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January 24, 2013

First Friday to celebrate second anniversary

MILLEDGEVILLE — First Friday’s second year anniversary is quickly approaching. Just a little over two years ago the First Friday Committee decided the focus of First Fridays would be to celebrate the diversity of art in Milledgeville: painting, drawing, ceramics, music, theatre, photography, literature, culinary and so much more. The event has given local citizens one more reason to be proud of this great community as well as bring excitement and economic growth to downtown Milledgeville.

The theme for the very first Milledgeville First Friday was HeArts in the Ville. The theme played off Valentine’s Day and local art work was displayed in downtown businesses. Due to heavy rain during the first, First Friday event, all outdoor activities were cancelled and participation was slim. A bad weather beginning didn’t deter the First Friday Committee. They pushed through and managed to create a successful event each month thereafter.

Two short years later First Friday has come a long way with the guidance of Director Carlee Schulte and the First Friday Committee. With 22 events under their belt, First Friday has grown into an event that the local citizens have become proud of. Every First Friday the sidewalks are filled with excited children, adults and merchants.

Many strong partnerships have also been formed to make each month different than the last. Main Street is so thankful for the following partners that have helped guide, plan and execute First Fridays: the devoted, tireless volunteers on the committee, the City of Milledgeville Public Works, fire and police departments, Z97 FM, Digital Bridges, Oconee Regional Medical Center Volunteer Services Department, downtown merchants, Convention & Visitors Bureau, local artists and musicians, Georgia’s Old Capital Museum, Allied Arts, The 48th Brigade, The Matter Man, The Old Governor’s Mansion, Georgia College, Creative Expressions, Beckhams Used Cars, Southside Equipment, Duckworth Farm Supply, Fowler Flemister, Standard Sand USA, and many other supporters!

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Creative Expressions Studio along with the Department of Art at Georgia College is hosting the exhibit, “Once Upon a Brush,” featuring Creative Expressions artists with disabilities along with their stories behind their work. The exhibition will be on display through July 31 at Blackbridge Hall Art Gallery.

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Today marks the 44th anniversary of Rocket Roller Rink. Husband and wife, Brian & Stephanie Mixon, along with Mixon's sister and brother-in-law, Chandra and Michael Brewer, purchased the business in 2012 to preserve the memories of their childhood spent at the roller rink. 

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