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First Friday returns with music and art

Series of six events in downtown Sandy begins Friday


by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - The band Boy and Bean, which performed in Sandy last summer, will come to the Sandy Public Library April 5 to play swing jazz of the early 20th century at the librarys coffee house, during the First Friday event. Pictured, from left, are Andrew Jones, Luke Short and Amber Short.Spring came in this year with a spectacular display of snow and predictably unpredictable weather patterns.

In response to spring’s arrival, Sandy Main Street is presenting a series of six First Fridays beginning with April 5.

In addition to giveaways, wine and food tastings, sale prices and opportunities to find that elusive item that’s probably right here in your hometown, there will be a poker game for all to play.

Sandy Poker will be the game of the evening when people begin to visit the more than two dozen participating businesses.

This game of chance doesn’t require any investment except time, and the rewards are valued at $25 for two of the seven winners.

By visiting each participating business, local residents can pick a playing card out of a deck. After visiting five businesses, a player will have a poker hand. But by visiting more than five businesses, a player will have more cards from which to choose the five best for a winning poker hand.

Each downtown visitor may enter two poker hands, and the seven best poker hands will receive Sandy Money. The “money” is actually gift certificates redeemable for merchandise at any of the participating First Friday businesses.

More details of the Sandy Poker game are available in the First Friday brochure, which can be found at participating downtown businesses, at City Hall and at the Sandy library.

Focus on the library

Among the businesses with major events, the Sandy Library will have a theme art exhibit and a swing jazz trio that will send people home tapping their feet and wishing it were May 3 (the next First Friday).

Music

The Boy and Bean band from Portland has a repertoire reminiscent of the ‘30s and ‘40s and artists such as Ella, Billie, the Andrews Sisters and the Mills Brothers.

The band’s music will fill the coffee café set up in the library’s central space, which will remind visitors of the coffee houses of the ‘60s.

The guitar and vocals of Luke Short, with Amber Short’s vocals and Andrew Jones on upright bass, will wow the crowd that is sure to gather in the library after visiting some of the other First Friday activities at downtown businesses.

Boy and Bean is familiar to some Sandy residents. The band performed last summer at Sandy’s Wine in the Woods festival, receiving rave reviews from festivalgoers.

In this venue, the audience will be seated at café tables with tablecloths and flowers. Refreshments will be available to help visitors relax.

Art

Added to the great music is an art exhibit that complements the library’s coffee house atmosphere. The Wy’east Artisans Guild has hung a display its curator, JoAnne Rohweder, is calling Music at the Coffeehouse.

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: ROD STROH  - CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: ROD STROH  This exhibit painting by JoAnne Rohweder shows an antique coffee pot, which is the image´s connection to the library´s coffee house on First Friday. Rohweder says she used red, blue and yellow colors along with a neutral black to darken tones.Art pieces from guild members reflect their idea of a coffee house or some art pieces could have a musical theme. All were inspired by the ambience created in the library’s coffee house during the months it plays host to First Friday activities.

During the guild’s annual theme exhibit, artists will greet visitors in a reception at 7 p.m., when the musicians take a well-deserved break. Artist comments will focus on what provided the inspiration for each art piece.

Beth Verheyden reviewed and juried the art show, so visitors should expect to see high quality artwork. The exhibit will remain in the library until May 5.

Where and when

The Sandy Library Coffee House will be open from 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 5, in the library, 38980 Proctor Blvd. There is no admission charge.

The art exhibit is open for viewing during all library hours until May 5, with an artist reception and comments at 7 p.m. Friday, April 5.

For more information, call the library at 503-668-5537.

If you go

What: First Friday activities at businesses in the downtown core.

Why: Help local residents learn what is available in local businesses.

Who: There’s something to do for the entire family.

Where: On the boulevards between Ten Eyck and Bluff roads.

When: From 5-8 p.m. Friday, April 5.

For information: Call Fran at 503-489-2160 on weekday afternoons.