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October 1, 2013

Final First Friday of 2013 set

ASHLAND — Ashland Main Street Executive Director Danny Craig is keeping an eye on the forecast and hoping for one last 2013 Downtown Live and First Friday Artwalk  with warm weather and blue skies.

“We’ve had a fantastic year. The weather has been great and the crowds have been great,” Craig said Wednesday, noting each of the area’s festivals this year has been hampered by weather concerns and recalling the situation when a tornado swept through the area during a First Friday in 2012.

Craig emphasized Friday’s street celebration is the final Downtown Live for the year, although the First Friday Artwalk will continue each month as usual.

“We will have the inflatables and, of course, the classic cars en masse,” he said, adding the Ashland Lightsaber League will again be returning to the street with combat exhibitions and bouts.

“They were here once before, but I didn’t make a big enough hole for them,” Craig said of the group, which usually meets in Central Park on Friday evenings. “I’ll make a bigger hole for them this time.”

Craig said the upcoming Downtown Live is expected to include events at locations including The Upstairs Gallery, Highlands Museum and Discovery Center and the Lamp Post restaurant, where local artists, writers and poets gather to share their works. Many have also expressed early interest in the opening of a new café inside the Pendleton Art Center, which is also the center for First Friday Artwalk studio tours. Music on the street had been set to be provided by Tim Holmes, Craig said, although scheduling concerns caused sound engineer Corky Holbrook to replace him with Eddie & The Cougars.

The Ashland Main Street Songwriters Showcase at the Chimney Corner Café, which is the traditional finale for First Friday, will be delayed until Saturday, Craig said, in conjunction with the restaurant’s annual Oktoberfest celebration. Chimney Corner staff will began serving traditional German fare at noon, he said. Songwriters Sasha Colette and Cat Cirner will take turns entertaining the Oktoberfest audience with original, acoustic-based songs starting at 7 p.m.

“And, of course we are already working on our annual Christmas on Main Street, which will be Dec. 6,” Craig said.

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