Grafton ready to welcome folks back to First Fridays


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, while taking in all that the small town of Grafton has to offer.

All Aboard Grafton (AAG) is offering residents the opportunity to do just that with the return of First Fridays, happening this Friday, May 7.

More than a year after the outbreak of COVID-19, the town is finally starting to safely open back up and resume normal activities, and AAG members are happy to once again be hosting this monthly event.

“We are all excited to safely resume activities and get back to normal,” commented AAG Chairman Tom Hart. “We have a lot of rebuilding and catching up to do, in addition to celebrating new businesses and the survival of ones we’ve had.”

Activities for the evening will kick off downtown at 4:00 p.m. on Friday and are as follows:

• COVID-19 remembrance ceremony at 5:00 p.m., on the Mother’s Day Shrine Plaza.

• Taylor County Extension Seed Swap, at 4:00 p.m., at the Community Action building.

• Shriners Vidalia onion sales throughout the evening at Toad Hall.

• Caricature Portraits by Ben Kolb from 5:00-8:00 p.m. near Gallery 62 West.

• Taylor County Arts Council Exhibit will be open to the public from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

• Family Resource Network will host a youth art activity at the gallery from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

• Taylor County Historical Society exhibit open from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

• Taylor County Head Start will be at Toad Hall with an activity for the youth starting at 5:30 p.m.

• Live music by Chris Rucker at Espresso Yourself Coffee House from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

• Repurpose for Paws will be hosting their grand opening event with raffles and more.

• Arts and Treasures, along with Appalachian Moves and Games will be open for business.

• The Flower Market will be offering discounts on craft beers.

Organizers ask that those attending First Friday events to please observe all COVID-19 protocols and guidelines while taking part in the opportunity to support the businesses on Main Street.

“It has been a long year. I know most of us are ready to get out of the house and be a part of society once more. We are looking forward to getting things going again, and hope that the community takes advantage of the events that we have planned,” Hart expressed.

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