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First Friday attracts folks to downtown Americus

The Christmas family has bought multiple pieces from the Center for the arts (Source: WALB) The Christmas family has bought multiple pieces from the Center for the arts (Source: WALB)
The Americus Center for the Arts plays a major role in First Fridays (Source: WALB) The Americus Center for the Arts plays a major role in First Fridays (Source: WALB)
An Americus girl enjoying the drums before the drum jam (Source: WALB) An Americus girl enjoying the drums before the drum jam (Source: WALB)
First Friday allows residents to be tourists (Source: WALB) First Friday allows residents to be tourists (Source: WALB)
AMERICUS, GA (WALB) -

Folks in Americus wandered the downtown streets in search of after hour events, and there were plenty to be had.

Since March, on the initial Friday of every month between 10-20 businesses extend their hours and add artsy events for visitors to enjoy.

First Friday lasts from 5 to 8 PM, but according to one of the founders of the event, the affects live on forever.

"New people are coming in to our space," said Robin Humphreys. "We've heard from other businesses that they've had a lot more traffic and activity."

Humphreys says the center focus is on arts, creativity, music and performances. One of the spots known for putting on performances in Americus is the Rylander Theater.  It's managing director feels it familiarizes the community with the local businesses.

"It creates sort of a vibrant energy and excitement about downtown businesses," said Heather Stanley. "You have people who get the opportunity to be a tourist in their own hometown."

People from out of town enjoy the festivities as well. A South Florida family made their second visit to Americus to drop their daughter off at Georgia Southwestern. Mom says the event is all about community support. 

"To have these types of things it really gives you an idea of the community," said Christina Christmas. "And I think stuff like this to support the community is fantastic." 

Folks enjoyed everything from live music to tours of downtown establishments. The Americus Center for the Arts had a free drum jam, and provided a hot glass demonstration.

As the director of the Center for the Arts, Humphreys is used to putting on these types of events. But she likes how First Friday opens up other businesses to get creative.

"People who don't necessarily do something art related are bringing in art shows into their spaces and getting people to engage in their regular businesses in a different way."

For more information, visit the First Friday Facebook page.

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