Discernible buzz on Main Street
By Kevin E. Foley
Balmy evening weather contributed to the feeling that Cold Spring’s emerging monthly First Friday event is on the right road. Conversations with merchants and visitors along Main Street on Friday, May 2, suggested that the idea of stores staying open late, art galleries opening shows, and restaurants offering discounts was a formula for long-term success.
Attendees also thought the event added to the opportunities for community engagement with neighbors and friends as it offered an added reason for meeting or simply experiencing a surprise encounter at a venue or on the street.
As late as 8:30 p.m. shoppers were purchasing wares in the Cold Spring General Store, Swing and Old Souls. Restaurants such as Le Bouchon, Cathryn’s and Whistling Willie’s appeared quite full. And galleries reported a good number of visitors.
Barbara Galazzo of Gallery 66 NY, one of the organizers of First Friday, said that more businesses and restaurants had already expressed interest in formal participation for the June event as a result of the turnout last Friday.
Photos by K.E. Foley