First Friday Is Mad Fun For March On Main Street


Join the fun at the award-winning First Friday celebration on Historic Main Street in Payson. The participating merchants are presenting Madness in March for First Friday, March 5 with refreshments, music and, as always, loads of laughs.

Get in the paint at the Down the Street Art Gallery, where “Palette Madness” is taking place. This fun and creative event presents a fantastic opportunity to see painting come to life as six different artists do live painting demonstrations in various media.

A beef stroganoff dinner by the Child Learning Center staff and volunteers will be available for purchase at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., for only $5. Dinner is served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., along with a bake sale. Live music is by Coleen Brown & The Starlighters.

Local Girl Scouts will be selling their world-famous cookies in front of Re-Runs Resale Boutique. The Zane Grey Twirlers will present a demonstration dance to show guests what square dance is all about, and register anyone interested for classes. Look for the cheese fountain under the big tent in front of Re-Runs, with lots of chips and dipping food to help raise money for two local nonprofits: the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity and KCMA.

Artists of the Rim will host guest artist, Homer Neuen, who is noted for his scrimshaw art. The gallery will also have a Madness in March Sculpture Event. The public is invited to name the sculpture, with the winner receiving a $25 gift certificate.

Sit around the campfire at Green Mountain Emporium and enjoy a hot dog and a drink. The cost is just $1.50 and all proceeds will benefit the New Hope Equine Rescue. You can also test your skill and guess “How Many” in a jar. The winner receives a store gift certificate.

The Payson Humane Society is in its second season on the porch of Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art. It will be selling raffle tickets and accepting donations.

Leprechauns will be on the fast track as the Mooney’s celebrate March with the music of Sounds Unlimited. Local western artist, CM Okerwall will be in Bootleg Alley’s mid-century room showing his art. Okerwall donates 50 percent of his net profits to the charity of the buyer’s choice.

Green can also be found at the open house at Green Scene Solar. Come see their showcase of state-of-the-art Solar Grid Tied.

The Senior Thrift Store is not giving it up at the baseline. It will offer refreshments and live music with Wayne Todd.

Madness in March would not be complete without the Kiwanis brats and hotdogs, which can be found at Gasoline Alley, along with classic cars in the parking lot.

Be sure to top your evening off with See’s Chocolates, which are also sold here by the Soroptimists.

The event is held in Payson’s historic business district from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., March 6.

First Friday on Main Street will be held rain or shine.

Parking is available, or you can park at Community Presbyterian Church and take the Payson Main Street Shuttle.

First Friday on Main Street is presented by the Payson Main Street Merchants Guild along with the Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation.


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