The 3rd Friday celebration gets underway at 5 p.m. and as the sun goes down, a magnificent balloon glow will light up downtown Decatur. Hot air balloons will be located in the green space on Lee Street (in front of the Morgan County Jail), weather permitting, and festival goers are invited to mingle with the pilots and to start making plans for the Alabama Jubilee Hot-Air Balloon Classic set for May 24-25, 2014.
Throughout the evening, Bank Street and 2nd Avenue will be filled with a variety of vintage beauties and some of the area’s best musicians will keep festival goers on their feet dancing. Slated to perform on the Main Stage, located at the corner of Bank Street and Church Street from 6 to 8 p.m., is The Wheelers. The Decatur Youth Symphony will also perform on Bank Street followed by a concert in front of the Old State Bank. Additional entertainers include Jason Speegle (beside Tallulah’s), the Morgan County Dulcimer Association (next to the Neighborhood Christian Center), Bimini Road Band (between The Cupboard and Tammy Eddy), JC Carter (beside Gyro Uno and Antique Basket), Barry Hall (at Casa Grande Park), Deborah Davenport (next to the Alabama Center for the Arts), and Kim Stone and Friends (beside Downtown Dawgs). From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Jonathan Laird is the featured entertainment at Simp McGhee’s, the Back Alley Bistro will host Tim Tucker beginning at 7:30 p.m. and Josh Allison will perform on the patio at The Brick.
There will be plenty of hands-on fun for children throughout the evening including a Kids Zone on Second Avenue hosted by Bank Independent and the Carnegie Visual Arts Center will offer activities and a street art contest on Bank Street.
Jacque Reeves from the Huntsville Ghost Walk will offer a sneek peek of the new Decatur Ghost Walk, and beginning at 6:30 p.m., there will be a fashion show featuring Beautiful Edge-A Paul Mitchell Salon and Goody 2 Shoes at Casa Grande Park. Heirloom tomato plants from 1818 Farms will be available to puchase at The Cupboard and the Old State Bank will remain open until 7 p.m.
The downtown area boasts an eclectic mix of restaurants and a variety of locally owned boutiques line the streets offering plenty of dining and shopping opportunities for festivalgoers. Casa Grande Park on 2nd Avenue will be filled with craft vendors selling handmade items and artists and artesian goods vendors will be set up along Bank Street selling their works of art. Store specials, giveaways, and discounts will be offered at selected merchants including free smoothie and tanning lotion samples at Decatur Athletic Club, a Scout Trunk Show at The Paper Chase and a 25th anniversary celebration at Tammy Eddy Antiques.
MCATS will provide transportation between Bank Street and Second Avenue for $1 per person, per ride. Pickup locations are at the Alabama Center for the Arts parking lot on Second Avenue and beside Tammy Eddy Antiques and Interiors on Bank Street.
Participating streets in 3rd Fridays include 2nd Avenue, Bank, Market, Moulton, Grant, and Johnston streets. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Admission is free.
The Downtown Merchants Association wishes to thank the City of Decatur Parks and Recreation Department for the tremendous support they provide to the event as an in-kind sponsor. Presenting sponsor is Budweiser. Diamond Sponsor is Decatur Downtown Redevelopment Authority. Gold Sponsors include Bank Independent, BP, Decatur/Morgan County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce, Progress Bank, and Morgan County Commission. Silver Sponsors are Nucor Steel and 3M. Bronze Sponsors are Renasant Bank, Stovall-Marks Insurance, Beautiful Edge-A Paul Mitchell Focus Salon, and King Insurance Agency.
For more information, call Ashley Ashwander at 256.355.8993 or visit 3rd Friday’s Facebook page for the latest information.