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Downtown Sandy rolls out the red carpet

Main Street plans First Friday events at weeks end


On the first Friday of each month, any visitor to Sandy would think there must be a citywide sale; so many businesses are open later than usual and lots of people are walking the sidewalks and crossing the streets.

If that were the assumption of passers-by, they’d be correct. There is a sale of sorts, and everyone’s invited — whether they buy anything or not.

This Friday won’t be any different, and the weather looks like it will be cooperating on that one day this week.

When it’s First Friday in Sandy, the Sandy Main Street promotions committee organizes an activity designed to bring people into the downtown area and inside nearly three-dozen businesses.

Not only are there sale prices, but also giveaways, prizes and drawings at some locations. There is a lot of food and beverages given to the people who participate in this community activity.

And for families with small children, babysitting is provided by Maria Snodgrass from 5-9 p.m. for the first 10 potty-trained children under 11. The location is the Church of the Nazarene, 34717 Jarl Road. There are no set fees, and payment is by donation only.

Entertainment, found at several locations, will please those who visit businesses in the downtown core this Friday, Nov. 2.

The Sandy Library is headlining Kathryn Claire in its “coffee house.” The venue is arranged like a European coffee house, with table cloths, flowers and an ambience perfect for Celtic folk music or Claire’s original folk tunes. And the food and drink are free.

Entertainment at Mt. Hood Cleaners this month follows a historical theme, and will include Native American songs with pow-wow drums and flute. Participants will have pioneer regalia, a spinning wheel and they will demonstrate how to spin alpaca wool. The exhibit also will include pottery and other historical arts.

Clackamas County Bank will feature the familiar folk music of Jeff Stave and his guitar. The bank also will offer appetizers from the Rendezvous Grill in Welches.

The rest of the businesses are offering either free food and drink samples or free or reduced-price products or services.

Several incentives to visit businesses are somewhat different such as the Pioneer Barber Shop, where the game of pool is free. Barber Paul “Manny” Padilla is giving a free haircut to anyone who sinks the 8 ball on the break.

Along with the usual beverages and sweet treats, the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce will have representatives from Busy Bee Catering present to offer holiday treats along with tips and tricks for holiday parties.

The First Friday event extends from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, and involves 35 businesses on the boulevards between Ten Eyck and Bluff roads. Look for the yellow banners outside each participating business.

For a list of participating businesses and the specials they are offering, visit the home page for the city of Sandy and click on the First Friday link on the left side of the page (cityofsandy.com).

For more information on First Friday, call Fran at 503-489-2160 on weekday afternoons.