MOUNT VERNON — The Heritage Centre’s annual First Friday season will kick off Friday in downtown Mount Vernon.
The Main Stage will be located on the south end of the Public Square from 6 to 9 p.m. with live music from local jazz band, Padula Oblongata.
Back by popular demand is the monthly Cruise-In, voted in the Cruisin’ Times Magazine’s top ten Cruise Ins for the past two seasons, moving up to No. 4 in 2010 from No. 6 in 2009. Cars will be on display around Public Square. There is no fee to register and a gift will be given to the first 30 registrants along with door prizes donated by local businesses drawn throughout the event.
Additional activities on the square will include a bounce house benefiting the Vineyard Youth Group and a football toss game to benefit the Knox County Colt Football League. The Kids Corner activities will include Sophia’s Petting Zoo, balloon sculptor Rex Naylor and the new corn hole tournament for the whole family. Contact Krystal Drye at First-Knox National Bank to sign up for tournament at 399-5122.
Several exhibitors will also have displays available. In addition to the restaurants available in downtown Mount Vernon, food from G&G Concessions will be available.
Ma and Pa Karaoke will be on the FirstMerit portico with entertainment for the whole family. A new Lyceum Series will be presented in ThePlace@TheWoodward at 7 p.m. which will feature James Bowsher and “Historical Objects tell their Stories.”
Several new art displays will be available for viewing each First Friday throughout the district’s galleries, with the Knox County Art League’s Grand Opening in their new location at 3 N. Main St. Activities for the grand opening will include a large canvas that will be placed on the wall for adults to design a Spring motif with oil pastels to be hung in the Gallery for special events. Children will have the opportunity to work with artist Ray Bohac to create and trade “Artists Trading Cards” in the children's art area. The KCAL Literary Group, lead by author Bob Birch, will have an open mic poetry and short story readings between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.
Christian music artist Sean Allen will perform at Gospel Supply Shop.
The fourth annual season-long Volleyball Tournament will take place at the south end of the central business district behind the Dan Emmett Conference Center on Howard Street. Teams are made up of “co-ed sixes” playing May through September with the finale in September. Games start at 5:30 p.m. For more information about First Fridays, HCA membership and activities, call 393-1481.
Published on May 4, 2011