Grafton’s March First Friday focuses on creativity of youths


GRAFTON—March’s First Friday was all about the kids, in honor of March being Youth Art Month.

Youth Art Month encourages support for school art programs and promotes art material safety. The Council for Art Education promotes the month on a national level each year. Art shows, special exhibits, fundraisers, and school and community activities take place annually, to celebrate visual art education for grades K-12.

The Historical Society opened the doors of M&M bank for an evening of crafting with the children. 

Across the street at Gallery 62 West, First Friday attendees enjoyed the gorgeous, whimsical art of local preschoolers. Art mediums on display included handprint art, feather art, marble painting, symmetry painting, melted snowmen, tissue paper art and many more.

The Taylor County Collaborative Family Resource Network partnered with the Taylor County Arts Council to do a coloring contest, where children and teens painted their feelings about gambling.  There were different prizes for different age groups. Prizes included bikes, large art sets and small drones, to name just a few.

The new Main Street eatery, Three Texans was open until 7:00 p.m., offering two for $5 tacos.

“I had my first taco at Three Texans! I’ll be back for more,” said resident Sherri Friend.

At Somethin’ Country, Mary was running a 20 percent off sale and featured some beautiful seasonal wreathes, flower arrangements and other lovely pieces that would enhance any space.

Sparky was modeling a new WVU neck scarf from 2Sisters Pet Designs, who were also selling their goods at Somethin’ Country.

The ladies from the Relay for Life had their booth set up at Espresso Yourself Coffee House, signing up teams, offering many ways for folks to give to the cause and giving away dollar off coupons good at Espresso Yourself Coffee House.

You can sign your team up for Taylor County, WV at Relayforlife.org.

If you wore green, you received a free shamrock cookie at Espresso Yourself, which several folks had along with their “Luck of the Irish Latte” and also enjoyed just sitting and interacting with each other in the relaxed environment. 

The next First Friday will take place on April 5, from 4:00-8:00 p.m. If you are interested in setting up an event for April’s First Friday, please contact Dave Cantu or message All Aboard Grafton on their Facebook page.

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