First Fridays are back!


Grab your friends and family and head downtown for fun

GRAFTON— As life seems to be slowly shifting back to normal, individuals are more than ready to get back out in the community and interact with their neighbors once more. One way to get out and enjoy all that Grafton has to offer among friends and family is through First Fridays.

Looking for a way to draw folks to downtown Grafton while giving them a family friendly outing once a month, All Aboard Grafton hosted its inaugural First Friday four years ago.  What used to be a small group of people hovering around three store fronts has grown into a busy Main Street with folks floating from one end to the other enjoying First Friday fun.

And All Aboard Grafton (AAG) has recently announced that next month, citizens will have the opportunity to do just that as the monthly celebration returns.

Thus far, AAG has confirmed several happenings in the downtown area in celebration of the beloved little town and its residents.

As a fun way to get families outside and ready for the Easter season, T’s Tasty Treats and Olde Town Coffee & Donut Shop have teamed up for an egg hunt, with some sweet rewards.

Colorful eggs will be hidden throughout downtown and at area parks during First Friday, with special discounts and gift cards for kids and adult to seek. And keep your eye out for their golden eggs, which contain special prizes!

Join Taylor County Family Resources and their Partner’s in Prevention team, as they kick off Child Abuse Prevention Month with a proclamation and Ice Cream Social beginning at 5:00 p.m., at the International Mother’s Day Shrine Plaza.

Down the street, Arts and Treasures, a local co-op that features homemade and handmade items, will be abuzz with activity during April’s First Friday event.

Visit with folks from Northern WV Brownsfield and Downstream Strategies and learn what they are working on locally. Residents are asked to come prepared with ideas to share about increasing interest in Grafton.

While at Arts and Treasures, be sure to pop by and welcome Kimberly Byers to the community. She will be showcasing some of her gorgeously crafted wood frame kayak creations.

The American Legion will have an informational table set up near Arts and Treasures, allowing individuals to learn of the wonderful things that veteran’s organization has to offer residents of the county.

Guests of April First Fridays will also be able to learn more about Mountain Heart Community Services, who will also have an information table set up near the Taylor County Historical and Genealogical Society’s M&M Bank Building.

While in the area, be sure to pop in and visit with Historical Society members, who will be hosting a hot dog sale and a fun craft for kids. Be sure to check out the improvements and renovations that the society has been making on their historic building.

Across the street, Gallery 62 West will be welcoming youngsters to a special children’s craft. Youths are invited to showcase their artsy side and get creative making paper mosaics. This event is being offered free of charge from 4:00-6:00 p.m., for those who would like to attend.

While your kiddos are getting creative, be sure to take in the wonderful works of local artist Cindy Rubenstein, who will be showcasing her exhibit “Gateways.” The show is set to open at 6:00 p.m.

The Taylor County Preschool Collaborative will be set up at Toad Hall to accept applications for the upcoming school year.

To complete the application process, parents or guardians are asked to bring with them their child’s original certified birth certificate, social security card, shot and immunization records, dental exam sheet and their child’s physical or well-child exam forms.

For those with questions about Pre-K Registration, please contact Pre-K Coordinator Shannon Lewis at 265-2497, Ext. 1121.

The West Taylor Elementary Parent Teacher Organization welcomes you to take part in an exciting basket raffle. They will also be providing information about an upcoming carnival to be held at the school.

And of course, area businesses will be open offering discounts and specials, so be sure to check out what they have to offer.

So, mark your calendars and come join the celebration from 4:00-8:00 p.m., in historic downtown Grafton.  

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