Desserts will provide an incentive for local residents to come to downtown businesses

by: POST FILE PHOTO: JIM HART - Mary Flower (seated with guitar near door in this May 4, 2012 photo) will entertain again at the Sandy Librarys European Coffee House during the First Friday event this week. Entertainment also is scheduled at Clackamas County Bank and Lori Ryland Art studio and gallery. In honor of the nation’s general acceptance of October as dessert month and calling one of the days in the first half of the month National Dessert Day, Sandy Main Street is celebrating desserts this week.

The local celebration will take the form of a contest where the downtown businesses participating in Sandy Main Street will offer dessert tastings, and store visitors will vote their opinion of the business with the best dessert. Also acceptable is offering printed copies of a dessert recipe.

After tasting desserts at all the businesses they visited, local residents who participate in the monthly event Friday evening will have the opportunity to vote for what they feel is the best dessert they encountered that evening.

“People love dessert,” said Sandy Jordan, a member of the Sandy Main Street Promotions Committee, “so that’ll be another reason for them to check out some downtown businesses.”

While this monthly event has been continuing since last spring, SMS Board Chairman George Hoyt reminds local residents it is only a good-weather activity, and this is the last such event until April 4, 2014.

“First Friday will start again next spring,” he said.

This week, however, there are a lot of incentives to visit local businesses — not just desserts.

Entertainment is provided at Clackamas County Bank, Lori Ryland studio and gallery, and Sandy Public Library.

Art shows or demonstrations are offered at the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce; the Lori Ryland studio and gallery has a student exhibit; and at Clackamas County Bank, Firwood fifth-grade students will show their work.

While special desserts will be widespread at the 30 participating downtown businesses, other foods, beverages and snacks are on the evening’s menu, including root beer floats, beer, wine, liquor, coffee and espresso, barbecue beef, chicken taquitos, sesame fried chicken, egg rolls or crab puffs.

In addition, there is a smartphone class; special prices on selected merchandise; a quilt raffle; ridiculously low prices on used books in good condition; a drawing for free tuition for private lessons in art, music or tutoring; a drawing for an art canvas; tours of the fire department; and photos near the fire engine.

Where else can one find all of the above in one place at one time?

First Friday is like a town-wide garage sale — except everything is new.

And tasty.

To see what each business is offering, visit the city website at and click on the link on the left side of the home page, or visit and click on the link on the right side of the page.

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