First pg 6 5-9-19

1st Fridays
Top left: Worcester Bravehearts mascot plays basketball. Matt Shredder plays violin. Left: Easton Goyette, 1, and his sister Emma, 2, attend the festivities.

First First Fridays 'great success'
PUTNAM — Sheila Frost, the Putnam Business Association business coordinator called the PBA and First Fridays Committee first First Fridays “a great success.”
She said despite the gray and cool weather, more than 1,000 guests attended.
This year First Fridays start an hour earlier, now running from 5 to 9 p.m. “This will provide attendees the opportunity to shop our stores and vendors for a longer time and gives the Committee the opportunity to include more activities,” she said.
Our Entertainer for May was Matt Shredder from New Haven on the electric violin. He also played the National Anthem on the electric violin to coincide with American Legion Post #13 Color Guard Presentation.
In Union Square Sports was the spotlight: WPTP, Putnam Little League, Rusty Greene with baseball cards, a basketball hoop, putting green, soccer shootout and baseball area featuring the Worcester Bravehearts and the CT Tigers mascot.
There were more than 40 different arts, crafts and food vendors. Community Arts was offered after the sports activities featuring an Olympic Medal craft and a red white and blue podium for photo opportunities from The Windows Art Gallery. From Tunk City Revival the opportunity to design your own baseball hat was also a craft project.  Community Arts tables are offered from the PBA free of charge to children attending the event. The Woodstock Academy performed “Footloose;” The Complex performed “Newsies” and the Maypole ceremonies; Community volunteers came from The Young Marines, Green Valley Crossing and His Oaks Ministries. NorthStar Home Loans did the set up and clean up.
The next First Fridays is June 7 with the theme American Music.


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