Celebrate Canton Pride with First Friday
There’s no better way to show your Canton Pride than by spending time strolling, shopping, wining, and dining all while supporting local business and vendors in the Canton Arts District during First Friday on June 3!
Start the evening early at First Stop First Friday (5:30 p.m.) in the Canton Museum of Art (CMA). Inside you’ll find Upcycle: Transforming Trash to Treasure where local artists have created unique works of art from recycled materials with the help of artist, Gwen Waight. Bring the kids to create a “Trash to Treasure” make-and-take craft hosted by the Stark Recycling District.
Give back to fellow Cantonians by visiting the Canton Police Department’s mobile command center on 4th Street as we “fill the cruiser” with non-perishable food goods to benefit partners of Project Homeless Connect, helping the needy in our area.
Mayor Bernabei will officially open the Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) at 6 p.m. at Buzzbin Art & Music Shop. The DORA permits people to legally walk outside within specified boundaries with open containers of beer, wine and liquor sold at Arts District bars and restaurants. Only patrons using the DORA “official cup” will be permitted outside with an open container.
Bounce over to 6th and Court Avenue to shoot hoops into inflatable baskets from the Canton Charge with Kempthorn Motors! Light up toys will be on sale with all money raised going to the Canton Ex-Newsboys Association, helping send local youth back to school with new coats and shoes!
Relax with the kids in the Canton Palace Theatre for the First Friday Family Movie, “Underdogs,” at 7:30 p.m.
Cantonology is all about Canton Pride! To celebrate the First Friday theme, all of their Canton-themed jewelry will be on sale. Shop ‘til you drop at unique places like Arrowhead Vintage, Just Imagine, Colette’s Vintage, and the newest arts district business: Modern Ritual Piercing and Jewelry.
Cool down and take $2 off your first drink at the Auricle Bar & Venue with receipt of purchase from any Downtown Business (Art Galleries, Restaurants, Bars, Shops, etc.) 6-10 p.m.
There’s something for everyone in the downtown galleries: Julz by Alan Rodriguez displays art created by four-legged friends from Pawsitive Ohio; Juilliard 3rd Space Art Gallery features the work of seniors from Canton Local, Plain Local, and Canton City Schools; Lynda Tuttle’s Art Center exhibits Beyond the Surface: Womb with a View, a powerful art installation revealing the lives of five women artists—donations will be accepted to benefit local women’s shelters; Dyanne Williams Mosaics has make-and-take raffia flowers; the Hub Art Factory brings back Erin Mulligan and her biological oddities; IKON Images shares their full size “Sewer Dweller” and “Gallery Ghost” one last time before they go back underground; Snarky Art & Journey Studios will debut “Mascot Mash-Up”, a stained glass-style painting of Stark County’s high school mascots; Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography holds a silent art auction for Melanoma Awareness in memory of Ellen Gray.
First Friday will be rockin’ with live music all night! Find Esto Jazz at the Joseph Saxton Gallery, Aaron Levy at IKON Images, drumming duo Joe Waller and Drew PenCook at the Canton Museum of Art, Scenic Route outside of Juilliard 3rd Space Art Gallery, Ford Olindo at Carpe Diem, Ginger Ackley at Snarky Art & Journey Studios, Mark Loy at Grapes in a Glass, Andy Cyphert at Cultured Coffee, and Saxy Rob Thompson at the corner of 4th and Court 6-8 p.m. followed by Shallow Wake on the mainstage 8-10 p.m.
So join the party and make Canton First Friday part of your weekend on June 3 in the Canton Arts District from 6-10 p.m. Download the map, plus additional details you may need at www.cantonfirstfriday.com. First Friday is brought to you by Kempthorn Motors and is presented by the downtown Canton Special Improvement District and ArtsinStark.