Ashland in Motion Block Party, Art Walk to feature fourth annual Scout showcase

ASHLAND – Ashland in Motion sets up camp as local Girl and Boy Scouts prepare for the fourth annual Scout Block Party from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1.

In conjunction with Ashland’s September First Friday, Girl Scouts will feature a free, fun-filled evening with crafts, games and activities celebrating Girl Scout traditions, camps, cookies and more. This year’s Block Party theme will be a Scout Sampler.

Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council activities take place at the Ashland Girl Scout Service Center on the corner of 16th St. and Greenup Ave., Ashland.

At 6 p.m. on 15th Street, rolling downhill between Winchester and Greenup Avenues,  Boy Scout Pack 1100 will host the Boy Scout Cubmobile Derby. The Boy Scout Cubmobile is open to all Boy Scouts. Cubmobiles are gravity powered coasters that resemble soap box race cars.

Scout activities are free and open to everyone. During the event, girls can re-register or become a first-time Girl Scout, and boys may register for Boy Scouts.

The Town Square Bank Stage will feature live music performed by Appalachian folk band, Wiley Dew. The Town Square Bank Stage is located at the intersection of 15th St. and Winchester Ave. facing the First Friday Beer Garden.

The First Friday Beer Garden is co-hosted by Fat Patty’s and features domestics, wine and specialty drinks. The beer garden is located on 15th St. adjacent to the restaurant.

First Friday will also feature the musical talents of students and instructors of the Aspire! Conservatory. Musicians and vocalists will perform on the sidewalk within the designated event space, some utilizing the recently debuted painted pianos sponsored by the Ashland Kiwanis Club.

Aspire! is an outreach ministry program of Ashland First United Methodist Church that provides private and group instruction for youth and adults in music, art, dance and drama.

Downtown venues Estate Thirty3 Vinyl located at 213 16th St., and Rhythm & Relics of the Camayo Arcade will also feature live music.

The Upstairs Gallery will host a photography exhibit titled “Looking at Life Through a Lens” at the Thoroughbred Agency, located at 1430 Winchester Ave. The exhibit features the work of Huntington Museum of Art students, led by the instruction of Larry Rees.

The Pendleton Art Center located at 1537 Winchester Ave. will feature “Painting with the Pros,” hosted by resident artists Janet Lester and Sylvia Jackson. Instructors will offer suggestion and guidance to aspiring artists; artists are encouraged to bring their own supplies and current projects.

Kentucky Residential Arts and Music (KRAM) located at 224 15th St. will also feature an art exhibit.

The First Presbyterian Church will host free face painting, ice cream sundaes and lemonade. The First Presbyterian Church is located at 1600 Winchester Ave., activities take place in the church basement entrance facing 16th St.

In conjunction with Ashland Pathways, First Friday will also observe the Kentucky initiative, Green Out Day, a violence intervention initiative that focuses on the power of the active bystander. The community is encouraged to wear green in support of Green Out Day and the Green Dot movement.

The Friday night event also features extended downtown shopping and dining hours, the First Friday Classic Car Show and children’s inflatables and activities.

Children’s inflatables are sponsored by BC Tool and Party Rental and are $ 5 per child.

Classic Car Show participants may begin parking at 3 p.m. Classic Car Show registration is a $ 5 donation, which benefits hosting non-profit organizations, Coalition for the Cure of Parkinson’s and Ashland in Motion. Donation registers vehicles and enters participants into a nightly door prize drawing.

Coalition for the Cure of Parkinson’s mission is to create “hope for a cure,” creating outlets not only for raising research funds, but also serving as a spiritual and educational support system for families dealing with the disease. Coalition for the Cure of Parkinson’s is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Visit www.ccpdky.org/ to learn more about the organization.

The final First Friday of the 2017 season is “First Fright-Day” on October 6. The event will feature Halloween inspired contests and activities.

For more information about First Friday and other upcoming Ashland in Motion events, please visit www.ashlandinmotion.org/.

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