MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon’s Heritage Centre Association’s 2012 First Friday season kicks off Friday, May 4, from 6 to 9 p.m. downtown on the Square and on South and North Main Street. May’s event is sponsored by Brenneman Lumber Co. and features the band Principally Speaking.
Principally Speaking plays rock ‘n’ roll from the ’60s and ’70s, with a set list that includes the likes of the Allman Brothers, the Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Grateful Dead, Van Morrison, Neil Young and Bob Dylan.
There will also be a number of family-friendly activities, including Sophia’s Petting Zoo (sponsored by Rolls-Royce Employee Charity & Civic Fund), bounce house by Ohio Rental, and balloon sculptor Rex Naylor (sponsored by The Gold Exchange at Mount Vernon Coin & Collectibles).
The second annual Cornhole Tournament will be held on the northeast side of the Square at 6 p.m. Sponsors include Flapper’s Bar & Grille, Herald’s Appliances and Electronics and Page One Group. There is a small fee and prizes are awarded for first and second place. To sign up, contact the HCA office or come early to the tournament.
Donley Ford-Lincoln of Mount Vernon is the Cruise-In sponsor. Goody bags will be given out to the first 25 registrants. There is no fee to participate; door prizes will be awarded. The registration tent will be on the west side of the Square.
Food will be provided by Flapper’s Bar & Grille, The High Restaurant and Woolson’s Concessions on the Public Square. Downtown merchants will be open late for shopping and various art galleries will host receptions.
Award-winning acoustic guitarist Brian Henke will perform at the FirstMerit portico, sponsored by Vino Where You Live and Susan Ramser.
Additional activities include Woodward Opera House tours from 6 to 8 p.m. and Quick-Start tennis demos and registration for youth and adults with the Mount Vernon City Recreation Department and the Kokosing Valley Community Tennis Association in the 100 block of South Main. Kenyon College students will be at the Buckeye Candy building with their Public Spaces Project.
First Fridays’ media sponsor is WQIO/WMVO. The station will broadcast live from First Friday and downtown businesses. WNZR’s Big Blue will also be on hand from 5 to 8 p.m. and will give away a kids’ prize basket featuring VeggieTales’ “Robin Good.”
Traffic will be closed around the Square and on Main Street south of the Square to Ohio Avenue starting at 4 p.m. Rain location for Principally Speaking is 120 S. Main St. (next to The Alcove). For more information, contact Carrie Crouch, HCA’s downtown manager, at (740) 393-1481.
Details for the First Friday season are listed at www.VisitDowntownMountVernon.com.
Published on April 27, 2012