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Stepping out on each month’s first Friday becomes a lively event when those steps are taken into Twin Falls’ historic downtown.  Twangy strains rolling from the worn stings of an old country guitar and vibrant window displays are but a few of many attractions likely to welcome  ‘First Friday’ guests.  Such festivities in the downtown district began eight years ago and have grown to include a diverse offering of arts, crafts, cooking, shopping and music as fun excuse to kick off the arrival of every month.

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Patrons at Rudy's enjoy live music and free sample food entrees from various local chefs.

Stroll along Main and Shoshone Streets while taking advantage of the many shops treating patrons to extended hours, activities, and eclectic live music sure to enchant all ages.  Whether the evening is entrusted to a single venue or is spent meandering through several hot spots, gracious hospitality and refreshments are sure to abound.

Twin Falls’ oldest continual retail location which debuted as a hardware store in 1904 now harbors Rudy’s – A Cook’s Paradise; one of First Friday’s original participants.  Visitors to the culinary specialty shop are bestowed with complimentary wine, beer and delectable treats all garnished with live tunes of local talent. For those who wish not only to enjoy a few savory sensations but to participate in the creation of them, Rudy’s hosts several instructional classes.

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First Friday at Hand's On is often packed full of creativity and fun!

Not a far jaunt from Rudy’s, individuals, families and children at heart are encouraged to summon their creative sides at Hands On Ceramic Studio. In keeping with the surrounding merriment of First Friday, Hands On offers free studio painting, live music (from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.) and hot drink specials including coffee, chai tea and hot chocolate.  “Hands On is a fun place for self expression; bring a friend to hang out and relax while you do that,” Owner Robin Dober suggests.

Jensen Ring Makers also incorporates First Friday interaction and specials. Wine and other beverages are offered while guests peruse art exhibits which rotate each month.  Owner Tony Prater explains, “It is an opportunity for the community to stop in and meet the artists.”

“First Friday is cool because it introduces people to what the downtown has to offer,” said Michele Hamilton, employee of Scrappin’ Girlfriends.  This specialty store accommodates patrons by extending its hours to 8pm on First Fridays while providing beverages and candy to those wandering by or stopping in to create scrapbook memories or other art forms.

Wherever First Friday finds you this month, don’t miss out on all that Historic Twin Falls has to offer.  Step out and discover that their business is your business and they want to share every bit of it with you!

Planning to go?

For event information please visit:

Rudy’s A Cook’s Paradise – www.cooksparadise.com
Hand’s On – www.handsonstudio.com
Scrappin’ Girlfriends  –  www.scrappingirlfriends.com
Jensen Ring Makers – www.jensen-jewelers.com

About the author

Monica Matthews - Monica grew up in Oregon and has spent the last eight years living in Southern Idaho. When she is not chasing her two young boys around, she is working in the Medical field in Sales and Marketing and exploring all that Idaho has to offer. An Oregon State University graduate with an emphasis on English and Literature, Monica discovered writing stories and poetry was her calling at a young age. She is excited to be apart of The Southern Idaho Living Magazine.

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