Spring Fling Party Set For First Friday On Old Main

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Spring has sprung for a fun and free party and everyone is invited. Bring your sweetheart, friends and family for a stroll on Historic Main Street between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Friday, April 3.

Longer days and warmer weather make April’s First Friday a great outdoor event. Everyone is invited to take a walk during Payson’s most popular monthly event.

Spring is a time to renew ourselves and our homes, with refreshing our wardrobes and redecorating. It’s a time to bring out those light and cheery colors. Lots of unique art, collectibles and gently used fashions can be found on Main Street. Plus there will be plenty of food, fun, music and more.

Look for the big tent outside Re-Runs for entertainment, refreshments and a charitable event for nonprofits Habitat for Humanity and KCMA. Re-Runs will also have Payson High School drama students singing songs from their upcoming performance of “Oklahoma.” Discounted tickets will be available in the store.

Body Elegance Day Spa is inviting First Friday guests to tour the 100-year-old restored historical house that the spa calls home. The staff will be offering specials.

Refreshments, live music and special discounts can be found at the Senior Thrift Store during First Friday. Not only is a 10 percent discount offered on purchases from $1 to $100, the thrift store is having a bag sale. Customers can fill a standard-size grocery bag (which will be provided) for $1 with men’s and women’s clothing. A special spring floral display will be in front of the store.

Warm April evenings mean that it’s time to get out the barbecue. At Community Presbyterian Church for just $5, you can purchase a barbecue sandwich, chips and all the trimmings. Colleen Brown and the Starlighters will entertain diners.

Down the Street Art Gallery celebrates its second anniversary this First Friday on Main Street. The member artists of the gallery will cut the cake and toast to their customers at 5:30 p.m. Music by Bruce Wales will be inside. CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) will be at the gallery to bring attention to April’s National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Vyktoria Pratt-Keating brings to Payson a special spring concert in front of Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art Gallery. Local Western artist Conrad Okerwall will be on hand inside the store to show his art. Guests can show support for the Humane Society by visiting their table on Bootleg Alley’s porch.

When thinking of spring, you can visualize bunnies and green — lots of green. Spring and Easter decor can also be found at Green Mountain Emporium. For First Friday, RCM Concessions will be set up beside Green Mountain Emporium with burgers, hot dogs, nachos, drinks, etc. Dealers for this charming store will meet and greet visitors. Refreshments will be served inside the store.

Green Scene Solar will host an open house. Green Scene Solar offers smart and simple solar solutions. Owners Karin and Rick can answer your questions about their state-of-the-art solar products.

“Spring has sprung!” says Mike Stuart of Gasoline Alley. The Stuarts are expecting many classic cars to line their parking lot. The Kiwanis will also be grilling their famous brats at Gasoline Alley. The Soroptimists will be selling See’s Candy and taking orders for Easter candy inside. In addition to the special holiday items offered for sale and for order during the First Friday festivities, the Soroptimist Club will also have candy booths at Safeway and Bashas’ Saturday, April 4 beginning at 10 a.m. Special items will be available and special orders can be taken. The special orders will be available to pick up before Easter Sunday, April 12. For more information, call Tambra at (928) 978-2356. Sales help support Soroptimists’ community projects here in Rim Country.

Fiber artist, Georgianne Smolenski is the featured artist for Artists of the Rim Gallery. Katherine Spears will demonstrate the art of spinning fibers.

Kit McGuire from KRIM will keep listeners informed about happenings on First Friday as he interviews business owners and guests up and down Main Street. The big, red KCMA Boombox will be parked in front of Down the Street Art Gallery.

Don’t miss this “Spring Fling” First Friday on Main Street, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., April 3.

This year-round event is held rain or shine in Payson’s Historic Business District. As always, on-street parking is available or you can park at Community Presbyterian and ride the 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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