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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Florence Night Out 2019

WHAT: Florence Night Out 2019
WHEN: Saturday, June 1, 2019 5:30 – 8:30pm
WHERE: Center of Florence, MA (see map)



FLORENCE NIGHT OUT (FNO) returns Saturday, June 1, 2019 from 5:30 – 8:30pm for a Florence village block party! New this year, a portion of Main Street will be closed off during the entire event. Designed to appeal to audiences of all ages, this street festival will include: Mobile Art Box installations, open art studios, art openings, live music, dance lessons, modern and cultural dance performances, poetry readings, short film/video screenings, theater performance, art demos, family-friendly activities, extended hours/special menus at local restaurants, and more. No matter the medium, FNO brings out the best of the Valley’s creative community.

This year, FNO is partnering with Friends of Northampton Trails and Greenways to plan a bike ride from Pulaski Park that culminates in the heart of the festivities. Meanwhile, The Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (MassBike) will offer a bike valet for visitors arriving to the party via conveniently situated bike routes. The event aims to draw 2000 or more participants and visitors to Florence center. Florence artist and lead organizer Donnabelle Casis is co-curating a new series of Mobile Art Box installations with Amanda Herman, a multimedia artist and education curator at the University Museum of Contemporary Art. FNO has once again partnered with Tony Gleason, Florence resident and owner of DIY Mobile Box, to have four “Mobile Art Boxes” (MABs). MABs are 8’x8’x16’ pop-up temporary art spaces that will house interactive, multimedia installations by artists Home Body, Jonathan Mark Jackson, Bibiana Medkova, and Angela Zammarelli. Look for MABs throughout the village. As with the first FNO in 2013, Pivot Media will unveil a new mural!

NEW THIS SPRING
An Open Air Market on Main Street aims to showcase the work of artists and artisans from Florence and surrounding towns, Main Street
Valley Bike Share will offer bike demos at Cooper’s Corner, and Full Circle Bikes will offer a Bike Check Station, 30 North Maple
Print your own poster or tote at Rise & Fall’s Live Screen Printing station, 40 Main Street
Join Emily Foxtrot for dance instruction in Salsa and East Coast Swing at the Florence Civic Center, 90 Park Street
Learn woodturning with a demonstration by New England School of Architectural Woodworking, 40 Main Street
Interact with a portable museum by artist Emily Tarelia, Main Street
Workroom Design Studios will host an Open House and art opening, 22 Chestnut Street
Create chalk art with artist Chrissy Neithercott, 56 Main Street
See the art installation The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, curated by Katherine Kim, 30 North Maple Street
Visit the Attack Bear Press Poetry Vending Machine and create a poem at the typewriter station, 56 Main Street
Stop by the Art Always tables at the Freckled Fox for free face painting and crafts, 1 Main Street
Enjoy a free hayride up and down Maple Street, 30 North Maple Street
Catch the unveiling of a new mural at Pivot Media, 70 Maple Street
Make your own reusable tote bag with Northampton ReUse, Main Street
Enjoy a free gift with a booked service at Glow Beauty Bar, 40 Main Street
See art by veterans Mike McCray and Johan Massa, VFW downstairs 18 Meadow Street
Join the Contra Dance from 5:30-7:30pm, 85 Main Street
Enjoy a free Mini Massage and Healing Sessions at Indigo Wholistic Healing, 45 Main Street
Watch pottery demos at Cycle Pottery, 42 Maple Street
Donna Estabrooks will have an open studio, 30 North Maple Street
Get a goody bag at On Point Salon, 1 N Main Street
Groundings will be offering Free mini Reiki Sessions, Free make and take mandalas and sales throughout the shop, 7 Main Street
Sit back between sites with a pedicab ride, Main Street
Experience Tactical Urbanism with a parklet: Urban Fabric Pop-Up, UMass Design Center
Check out a Kuma Judo demonstration, 30 North Maple
View short, experimental films by Western MA artists curated by Sarah Lazillotta, and short films by Luke Jaeger
Enjoy an open house and enter a raffle at Apex Dental, 40 Main Street
Watch a slideshow of Historic Florence, VFW downstairs 18 Meadow Street
Participate in the interactive dance Art_Words_Movement directed by Michelle Marroquin at the Florence Civic Center 6:30-7:00pm, 90 Park Street
Prone to Mischief, a brass street band, will perform from Pie Bar to the VFW to close out the night from 7:30-8:00pm, Main Street

LOCAL BANDS + PERFORMERS
Florence Community Band will kick off its Music on the Porch Series from 5:30-6:30pm at the Florence Civic Center, 90 Park Street
Pie Bar Poets from 6:00-7:00pm, 17 Main Street
A2Z YoYo Team from 5:30pm-6:30pm, 100 Main Street
Theater Truck site-specific performances from 6:30-7:30pm, 30 North Maple Street
Khalif Neville, Kimaya Diggs, and Phenomena 256 from 5:30-7:45pm, 22 N Main Street
Zoki, and Kyle Passen from 6:00pm-8:00pm, 30 North Maple
Lyra Classical Music at Florence Pie Bar from 7:00-8:00pm, 17 Main Street
Black Rose Academy of Irish Dance from 6:00-6:30pm, Main Street
Live music with Chris Hartman at JJ’s Tavern, 99 Main Street
Two.Five Duo and Jerks on the Loose 6:30-8:30 at Pivot Media, 70 Maple Street
Bisko (of WOFA African Dance and Drum Group) from 5:30-6:30pm at Pivot Media, 70 Maple Street
Misconception band, and Northampton High School Jazz Band from 6:30-8:30pm, 100 Main Street
Headliners: Salsa Train Orchestra and art duo Bell & Howl from 8:00-9:00pm at the VFW, 18 Meadow Street

CULINARY ARTS
Cooper’s Corner will fire up the outdoor grill and have a wine tasting
Pie Bar will offer a special menu
Freckled Fox will have take-and-go goodies, paninis, smoothies and lattes
UYA Poke Bowl will have a special menu
Miss Florence Diner will have a food tent
JJ’s Tavern will have Artifact Cider tastings
Brew Practitioners will have a beer tent and food by Caravan Kitchen




For more information: www.florencenightout.org

Florence Night Out is an annual street festival organized by Florence artist and curator Donnabelle Casis and the FNO Planning Team: Amanda Herman, Cassandra Holden, Robert Ross, Carla Costa, Terre Vandale, Steven Sanderson, Mikaela Bowler, Rob Kimmel, and Nicole Bourdon. FNO is supported by Florence Civic and Business Association, Apex Dental, Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Cooper’s Corner, DIY Mobile Box, Finck & Perras Insurance, Florence Bank, Florence Hearing Health Care PC, Streetlight Financial, The Murphys Realtors, Northampton Arts Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. For a comprehensive list of artists and the schedule, visit www.florencenightout.org or FB “Florence Night Out” or by calling 413.320.2828. Email: florencenightout@gmail.com

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