It is hard to believe, but it is already time for some First Friday fun and a welcome to spring and St. Patrick’s Day. Once again, many of the merchants and others on Historic Main Street in Payson invite residents and visitors to come out and celebrate from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, March 5.
Park your car at the Community Presbyterian Church to catch the shuttle. But before heading out, stop in and enjoy a Bit O’ The Blarney and some Irish stew at the church, 800 W. Main St., Payson. The meal is presented by CPC’s Child Learning Center staff from 5 p.m. to7 p.m. Delicious Irish stew, salad, rolls, dessert and a beverage are offered for just $5 per person.
While there, add to your fun with entertainment by “Anything Goes,” a terrific new musical group. Call (928) 474-2059 or (928) 474-4637 for details.
If Irish stew isn’t a favorite, maybe you would enjoy some chili at the Humane Society Thrift Store, 404 W. Main St.
The Humane Society Thrift Store will be offering all winter clothes at half-price on March 5, during First Friday on Main Street festivities. Humane Society volunteers will be serving chili with cheese, onions and crackers for just $1.
For First Friday fare on the lighter side, stop by Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art for some green punch and other refreshments and enjoy the music of John Carpino. Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art will also have a Humane Society table where visitors may purchase raffle tickets. The Soroptimists will be selling See’s Candy at the shop as well. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, the store’s steins and barware are 20 percent off.
After you’ve indulged in all that good food stop by the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St., for a dance to kill a few calories. Bob and Helen Hughes will provide the music for western dancing. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. The event is open to all ages. Hot dogs, chili and soda will be sold. Door prizes will be awarded. Enjoy the fun in a smoke-free environment. For more information call the center at (928) 474-4876 or Charlotte at (928)472-6746
Meanwhile things are blooming down at the Artists of the Rim Gallery, 408 W. Main, as March’s arrival is heralded with the First Friday celebration, March 5.
First the gallery is featuring Pjay Evans for March and will have a reception for her during the First Friday festivities. The gallery is also welcoming a new member to the cooperative, Pat Stacy. And finally, the artists are saying goodbye to longtime members Alan and Carole Snyder, who are picking up stakes and moving away from the Rim Country.