Enjoy Putnam’s “First Friday” festival this (August 3) and the first Friday of every month.
If you’re looking for something fun to do Friday night, head to Downtown Putnam. Named after the day on which the monthly event happens, “First Friday” is a street-side celebration that includes art, food and live entertainment for all ages. A section of Main Street is closed to traffic for this outdoor party beginning at 6 pm. Vendors set up tents and retailers open their doors past normal closing hours. Many have special events planned for the evening, including art shows, gallery talks, book signings and more. You might get to experience an “Art Attack”—a moment of “spontaneous artistic expression” that could be dance, music, theater, or art. It’s always a good time.
Dining al fresco is a Putnam specialty, so find a table and watch the festivities while you eat. Or enjoy an outdoor Beer & Wine Garden courtesy of Jessica Tuesday’s Market & Deli.
Special events for this Friday (August 3) include a Gallery Opening from 6-9 PM at Sawmill Pottery. Artist Kate Oggel’s “Lyrical Expressions” show includes an Artist Talk at 7:30 PM. Artist Tom Menard will be showcased from 5-8PM at Arts & Framing. On the street, live music will feature Sparkplug, with organist Beau Sasser and drummer Bill Carbone. This tribute band pays homage to the late legendary soul-jazz guitarist Melvin Sparks.
Images courtesy JWatt Art per The Complex Performing Arts Centre.
By Cris Cadiz