Labor Day is one of the great holiday weekends of the summer. Kick off Labor Day weekend 2009 with the biggest block party in Payson. With more than 75 merchants on Main Street, it is no wonder the community comes together to celebrate the prosperity of our great town with this monthly party put on by the Main Street Merchants Guild.
Come for a meal of barbecue beef sandwiches, salad, chips and a drink at the Community Presbyterian Church. The cost is $5 a meal and dinner is served from 5 to 7 p.m. only. People can have a sit-down dinner here and listen to Colleen Brown and the Starlighters, or get their meal to-go.
The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W Main St., will have a harvest theme. There will be refreshments, hourly door prize drawings (need not be present to win), a 10-percent discount on purchases from $1 to $100 and entertainment provided by the Senior Center’s Old Time Music Makers.
Down the Street Art Gallery will host Payson High School’s Photography Club. Come meet teacher Beverly Adams and the students, and view their photos. The public will vote for People’s Choice Award. Voting is from 4 to 7:45 p.m. Winners will be announced at 8 p.m. The students’ work will be for sale and will be displayed all of September.
Gasoline Alley will have lots of goodies to eat, provided by Kiwanis and Soroptimists.
Green Mountain Emporium presents RMG Concessions, which will be serving hamburgers, cheeseburgers, barbecue plates and nachos.
Artists of the Rim will celebrate its third anniversary at a reception on First Friday, Sept. 4. There will be refreshments and a silent auction featuring work of various gallery artists including paintings, jewelry, pottery, scratchboard art, photography, gourd art and others. Proceeds of the auction will go to the Payson High School Drama Club who will attend the reception and provide entertainment throughout the evening.
Tour the renovated historic 100-year-old house that is Body Elegance Day Spa. View treatment rooms and see the full-service day spa menu. Chair massages available by Frances on this First Friday. Refreshments and snacks will be available.
Main Street Mercantile will once again be partying on the front porch and will have specials galore inside the store. Beginning this month, there also will be on-street parking and a shuttle bus stop on this end of Main Street.
Green Scene Solar will be showing off its state-of-the-art solar systems.
Re-Runs Resale Boutique will once again have its famous chocolate fountain with fresh strawberries for dipping, or step next door and enjoy a root beer float or fruit smoothie at MoJoe’s Café.
Jerry’s Clock Shop will be open on Friday night. Let Jerry show you his vast collection of clocks from around the world!
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 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. More information is available on the new Web site for Historic Main Street at www.PaysonMainStreet.com.