Third Friday back for more

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First Posted: 7/16/2013

It had been quite some time since the city of Wilkes-Barre saw a Third Friday event, but thanks to the hard work and dedication of a board of people passionate about local arts and culture, the event was brought back last month – and with spectacular results.

“We are very happy with the way things turned out,” committee member Chris Kelly said. “We had the Riverfest and the Osterhout Book Sale going on at the same time, so it was a good spark to get us up and running. We’re just going to keep building and building.”

Kelly said there was a great crowd moving around the city, with each venue pulling in 50 to 60 people throughout the night.

Third Friday gives locals a chance to visit various businesses in downtown Wilkes-Barre, experiencing all they have to offer as well as some pieces from local artists and musicians.

Kelly said one of the reasons Third Friday was so successful is that such terms used to describe an event are well-known.

“You don’t need to explain to people what it’s all about, because they’re popping up everywhere. Now that people have a good idea of what it is, they’re more apt to check it out.”

Such events are unique.

“Every month could be different because each venue that signs on can get a different artist and highlight a different performer, artists musician, whatever they feel they’d like to promote,” Kelly said. “Even if people are stopping in the same venue each month they’re going to get a totally new experience.”

It’s also beneficial for the artists, who Kelly said can sell what they make to the public.

“We’d love for them to not only be able to make some income, but be able to share their art with people who can take it home and enjoy it.”

This month, Tony Brooks of the Luzerne County Historical Society will do a tour that highlights local history at 5 p.m. on trolley provided by the LCTA. Afterwards, the trolley will run on a continuous loop around the city, providing transportation to different venues .

To register as an artist or venue, visit