Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

October 6, 2012

Folks flock to final First Friday until springtime

The Independent

ASHLAND — As the sun set Friday evening during Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk, The Return played to a crowd on 15th street and Downtown Live wrapped up its summer season.

“There are a lot of people on the street, and we’ve got everything ready to rock at the Chimney Corner,” said Danny Craig, director of Ashland Main Street. “The weather is beautiful tonight. People are out because they know they won’t have many more days like this.”

He said Ashland will again host a party on the street in December for Christmas on Main Street, but will not host the monthly celebration outdoors again until spring.

While they still had the chance, many enjoyed music on the street as The Return played classics from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s.

Sandy and Richard Webb of Cannonsburg said they regularly come out to First Friday for something fun to do on a Friday night, but were pleasantly surprised when they realized The Return was providing the live music.

“It (the music) is good. I like their style of music,” Mr. Webb said.

While some were stationary in front of the stage, others roamed, looking at the antique cars or checking out artwork in the downtown galleries.

John Pulliam, 66, of Naples, who brought his C10 ‘83 Chevrolet Silverado to the car show, walked along the street with his family, checking out the other vehicles.

“I think this is the second time we’ve been here. We were here last month for the car show,” Pulliam said. “There are probably as many (vehicles) or more than there were last time.”

Mary Johnson, owner of Aladdin’s Art Gallery in Ashland, chose to check out the photography on display at the 1414 Gallery by Jeff Ball.

“I’m here because I just love Jeff Ball’s work,” Johnson said. “We have a picture he took of the Paramount. ... It’s one of our best sellers.”

Also on display Friday evening was the “Pink Art” exhibit at the Pendleton Art Center. The exhibit featured work by employees of Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital that is being sold via silent auction. Items on display include homemade decorative wreaths, photo frames, scarves, tote bags and gift baskets, all in pink.

Claudia Callihan, registration clerk at OLBH, said the auction will continue through Oct. 24, and the proceeds will go toward the purchase of a new “mobile mammo” van.

“I think it’s pretty cool that they’re drawing attention to it (breast cancer awareness),” said Emily Childrey, 18, of Vanceburg, after taking a look at the display.

SHANNON MILLER can be reached at smiller@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2657.