Second Friday Art Night kicks-off this Friday

LITTLETON—The Littleton Area Chamber of Commerce (LACC) is counting down to June’s Second Friday Art Night, the first of three planned for this summer. The first arts themed event is scheduled for this Friday following the Pollyanna Celebration weekend’s theme.

Chamber Downtown Director Jess Bunker explained the Second Friday Art Night’s objective is to, “Inspire a sense of community,” and “Draw local residents and second home owners to Main Street, bringing awareness to our downtown businesses.”

Participating businesses at this month’s event include Nest of Littleton, Art To Go, the Littleton Studio School, and the Loading Dock. If you have trouble finding them, look for an umbrella hanging outside their storefront.

Nest of Littleton will host their celebration party for winning New Hampshire Magazine’s Best Gift Shop of 2016 from 5 to 8 p.m. The popular home wares shop will be serving refreshments and hosting the Dan Salomon quartet as well as A Sharp Foursome, who will play at both Nest and along Main Street.

Art To Go will offer a selection of delicious wines for tasting, presented by Sommelier Bob Hill of Rhonin Wines, a New Hampshire-based company. A few of these wines include French Sauvignon Blanc, De Drouet, and Red Zinfandel.

The Littleton Studio School will be offering a pottery demonstration for kids, led by Education Coordinator Lori Silva.

Shows at the Loading Dock that evening include the Ammon’Ukes from 6 to 7 p.m. and Hot Mess from 7 to 8 p.m.

“We’re hoping to bring elements of participating shops out on the street to encourage people to visit a shop they’d normally walk by,” Bunker explained. “It’s an opportunity for businesses to tie into this event and increase their visibility.”

In addition to participating businesses, the Chamber will provide popcorn, cotton candy, and snow cones stations along Main Street.

Although the Second Friday Art Nights are geared towards locals, Bunker is hoping the events will, “Encourage downtown as a destination for both people traveling north and arriving Friday evening as well as for locals to have something fun to do after dinner.”

Collaboration between businesses with events such as the Second Friday Art Nights are, “A way to be cohesive and to cohesively promote our area,” Bunker revealed. “If we do these things collaboratively rather than separately, we can grow our effectiveness.

The next Second Friday Art Night is June 10 with a theme of “Be Glad Night.” Upcoming nights are July 8 with a Caberet theme including short performances, and Aug. 12 with a theme of International Foodie Fest. To participate, contact Jess at JBunker@LittletonAreaChamber.com, or call 444-6561.