In case you haven't noticed, Third Friday is going big this year.
Ever since the event's new organizers took over in March, they've been trying to make each Third Friday better than the last. This Friday is no different, with an outdoor movie, a free raffle and plenty of live music and demonstrations that will appeal to a broad range of audiences.
"This is the first time we've ever done something like this," said Angel Rafter of A Nu Toy Store regarding the outdoor movie.
Rafter, along with Greg and Fiona Galloway of Web Sight Marketing, Inc., have been the brains behind the revitalized Third Friday.
"Greg and Fiona are so amazing about what they do," Rafter said. "Greg does all the website work, and Fiona is able to contact all the right people all the time, and I'm walking around talking to everybody. It's made a real difference."
Their approach has met a warm reception in the business community. Rafter said that over 40 businesses and vendors now participate or sponsor the event each month. That support also means that Third Friday events are increasing in size and scope as well.
This Friday, for example, those stolling the downtown area can take in the main attraction free of charge – the movie Back to the Future on a big screen. The movie was decided upon in an online vote on the Third Friday website.
An outdoor big-screen will face south down Washington Street. The street itself will be blocked off to provide tables and seating areas for those who want to picnic or bring takeout to the show – Horseman Diner is offering its own family-meal special for the occasion (you can find all the offers here.) If it rains, the Y will be showing the movie at their downtown Tarrytown facility.
A free raffle is also on order. Participating stores will hand out tickets which you can enter into a drawing to win one of a number of prizes; from a $100 gift basket from Bark and Meow to gift certificates to restaurants and retailers.
"I'm surprised at how many merchants have been offering to put stuff in," Rafter said. "People can get the tickets in any one of the stores. It gets people to walk into the store just to get the raffle tickets, and maybe people will take a look around."
In the run-up to the raffle and feature film, there will be stunt skateboarding demonstrations provided by 2nd Nature skateshop. Music in the evening will be performed by Steel Passion, the popular Tarrytown-based band that frequently plays at the Washington Irving Boat Club. Of course, the evening's standard order of kid-friendly activities, such as face painting, will continue.
With as much success Third Friday's new purveyors are having building business support and expanding the purview of the event, it shouldn't be a surprise that they are looking to keep it going beyond their contractual date.
The original agreement with the Village of Tarrytown was to put on Third Friday events from April through November. During that time, the village provides some logistical support and funding through the Recreation Department.
Rafter is hoping the popularity of Third Friday will impress the village to keep the event going into December.
"We want to do something big and wonderful for the holidays" she said. "I don't think doing December will be a big issue."
Third Friday starts up around 5:00 p.m. The movie will start at or after 8 p.m.