DMI shifts Third Thursday to First Friday

Terry RogersBusiness, Headlines, Milford Headline Story

Entertainment at one of the DMI Third Thursday events which will now be held on the First Friday starting in May

Downtown Milford Inc. recently changed its popular Third Thursday events to First Friday, partly because Friday kicks off the weekend and most adults are aren’t working Saturday and children are out of school.

, Third Thursdays began as a way to encourage more people to visit, shop and dine downtown.

“Although we found that Third Thursday was a great way for people to see what our amazing downtown has to offer,” said Sara LeBright, interim executive director of DMI, “looking at what works best for our community and our businesses seemed to indicate a Friday event was a better option.”

First Fridays will begin May 3 and run through Oct. 4.

Third Thursday events have been themed with activities related to “Christmas in July,” “Fire and Ice,” “Superheroes,” “Dog Days of Summer,” and more.

This year, DMI will focus on bringing unique activities downtown, including a kids zone, games and specials offered in downtown businesses.

DMI is hoping more families will come see what Milford has to offer on the new First Friday events

“The main reason for First Friday is to highlight how special our downtown is,” Lebright said. “So many people, even those who live in our town, are unaware of the wonderful things happening.”

LeBright said at least 10 new businesses have opened in the downtown area during the past year.

“The Cured Plate, a speakeasy-themed charcuterie restaurant, and Stewart’s Freeze Dried Goodies are just two of the fun places we have downtown now,” LeBright said. “We have the Farmacy, fondue, Irish Rose, Junebugs, BabyBugs and Shock Vinyl. Maggie’s Antiques and Friends, Blooming Boutique, Studio You.”

DMI is looking for volunteers to help plan and manage First Friday events. Those interested should go to the DMI Volunteers Facebook page.

For more information, go to the Downtown Milford Inc. website, email [email protected] or call 302-839-1180.

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