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Will the sun finally shine on the first Friday of this week?

While the weather looks promising today, organizers of the downtown event are nevertheless keeping their fingers crossed that Friday night’s event will be dry after rain on the first Fridays of April and May, according to Shanin Dougherty of Lycoming Arts and the Williamsport Business Association, co-organizers of the monthly celebration of the arts.

“I love the energy it brings to downtown,” Dougherty said of the event.

This month’s theme, which has been moved from April to May, is gardening. A special giveaway is planned for kids who stop by the craft table in front of 46 W. Fourth St., she said.

There they will receive a gardening kit with tomato seeds, gloves and growing pods, as well as information about a competition for young people to submit photos of their plants as they grow over the course of the season. summer.

A variety of live music is scheduled at various locations along West Fourth Street. The Pepper Street Band will perform at Pine Street, and the Route 15 band will take to the outdoor stage next to the Community Arts Center. Dougherty said Joe Musto, a blues musician, could also settle closer to Market Street.

Visitors can also seek out an array of artists, artisans and food vendors to set up along the street and many businesses remain open and feature artists inside.

“This is a great opportunity for our community to come together downtown and support our local artisans and musicians and our food trucks,” said Dougherty. “We hope people will come downtown and visit our businesses.”

The event, sponsored by UPMC, will take place Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. along West Fourth streets from Market to Hepburn, which will be closed to traffic, as well as a section of Pine Street.

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David H. Henry