The Union Recorder

May 2, 2013

First Friday showcases Milledgeville talent

Felicia Cummings
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — Local residents will get a glimpse of some of the area’s music and arts talents this week during the May installment of First Friday. 

The local talent showcase is slated from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday downtown. 

“Our city has a lot of talented people in it,” said Milledgeville Mainstreet Director Carlee Schulte. “We wanted to give them an opportunity to show off their awesome talent in a venue where everyone could have an opportunity to see them.” 

The evening will feature lots of live entertainment. The Fall Line Ramblers will play tunes in front of Metropolis on Hancock Street. Craig Hendricks will perform southern gospel songs from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Fall Line Farmers’ Market and Free Lance Ruckus will perform at the same location from 6 to 8 p.m.  

Along with the amazing performances of local talent, First Friday will also feature arts and crafts. Compassionate Crafts will joining the First Friday team this month selling lyric/verse paintings and window paintings in front of the Baldwin Lofts, and the Mary Vinson Memorial Library will host a used book sale at Digital Bridges. 

A first for First Friday will be the addition of the Fall Line Farmers’ Market. The Fall Line Farmer’s Market committee has partnered with Milledgeville First Fridays and will make its debut from 4 to 8 p.m. on the front lawn of First Presbyterian Church. Twelve local farmers will have a wide selection of seasonal produce, seafood, breads, as well as coffees, teas and arts and crafts items. 

First Friday will also give kids an opportunity to make something special for mom in time for Mother’s Day. The Oconee Regional Medical Center Kids’ Corner will feature a Mother’s Day craft session. Also, Rhonda Johnson will be near the Kids’ Corner showing off her talent as a Hula Hooper. Kids are encouraged to join in the hula hooping fun.  

At 7:30 p.m. there will be a drawing for the Blake’s Buddies Diamond Raffle. The winner will have a chance to choose between two diamonds — a 1-karat round diamond or a princess cut diamond. Tickets are on sale for $20 and can be purchased at J.C Grant Co.

“All proceeds from the raffle will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation,” said Justin Jones of J.C Grant Co. 

Although this is the first time for the diamond raffle, it is not the first time the business has raised money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 

“We’ve been doing fundraisers since 2008,” said Jones. “We’re always looking for new ways to raise money and we thought this raffle would be something different to try, plus we thought it’ll be good idea to partner with First Friday for the raffle.”

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