The party begins April 1

In a centennial year that asks for party-like festivities, Sandy Main Street again is planning a series of social gatherings in the downtown core.

The event is not new to Sandy, and is called First Friday. Beginning April 1 and the first Friday of each month from 5 to 8 p.m., the city and its businesses will entertain, educate and supply the needs of its residents.

First Friday events give local residents another opportunity to visit many of Sandy's businesses, which will offer sale prices, giveaways, special entertainment, drawings, wine and food tastings and art exhibits.

The family event is offered monthly during the spring, summer and fall (April-November) by the promotion committee of Sandy Main Street.

The promotional organization has four committees involved in activities that are designed to bring a new look and new vitality to the downtown core.

'We want to bring more people downtown,' said Planning Director and Sandy Main Street Coordinator Tracy Brown. 'We want to showcase businesses, and hopefully they will derive some economic benefit.'

Brown is building on the success the event enjoyed last year, when 'a lot of people came down and ate out.'

Besides the restaurants around town, other businesses are making special offers, having sales, hanging art exhibits, featuring tastings of wine, beer, food and chocolate and having prize drawings and entertainment.

Art exhibits can be found at the library and Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center. The library, open later than the businesses - from 7 to 9 p.m. - offers entertainment, beverages and pastries with its art exhibit and an intimate coffee-house atmosphere.

Many downtown businesses will be open later than usual each First Friday. Brown suggests looking for a sign or attraction that identifies each of the participating businesses.

A brochure listing the events and participating businesses is available at City Hall, 39250 Pioneer Blvd., or the UPS store, 38954 Proctor Blvd.

For more information, visit, call Brown at 503-668-4886 or send email to him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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