Make downtown Grafton your destination for First Friday fun

Trevor Clarkson will help add to the First Friday fun downtown with a live musical performance at Toad Hall. (Submitted/Sherri Friend)

GRAFTON—Summer has finally arrived, and individuals are gathering outdoors in the warmth and sunshine, and what better place for a gathering than downtown Grafton?

Be sure to head downtown on Friday, July 1, for an evening of family-friendly fun in a welcoming environment.

“Our goal is to make First Fridays in Grafton THE destination downtown,” said First Fridays organizer Sherri Friend. “And what better way is there to kick off the Fourth of July Weekend?”

The evening will feature the delicious offerings of food items, including some good old-fashioned, summertime barbeque from Lil Miss BBQ. Live on the wild side and eat your sweets first at Gallery 62 West’s TGIDF (Thank God It’s Dessert Friday), as they offer up desserts from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Once you have your bellies full and have plenty of energy to burn, take advantage of the activities being presented around town including crafting for children at both Gallery 62 West and the Taylor County Historical and Genealogical Society, beginning at 4:00 p.m.

The Taylor County Arts Council is excited to be welcoming residents back to Gallery 62 West once more and will be unveiling the work of local photographer Cindy Rubenstein. Her collection, Gateways, is one that you won’t want to pass up.

The Taylor County Preschool Collaborative will be set up inside of Arts and Treasures to help families register their little ones for the upcoming school year. And while you’re in Arts and Treasures, be sure to check out all of the handmade, homemade, unique, one-of-a-kind gifts and offerings created by local artisans and crafters.

Fairmont-Morgantown Housing Authority’s Vickie Ashcraft will be set up with information pertaining to fair housing, and the Tygart Valley United Way will be introducing families to a new program, Flipside, that will be coming to Taylor County Middle School this fall.

You won’t want to miss live music by Trevor Clarkson in Toad Hall. His show will begin at 6:00 p.m. Bring your camping chairs and enjoy the evening! 

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.

The Flower Market will be open later with storewide sales. The shop offers a variety of gift options including home décor, candles, wine, wine accessories, craft beer and much more.

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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