Monday, August 17, 2009
First Friday's In Leesburg
First Friday events are held in downtown Leesburg on the first Friday of each month. On these nights, 35 different specialty shops and businesses stay open until 9:30 offering various types of entertainment.
Each month, scheduled entertainment is posted at http://www.firstfriday.com/. The entertainment varies, but usually includes many choices for art galleries, live music, wine tastings and more.
In August, my husband and I went and took the kids (ages 3 and 6). We grabbed a light dinner at the historic Georgetown Cafe and headed to the Last Ham Standing, a regulary scheduled monthly improv comedy show at Tally Ho Theatre...and yes, it is family friendly. It was hysterical... although I admit that my children kept waiting for the movie to come on. (They really didn't understand why we were in a movie theatre and not watching a movie!)
September promises to be great fun! While window shopping and antiquing, help yourself to the refreshments offered at the various shops, register to win a free makeover, and enjoy all the entertainment, much of it free.
You'll enjoy one or more of the many musical performances (anything from award winning pop vocalists to local favorite acoustic quitarists, or a classical piano trio, a punk rock band, a Latin American band and much more). Loudoun, well known for it's wines, won't disappoint...wine tastings are offered all throughout the downtown area. Whether trying wines from around the world or sticking with local favorites, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
For those with refined tastes, take in the museum or the art gallery display or a lecture and book signing. If you're looking for something a little more unique, stop in and visit Esoterica for a tarrot card or palm reading. Or, join the Yoga Happy Hour for a little yoga practice combined with beer tastings! Of course, Tally Ho is also offering their Last Comic Standing show - which promises to be great every month!
Come on down and enjoy all that the town has to offer! You won't be disappointed. In fact, there's so much to do, I bet you can't do it all. But, once you try it, you'll want to come back time and time again to check just one more item off your list! So, will YOU "Meet Me Downtown"?
PS - A hint from a local: join the Facebook Fan pages of the businesses you might want to check out. Not only will you get more info on their scheduled events, but many times Facebook Fans get special discounts!