Second Evenings on Elk set for Friday

John Thompson • Updated Jun 11, 2019 at 8:32 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The inaugural Evenings on Elk was a big success last month. The downtown sidewalks were packed with people and East Elk Avenue had a steady stream of traffic for most of the evening.

It will be interesting to see how the second Evenings on Elk will go on Friday with the Covered Bridge Celebration taking place at the same time just down the street and blocking the lower end of Elk Avenue.

The same things that drew a large crowd downtown last month will once again be in place for the second of the Evenings of Elk. Downtown shops will be open until 9 p.m. and many will feature live music.

Chasity Thompson, proprietor of the downtown store Crazy Creek Co-op, is the organizer of the events. She said the June Evening will be different from the May Evening in one area. There are more things targeted to children this time.

Thompson said there will be a Kids Corner at the Gathering Hub this time. That will include the summer reading program to encourage children to read during their summer vacation from school. She said there will be a book dropoff where children can exchange books. Children will also be encouraged to dress up as their favorite character from their favorite book.

Thompson said there will also be volunteer princesses to help at Natural Princesses on the first block of downtown near Dino’s Restaurant.

East Tennessee Ballet will also be performing for the children and their adults. Elizabethton Escape will unleash its dinosaur.

The Bonnie Kate Theater will also feature a scary large animal when it shows “Jaws” at 7 p.m.

Thompson said the May evening was directed more to mom and dad, while this one has more for the kids.

But the items that attract the grown ups are being offered by the downtown merchants. These include great sales, live entertainment and restaurants open late. It will be all grown-ups after the regular Evening on Elk ends at 9 p.m. There will be an after party that will take in Jiggy Rays Pizzeria and Riverside Taphouse from 9-11 p.m.

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