Kick summer off right with June First Fridays in downtown Grafton

Local musician Chris Rucker will perform at Toad Hall during Grafton’s June First Friday events. (Archive/Mountain Statesman)

GRAFTON—First Fridays will be in full swing this summer, and to kick off the summer celebrations, numerous groups and local businesses will be taking part in June’s event.

Be sure to head to downtown Grafton on Friday, June 3, for an evening of family-friendly fun in a welcoming environment.

“I’m crossing my fingers that people make it downtown. We’ll have music, food and activities for kids,” said organizer Sherri Friend. “What more can people ask for?”

The evening will feature the delicious offerings of food items, including Tygart Valley Grocery/A+ Meats who will be serving up their famous pork barbeques. Guests can wash down dinner with a tasty Wonder Bubble Lemonade.

 Grafton favorite Leonard’s Grill will be welcoming residents to dine al fresco on their newly completed deck. To sweeten the visit even further, they will be offering a frozen lemonades for just $2, as part of their Friday special.

Make sure you leave room for dessert because Taylor County’s Project Period will be holding a bake sale, giving residents the chance to purchase homemade confections that will help to fund the ongoing initiative. 

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3081 Auxiliary will be set up downtown educating residents on the importance of supporting veterans through their Buddy Poppy Campaign. Be sure to stop by and learn more, and take advantage of their free cookies, candy and handheld flags. 

Entertainment and fun activities are sure to draw crowds to the area, as local musician Chris Rucker is set to perform at outdoors at Toad Hall. His show will begin at 6:00 p.m. Bring your camping chairs and enjoy the evening! 

Down the street, Taylor County Pride will be offering crafts for kids. Youths who are feeling extra creative can stop by Gallery 62 West by the Taylor County Arts Council to complete even more crafts, just in time for Father’s Day.

The scheduled Mother’s Day craft to be held during May’s First Friday event was put on hold due to weather, so the Arts council will once again be offering a paint and plant craft for youths, in their Let Your Love for Dad Bloom and Blossom event.

Across the street the Taylor County Historical and Genealogical Society will be open featuring a display of veterans. Grafton High School students completed research on veterans interred at the West Virginia National Cemetery and put together projects about each solider.

“This is a must see,” exclaimed Friend.

 During the evening, Taylor County’s local Primary Election winners will be present to meet with residents. So, come get to know your newest representatives.

And of course, since you will already be downtown, be sure to stop in at the local businesses and shops and show them some support. Many businesses will be open later and will offer special deals and discounts to celebrate First Friday.

Repurpose For Paws will be offering storewide discounts throughout the evening, along with the friendly folks at The Flower Market. And be sure to stop in at Arts and Treasures to peruse through the collections of unique handmade and homemade offerings from local artisans.

With all of these events, and the potential for more individuals and groups to join in, you won’t want to miss First Fridays in downtown Grafton, beginning at 4:00 p.m.

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