Bloomsburg’s First Friday Event Brings Community Together

As Bloomsburg area residents and university students walked down the town’s Main Street on the first Friday evening of last month, they heard live music, saw local art and took advantage of special deals in many of the local businesses. All of that was part of the new First Friday: Art & Music Crawl in downtown Bloomsburg, an event in which local musicians, artists and businesses collaborate to bring the community together. The event will reoccur on the first Friday of each month.

Nick Rusnock performs at the Fog & Flame during October's First Friday event
Nick Rusnock performs at the Fog & Flame during October’s First Friday event

April Gilliland and Nick Rusnock came up with the idea to have a First Friday in Bloomsburg, an event that is “sweeping towns everywhere,” according to Gilliland. Gilliland and Rusnock worked with the Downtown Bloomsburg manager to plan the event and contacted local businesses, musicians and artists to find participants.

“Being members in the community for a long time, as well as supporters of the music and arts, it was fairly easy for Nick and I to be in touch with several people including businesses,” says Gilliland.

Flyer for October's event
Flyer for October’s event (source: tumblr_nvk5k84N2X1s2my3)

The event featured 14 participating businesses, from Fog & Flame and Highbrow Tattoo to the new Baker’s Guild Café. Several Bloomsburg University students displayed their art at Ready Go Burrito and Moonlit Oasis.

“The turnout went extremely well and we are very happy with it. We hope this event continues to expand,” says Gilliland. “The next event will be bigger and with different artists and musicians. We also plan to extend it to more businesses as well.”

The next First Friday event will be held this Friday, Nov. 6 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in downtown Bloomsburg.

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