The Union Recorder

May 1, 2014

First Friday jazzes things up

Felicia Cummings
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — The May installment of First Friday will feature a musical partnership between Milledgeville Main Street and Georgia College Jazz Fest.  

"We're very excited about this partnership," said Main Street Director Carlee Schulte. "This is the first time that First Friday and Jazz Fest have fallen into place perfectly on the same date."

The event will take place on Friday, May 2 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Schulte said the partnership between Jazz Fest and First Friday will introduce both sets of fans to a new event offered in Milledgeville.

"It's really a good partnership because people who attend the jazz concerts regularly will have a chance to experience First Friday activities and First Friday regulars will get the opportunity to hear Georgia College's jazz band."

The 120/80 band will be performing in front of Capital City along with two jazz sets on West Hancock Street. The GC Jazz Band will take the stage at 7 p.m. and the GC Jazzers will perform at 8:15 p.m.

The First Friday featured non-profit for May is L.O.V.E for Haiti. The organization will be selling arts and crafts to help raise money for children in Haiti.

Also for sale will be First Friday T-shirts for $10 as well as $1 raffle tickets for a 50/50 raffle.

One aspect about First Friday that Schulte enjoys is the active participation from downtown merchants.

Two local merchants are celebrating their one-year anniversary.

The Hairbar will commemorate their year anniversary on First Friday with a 'King of Pops' Popsicle stand. Popsicles will be available from 3 to 6 p.m.

The Local Yolkal Café, a downtown restaurant specializing in breakfast, brunch and lunch celebrated its one-year anniversary April 19. At First Friday, they will extend their business hours beyond lunch and offer a low country boil. To reserve a spot at the table call 478-295-0098.

Law enforcement will also be in attendance at First Friday. Officers from the Milledgeville Police Department will be located on the sidewalk near the Baldwin County Courthouse for Coffee with a Cop.

"It's an opportunity for people to come talk to us and ask us questions," said Major John Davis. "Most of the time the only time people get a chance to talk to the police is when they are getting a ticket or they are the victims of a crime. This is a chance to ask questions and learn a little more about the city police department."  

The Oconee Regional Medical Center's Kids Corner will be moving to the front campus for this First Friday. They will hold a music shaker making craft and face painting activity for kids to participate in the musical festivities of the night.

Also on Friday, the Fall Line Farmer's Market will be on the front lawn of First Presbyterian Church from 5 to 8 p.m. Live music will be played by Grammy-nominated Big Mike and the Booty Papas. They will perform R&B, Blues and Country music favorites. The Oasis Family Farm will bring a baby goat and other small barnyard animals to see and pet. Tickets for the "Not Your Mama's Garden Tour," sponsored by the Oconee Area Citizen Advocacy will also be available for sale at the market location. Tickets are $15. Master Gardeners will be doing the "Plant-a-Pot" demonstration with children to teach them how to grow their own plants.

For more information on First Friday, contact the Main Street office at 478-414-4014.