Stop at new businesses, sample food, beverages and dessert and listen to music

The Sandy Main Street Promotions Committee has nearly 30 businesses organized to provide a memorable experience for local residents from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2.

The committee had named the theme of this First Friday “Dog Daze of Summer.”

Participating downtown businesses, between Bluff and Ten Eyck roads on the boulevards, will have signs out to identify which stores have later hours and special offerings.

Those offerings range from tastings of chocolate, beer, wine, liquor and food to special sale prices, door-prize drawings and live entertainment as well as an artist reception at an art exhibit, a grand reopening of the Sandy Community Action Center and free fitting of bike helmets.

Among the most numerous enticements to visit businesses are beverage tastings (eight), food offerings (nine) and sale prices (18), followed by entertainment, which is located at the Sandy Public Library (Terry Robb and his blues guitar), Clackamas County Bank (Carol and Christopher Williams on dulcimer, guitar and banjo) and Mt. Hood Cleaners (live music).

Only about one-third of the participating businesses are restaurants, but there is a wide range of culinary tastes to delight every family.

First Friday has been a mainstay for Sandy businesses during the good-weather months for the past several years.

The idea of the Promotions Committee, said Sandy Main Street Board Chairman George Hoyt, is to acquaint local residents with all that downtown businesses have to offer.

But each business also is trying to entice people to come in and see what is on each business’ tables, shelves and racks.

To make those visits memorable — with the hope of return visits — each participating business has one or more features that are expected to draw visitors.

Who could turn down a sample of artisan gelato at the AntFarm Café (39140 Proctor), or a Trout Pub pulled pork slider at the Clackamas County Bank (38975 Proctor), or wine tasting at Mt. Hood Cleaners (38862 Proctor), or prices drastically reduced by the Friends of the Sandy Library (38980 Proctor), or a visit with local artist Becky Hawley at a gallery reception at the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce (38963 Pioneer)?

For a detailed list of each business’ offerings, visit and click on the First Friday link on the left side of the home page.

Acoustic blues fills library’s coffee house

The Sandy Public Library is playing host to one of the top acoustic blues guitarists on the West Coast. Terry Robb is scheduled to perform at the library’s coffee house during the Aug. 2 First Friday.

Besides striving for technical perfection with his musicianship, Robb is an enormously popular performer.

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO:  - Terry Robb is a guitarist extraordinaire, with skills at many instruments. He will perform at the librarys coffee house from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2.While on stage, his fleet fingers, wry humor and intense focus captivate audiences.

“When you come right down to it,” Robb said, “I basically learned guitar by listening to old blues players.

“But today I listen to, play and produce all kinds of music — bluegrass, ragtime, country, jazz, Latin, funk, rock, you-name-it. But my personality as a musician is rooted in the blues.”

Robb began his career in Portland after being inspired at an early age by his uncle, a professional swing guitarist.

After learning the technical side of music in college, he learned new theories while perusing Northwest clubs.

Today, Robb is a dynamic solo performer and leads the electric Terry Robb Band.

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The library’s coffee house, a part of Sandy’s First Friday event, is open from 6-8 p.m. Free refreshments and all library services are available during the event.

For more information, call 503-668-5537.

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