First Fridays are growing and several Downtown Elkins businesses welcome residents and visitors to a free evening of entertainment and snacks today from 5 to 7 p.m.
During the December event, the following businesses will be keeping their doors open late and offering either special promotions or special events: Artists at Work, Ceramics with Class, Elkins Sewing Center, Henry G's, Joey's Bike Shop, and the Randolph County Community Arts Center.
This month, a new business, Joey's Bike Shop, will be joining the First Friday Celebration and will be offering a free "Flat Tire/Gear Adjustment Clinic" from 6 to 7 p.m. Gentlemen are invited to learn the basics of front and rear derailleur adjustment, while ladies will learn how to fix a flat tire from start to inflation.
"Elkins is a wonderful town and is surrounded by cycling opportunities for every age and ability," said owner Joey Riddle. "We want to make sure that folks have enough knowledge to keep them rolling along."
Several other businesses will be hosting craft events that give the community a chance to develop a new sewing or painting skill. Ceramics with Class will offer a free painting activity and refreshments for those who visit the store during the First Friday event. Located at 203 Davis Avenue, Ceramics with Class invites you to come explore your creative side and learn to make something beautiful.
The Elkins Sewing Center will also participate in this monthly event by providing technique demonstrations. And, children are invited to participate in a free, creative activity. The project is suitable for ages 8 and up, but youngsters must be accompanied by an adult to participate, according to owner Sue Pifer.
Artists at Work will provide a chance for kids to make a free snowman ornament.
"No need to wait until it's snowing - kids can make a snowman anytime they want with this adorable project," artist Debbie Sorensen said. Artists at Work invites parents to enjoy refreshments, a glass of wine, and browse the artwork of over 20 local artists, while their kids are working on this fun craft.
The Randolph County Community Arts Center will be hosting an Opening Reception for the West Virginia Watercolor Society All Member Exhibit held in the Great Hall beginning at 5 p.m. And, the Jack Basil Retrospective Exhibit will open today in the Maxwell Room Gallery.
Please stop in and visit with these friendly merchants this Friday to show your support for a growing downtown. With many wonderful gifts and holiday specials, you are sure to find something for everyone on your Christmas list. For more information or to become involved with First Friday celebrations, please contact ON TRAC Liaison Karen Carper at firstname.lastname@example.org.