First Fridays are being held in cities across the country - including Elkins - and they offer a chance for residents and visitors to enjoy and support the arts, as well as local businesses.
"There are many reasons to shop locally, including the important fact that when you purchase at locally owned businesses rather than nationally owned, more money is kept in the community," said ON TRAC Liaison Karen Carper.
First Fridays in Elkins take place the first Friday of every month and are centered around Davis Avenue and Third Street. The April event is set from 5 to 7 p.m. April 5 and will include Artists at Work, Ceramics with Class, Elkins Sewing Center, Fashion Closet, Sewing for the Season and Subway. Local businesses are working toward a renaissance where the downtown streets are filled with people enjoying what the town has to offer.
"We would love to grow the event so that it becomes a street party which allows visitors to peruse local shops, buy from local artisans, enjoy live music out on the street and stop at one of the many restaurants downtown," said Cindy Sandeno, one of the organizers of the event.
Many businesses have come together since First Fridays began in July 2012, and the April event has the largest number of participants signed up to date.
"First Fridays are good for Elkins, and we hope everyone will pitch in to keep it going and growing," Carper said.
For more information or to become involved with First Friday celebrations, anyone interested can contact Carper at firstname.lastname@example.org.