FIRST Friday Block Party to Activate Eagle Street in North Adams
NORTH ADAMS — The community is invited to the Aug. 5 FIRST Friday Block Party on Eagle Street, a monthly downtown event in North Adams that includes live music, street games, activities for all ages, a gathering with Mayor Jennifer Macksey, and gallery exhibition openings from 4 to 9 p.m.
The Aug. 5 event will be the first of many Eagle Street business collaborations, with the intention of providing positive, uplifting experiences free for all city residents, and providing opportunities for local businesses to thrive. Eagle Street will be closed to car traffic on the FIRST Friday evenings of Aug. 5, Sept. 2, and Oct. 7.
One organizer, Anna Farrington, who owns and operates Installation Space Gallery at 49 Eagle St., noted that “we closed Eagle Street to car traffic during First Friday last October for the Eagle Street Night Market, and it went beautifully. We had a lot of participation from local businesses, artists, and residents. I’m thrilled to work with the city again to close Eagle Street for FIRST Fridays this season to bring more fun activities to the street.”
Activities and entertainment include live music in the Eagle Street pocket park sponsored by Eagle Street Music; a photo booth curated by local photographer Tiffany Fleishman Weissbrodt of Polka Dot Portraits; street games and activities donated by a number of local organizers and institutions, including MASS MoCA and MCLA’s Intramural Department; and Desperados Mexican restaurant, which will offer a beer and wine bar.
Andrew Fitch, another FIRST Friday organizer and owner of Eagle & Main, the buildings at the corner of Eagle and Main streets, added that “I see so much opportunity in downtown North Adams for collaboration and development. I have a vision for a bright and bustling city downtown we can all be proud of and participate in. First Friday street closures are a great step towards realizing that vision. It’s an honor to work on this initiative with Anna.”
The FIRST Friday Block Party project is supported by the city of North Adams and the North Adams Chamber of Commerce. FIRST Friday also welcomes the opening of new businesses to the neighborhood, including Hearts Pace Tea and Healing Arts Lounge and Future Labs Gallery.