After plenty of planning, Final Friday has arrived in Troy
By Emily Kaiser
Although school is starting and the stresses that come along with this time of year are now settling in, that doesn’t mean summer is over quite yet. The flowers are still here, the world is still green and the weather may just be nicer than one expected for August. Don’t slip into your sweatshirt and jeans just yet. Keep those flip-flops and shorts on and experience the last few weekends we have left of this glorious season. How better to enjoy than outside amongst the arts, food and music?
The first-ever Final Friday will be held Friday, August 26 from 5 to 9 p.m. in downtown Troy. Troy Main Street has worked hard to bring locals one last taste of summer while combining the appreciation for local businesses. Final Friday will be similar to other events like Urban Nights that is held in Dayton and First Fridays held in Yellow Springs, Columbus, Dayton and Greenville. There will be eight blocks of the quaint downtown area dedicated to Final Friday. The sidewalks will be filled with live music, art, entertainment and demonstrations of an array of different art forms. Anyone and everyone are welcome and sure to be entertained in some way. “There is something for everyone,” said Karin Manovich, executive director of Troy Main Street. “Our whole goal in doing this is to encourage people to patronize local businesses.”
Over 30 local businesses are getting involved with the event and each is bringing something different to the table. All entertainment and art will be showcased on the sidewalks. Troy Main Street has worked with the Troy Art Alliance, a non-profit organization whose goal is to promote the arts in Troy, and this event is perfect for just that.
Make sure you come to this event hungry. Downtown Troy has many restaurants that have everything from casual cheeseburgers and fries to fine dining. While you are enjoying a meal of your choice, get a taste of some local music as well. Live and local bands will be entertaining guests at the event throughout the evening. North & South, a bluegrass band, Stranger and Hunter Orbington, folk bands, among others are performing. Whether you like acoustic, bluegrass or another type of music, you will surely find your way to one you enjoy.
Expressions of the Home, a downtown shop in Troy, is also appreciating live music during Final Friday. It is presenting a sidewalk performance by My Three Sons, an acoustic band made up of the owner’s immediate family.
For those who are looking to relax and pamper themselves that weekend, have no fear. The Odyssey Salon will have a Return to Fashion and Beauty-themed party. Come dressed in old Hollywood attire and get ready for glitz and glamour. There you can enjoy drinks, appetizers and live music performed by Stranger. Purchase a $10 gift card and receive artificial eyelashes, eyeliner and lipstick application or nail polish application. We mustn’t forget the men out there. They can receive a free gentlemen’s manicure.
If fashion and beauty isn’t your thing, perhaps cars are. Discount Auto Accessories will feature a car and truck cruise-in. Take a few minutes to gander at the trucks and cars while the rest of the family takes in their favorite activities.
There are also many chances to watch local artists in their working element. Muddy Hands, an art studio in downtown Troy, will have an artist throwing pottery on the wheel for onlookers to see. A&A Ink will be presenting a live tattoo demonstration at their tattoo studio and The Treasured Gift is showcasing artist Paula Benfer who will be leading interactive printmaking. If you just want to sit and relax, Giacomo’s will turn their parking lot into a live bandstand where music can be enjoyed.
There is also room for the kids. The Troy Rec will take on Prouty Plaza for sidewalk chalk, corn hole and, of course, water play, because after all, it is still summer. Children will also enjoy the interactive artists and activities going on throughout the evening.
“We’ve been working on this all summer,” said Manovich. “Our hope is that if it is well received, to have it a monthly event during the warm season for 2012.”
Information, including maps of where and what times special events are going on, will be available at all participating businesses during the evening. For more information, visit www.TroyMainStreet.org.
Reach DCP freelance writer Emily Kaiser at EmilyKaiser@DaytonCityPaper.com.