming August Doin’s Rodeo.

Where can you eat ice cream and win a piece of art?

At Down the Street Art Gallery. The gallery is having a benefit ice cream social for the Payson Art League’s Student Art Supply Fund. Get a scoop of ice cream for a $1 a scoop, with many free toppings, and contribute to the PAL student fund. The gallery will also have the first showing of “Abstract Ceramic Interpretations” by Storybead — each piece represents one of the gallery’s artists. Match each piece to the artist and win a piece of Storybead’s art.

Gasoline Alley will help benefit the community with the Kiwanis selling brats and the Soroptimists selling See’s Candy.

New Hope Equine Rescue will have an information table in front of Green Mountain Emporium. It will offer advance sales of this year’s Payson Area Writers Society anthology. New Hope is the recipient of proceeds of sale of the 2009 book, which will become available Sept. 1.

Other attractions for First Friday, Aug. 7 include:

Green Mountain Emporium presents RMG Concessions, who will be serving hamburgers, cheeseburgers and sloppy joe plates and nachos.

This First Friday the featured artists at the Artists of the Rim Gallery will be Angie Cockle, Sandy Pendleton and Glenn Smith. There will be refreshments and live music provided by the Payson Jazz Trio.

Tour the renovated historic 100-year-old house that is Body Elegance Day Spa. Chair massages available by Frances. Refreshments will be available.

Main Street Mercantile will once again be hosting a picnic on the porch. This month there also will be hot dogs, chips and cold soda.

Re-Runs Resale Boutique celebrates its first anniversary in business. Come inside and enjoy a chocolate fountain with fresh strawberries for dipping or have a piece of birthday cake.

Drew’s Pit Stop hot dog cart will be outside with Nathan’s dogs and all the fixings.

Jerry’s Clock Shop will be open on Friday night, with a vast collection of clocks from around the world on display.

Make the visit to the First Friday festivities stress-free, park at the Community Presbyterian Church 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 Block Party 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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