Hurricane Matthew has brought us some rain, but that won’t stop us from having a little fun at this month’s First Friday festivities in downtown Boone! Enjoy complimentary refreshments, art openings, receptions, live entertainment, demonstrations, dinner and drinks, great shopping and more as you visit your favorite spots and try some new ones in Boone. Festivities and specials kick off around 6 p.m. this evening.
Remember, parking in downtown Boone is always free after 5 p.m.!
Here’s a list of what’s happening this First Friday:
- Melanie’s Food Fantasy on the corner of S. Depot and W. King street – Melanie’s is now offering dinner. Stop by during First Friday to discover the new dinner options and enjoy the outdoor, patio seating. melaniesfoodfantasy.com
- Lost Province Brewing Co. on N. Depot St. – Live music with Dane Page 7:30 – 10:30 pm. Page has been playing music professionally for four years in and around Western North Carolina. His songwriting influences range from modern song writers (Amos Lee, Josh Ritter, Gregory Alan Isakov, and Justin Townes Earle) to classic song writers (Merle Haggard, Hall & Oates, Woody Guthrie, and Paul Simon). lostprovince.com
- ArtWalk on W. King St. – ArtWalk will be featuring Lenoir artist, Sam Streffye of Sam’s Recycled Art. What a started as a hobby to entertain his kids has grown into the business of using recycled metal to bring whimsy into the world. Sam makes beautiful flowers out of old swing sets, macabre skulls crafted from washers, mischievous Minions out of old tanks and more. His work will be on display on both the main floor and basement level, so be sure to check out these unique pieces for yourself. artwalkboone.com
- Speakeasy Tattoo Company on W. King St. – Speakeasy Tattoo Company will be hosting a Live Scream Printing event courtesy of the Appalachian Printmaking Club 6:00 – 8:30 pm. Screen and Relief printing available, bring a light piece of fabric or a t-shirt,$5, and choose from two to multiple designs. speakeasytattoocompany.com
- Doeridge Pottery on W. King St. – Doeridge Pottery will feature artist, Kate Colclasher. Colclasher creates decorative and functional pottery, and will be demonstrating the process on how she creates her small tree sculptures. Stop by to see Kate Colclasher demonstrate her craft 5:30 – 8:30 pm, and be sure to check out the work of 18 other potters from Watauga, Ashe, and Avery Counties. doeridgepottery.com
- Macados on W. King St. – Will be offering food and drink specials all day including the famous Cinnamon Sensation (Macados famous warm cinnamon rolls topped with vanilla ice-cream) for only $3.95. Open till 1:30 am Friday and Saturdays. macados.net
- Hands Gallery on W. King St. – Be sure to come by Hands Gallery to meet featured artist, Eric Reichard, master potter. Eric has been creating both functional and fine art objects for more than 40 years. He has studied extensively both in the United States and overseas in Japan and Kenya. Eric is currently working on a series of combination thrown and coiled pots that require incredible time and detail, taking weeks to complete. Please come by Hands Gallery and view his unique work. handsgallery.org
- Wildcraft Eatery on W. King and Appalachian streets – Support a local non-profit with a raffle featuring amazing local artists’ goods and a golf basket. Enjoy refreshments, snacks, and live music. wildcrafteatery.com
- The Turchin Center on W. King St.– Visit the Turchin Center to see current exhibits including International Series: Contemporary Artists from Brazil; Color Me This: Contemporary Art Jewelry; A Sense of Place: Eliana Arenas; The Authority of the Book; Untitled (Artspeak?): Kang Seung Lee; and Earthbound/Ethereal Nexus: John Roth. tvca.org
- Art Mart and Academy on W. King St. – Stop by for a fun and free art project for kids and adults. artmartacademy.com
- Neighborhood Yoga above the Shoppes at Farmer’s on the corner of Depot and King street – 5:30 – 7:00 pm Slow Flow/Restorative Yoga & Essential Oils for Digestive Health. An all levels workshop with Caroline Stahlschmidt. Pre-registration is suggested, $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Enjoy live Jazz in the cafe 7:00 – 8:00 pm with faculty and students from the ASU School of Music, free. neighborhoodyoga.net
- Wine to Water on W. King St. – Will be featuring artwork inspired by Wine to Water projects from around the world created by local artists Jacob Daniels and Tommy Lee. Light refreshements will be served. winetowater.org