First Thursday returns Sept. 7 with ‘Folksday’ theme

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Things are going to get a little folksy at First Thursday this month.

The monthly outdoor festival and art walk set for this Thursday, Sept. 7 will have a ‘Folksday’ theme, with a celebration of traditional handicrafts, a quilt-themed art installation, and musical performances by Korey McKelvy & Band, Carousel Orchestra, and more planned on the square.

In addition, local folk duo Still on the Hill will host a Show and Tell event at Experience Fayetteville, showing off their collection of handmade Ozark instruments, telling stories, and singing songs.

In honor of Welcoming Week, the City of Fayetteville will host a resource fair on the Arvest Bank Plaza on the north side of the square with resources for newcomers and neighbors.

Also on the square, artists Matthew McMillan and Bryce Arroyos will create a quilt-inspired large-scale canopy above the Fayetteville Town Center Plaza. 

An art walk featuring work by local artists and crafters will be set up around the square, and several local galleries will host openings to coincide with the First Thursday festivities. Creative Spaces at Mount Sequoyah will host a show called Keep It Simple featuring work by Jody Travis Thompson; Fenix Arts will host an opening for a group show called Reflections ANA Gallery Group Exhibit; Art Ventures will host a show titled Living Legacy: Indigenous Independence featuring work by artists Bobby C. Martin, Tony A. Tiger and Jeff Edwards; and Community Creative Center will host an open house for Tom Bartel’s current show, Monster.

Ozark Folkways, University of Arkansas Museum and Shiloh Museum of Ozark History will also be on hand on the square with demonstrations and displays.  

A slow roll bike ride will depart the square at around 6 p.m.

There will also be a kid zone, food trucks, local brews, and other festivities.

Nearby, the new Folk School of Fayetteville will also host an open house, where founders Bernice and Bryan Hembree will be on hand to discuss their mission.

First Thursday will begin at 5:30 p.m. and run until around 9 p.m.For a bit more information, check out the Facebook event.