PHOENIXVILLE - The Historic District of Downtown Phoenixville will be hosting its inaugural First Friday event this Friday, June 4, 2004, from 5 to 9 p.m.
The Arts and Entertainment District of the Main Street Program is coordinating the downtown community in the creation of this exciting "night life" event, said Kathy Ford, executive director, Phoenix Village Arts Center.
According to Main Street Manager Barry Cassidy, there will be a recurring theme to each First Friday of every month.
"Each month will be different than the last, especially since this week will be the first one," said Cassidy. "We're hoping to incorporate this event alongside some of the big acts that'll be coming to the Steel City Coffee House and the Colonial Theatre."
During the First Friday events every month, various activities will occur throughout the downtown area.
Art galleries Phoenix Village Arts Center is hosting a faculty exhibit, Benevolent Arts is featuring artist Brad Burkhart, John Greenland's Gallery offers painting, sculpture and small constructions, P. Shniper Craft Gallery and D.H. Spann, Inc., offers ceramics, cards, gifts and framing, and finally, the new Phoenix Rising Studio has a spring exhibition on display.
Live music will be on the street at Renaissance Park, with David Dougherty performing folk music, while along Bank Street, David Fiorenza & Wayne Dowlin will be playing classic rock.
Additional live entertainment will be at the Steel City Coffee House with Beaucoup Blues at 8:30 p.m., followed by Paul Michael and The Ct. Recruits at 9 p.m.
Bigg Daddy's Rhythm & Ribz features piano bar with Todd Horn, while the Columbia Bar and Grille will have Gene Gallighan at piano. Dan's Sports Pub will also have live entertainment.
Local merchants Ellie's Choice, Jaworski's Music Center, Serenitea and Seacrist's will be open late, while arts and antique shops, A.G.T. Fabric Design, Scarlet Begonias, Phoenixville Antiques, Tom Noone Antiques, Lenape Antiques, Bridge Street Fine Arts and Antiques, Eye of the Phoenix Antiques and Scioli Used Furniture and Antiques are participating as well.
Cassidy said this event is a good kick-off to the F.A.M.E. Festival this weekend.
"What a great way to begin this busy weekend with this First Friday event," said Cassidy. "There is so much to offer here in the downtown district, and now's the time for the community to come and check it out."