Celebrate Main Street Award

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Main Street will be hopping tonight as merchants and residents celebrate the coming of May and the second anniversary of the monthly First Friday event.

May brings warmer weather to enjoy in Payson and Main Street merchants are celebrating their second anniversary of First Friday’s recognition by the Arizona Main Street Program as the 2008 Arizona Main Street Award for Best Special Event. In the history of the honor, the Payson First Friday celebration is the only special event that won for an ongoing program.

“The merchants of Historic Main Street want to thank the community of Payson for helping make this event possible. We are unique in Arizona and bring a new meaning to the ‘Heart of Arizona,’” said Charles Proudfoot of the Main Street Merchants Guild.

Join the merchants on Friday, May 1 — “May Day” — for this celebration from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Community Presbyterian Church will have dinner with cheese enchiladas, Spanish rice, beans and cake for a nominal donation of $5 per meal. Colleen Brown and the Starlighters will entertain diners. Then hop on the Main Street Shuttle and see the rest of the party on Main Street.

Down the Street Art Gallery will be having an opening reception featuring artists with three dimensional work, including woodwork, functional utensils, ceramics, copper art, carved gourds, stained and fused glass, bronze sculpture and steel. The gallery is at 703 W. Main St.

Re-Runs Resale Boutique will have anniversary cake to celebrate the start of summer. They will have their chocolate fountain and treats to nibble on while you shop.

Green Mountain Emporium won’t be hard to miss with the Big Red KCMA Boombox outside and its fire pit with warm conversation. Inside, there will be anniversary cake and coffee.

Artists of the Rim Gallery is featuring all its partners this month and the three top winners of the student art show will be on hand to display their award-winning work.

At Lincoln Garage Door, a new guild merchant, personnel will offer solutions for garage door questions.

Gasoline Alley will have the Soroptimists selling See’s Candies and the famous Kiwanis brats. And as always, the Alley will have classic cars for car buffs to admire.

Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art will have John and Lu Carpino on the porch to entertain the crowds. The Humane Society will also be on the porch for guests to show their support.

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

The Senior Center Thrift Store will be celebrating the day with refreshments, live music by Wayne Todd. Hourly door prize drawings keeps the fun going.

Body Elegance Day Spa is offering guests a tour of the 100-year-old restored historical house that the spa calls home.

Don’t forget to park at the Community Presbyterian Church and hop on the Main Street Shuttle that will drive you up and down Main Street.

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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