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Salem First Friday picking up as spring approaches

Posted by Terri Ogan  February 28, 2013 04:52 PM

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Now that a blizzard has come and gone, Salem’s First Friday event is picking up the pace as warmer weather approaches.

The city is starting off the month with some magic, music, art and food, all of which are part of the March edition of the First Friday festivities.

“It is tending to build which is what we’re looking for and have expected as well.” said Matthew Caruso, the acting Salem Main Streets manager. “What we’re finding now is that we’re getting more and more businesses that want to join, but there are also those that approached us too late to get them on board.”

Salem Main Streets is spicing it up on Friday with a special “Oz the Great and Powerful” scavenger hunt featuring a theme of the up-and-coming Disney flick. If attendees check into at least eight of the nearly 30 businesses participating, they will be entered to win an “Oz in Salem” prize package. Additional prizes include special 3D pre-screening tickets to the movie.

In addition to the scavenger Hunt, Museum Place will be featuring a Spanish Flamenco dance and guitar demonstration.

The businesses participating in this month’s festivities include Muddle Puddle Toys, the Salem Waterfront Hotel, Rouge Cosmetics and Witch DR.

The Salem Waterfront Hotel is dishing out appetizers for 50 percent off full price between 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Rouge Cosmetics is serving complimentary refreshments and those who stop in will receive a gift with any $50 purchase. Just down the street, Witch DR will be featuring a glass-blowing demonstration.

And in Townhouse Square, children and adults can enjoy game night with new and old favorites, as well as a 15 percent discount on any one game.

Caruso hopes that Salem Main Streets will be able to schedule outdoor activities as the weather warms up.

“We already have a dance troupe that wants to perform in the mall but pending the weather we might have them perform outside,” Caruso said. “Our goal is to continue to build on this.”

Terri Ogan can be reached at oganglobe@gmail.com, or follow her on Twitter.

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