First Friday visitors to downtown this month are better informed, entertained
The Sandy Main Street event called First Friday is heating up this winter, with loads of giveaways, tastings, performances, exhibits and demonstrations. The activity is from 5-8 p.m. Friday.
Sandy High School
Leading the March activity is the beginning of a series of demonstrations by Sandy High School students to show what extracurricular activities are active at SHS.
The high school students will have the Clackamas County Bank theater lobby area to share information and demonstrate club activities and entertain visitors.
This month, said parent volunteer and Booster Club member Melissa Newberry, the stage band will perform and other groups will offer information about their activities.
'We could use the theater,' Newberry said, 'but we're just going to use the lobby outside the theater or outside the building under the overhang. When the weather is right, we'd like to have street performers on the sidewalks.'
The music foundation that supports vocal and instrumental music at Sandy High School will share information about a fundraiser coming soon.
And the Key Club is expected to share information about the club's activities and its fundraiser.
Each month the display, tables and performances will change, Newberry said. Look forward to April and the girls' softball team, she said.
Main Street Manager Jason McNeil is glad to add student activities to the mix of incentives businesses provide to welcome people to their establishments.
Twenty downtown businesses on the boulevards will stay open late Friday night to offer something for nothing - as an act of goodwill to the community and in the hope some people will see something they need that they didn't know existed in Sandy.
Among the specials to look for at participating businesses are wine, cheese and chocolate tasting, sale prices, food tasting, an open mic, hot wax for skiers, free beverages, a furniture sale, liquor and beer tasting, and a gallery artist reception.
In its third year, First Friday is still providing the desired result for the efforts of Main Street's promotion committee - bringing local residents into the downtown core and showing them what Sandy's small businesses have to offer.
Main Street program
McNeil says the Main Street program promotes the downtown core (between Bluff and Ten Eyck roads). But that promotion extends to all local businesses because it encourages shopping local.
'If Sandy has a strong downtown,' he said, 'it promotes our image and overall development, which makes it good for everybody. Sandy Main Street is focused on the pedestrian-friendly shopping district.'