December 18th, 2015 from 5-8pm is the next 3rd Friday in Downtown Salisbury, and the month’s theme is Decemberfest! It’s National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day, so don your favorite festive outfits for a night out in Downtown Salisbury. Even without outdoor vendors or activities, there will still be tons of places to enjoy live entertainment, great sales and fabulous art!
It’s the final night of the 2015 Holiday Fine Art Show at The Art Institute and Gallery, with a special Blowout Sale on their Holiday Bazaar, perfect for last-minute, affordable holiday gifts! It’s also the last chance to view Diana Mitchell’s solo exhibition in the AIG Foyer Gallery, and to buy raffle tickets for your chance to win the SU-swag decorated tree on display in the Gallery Building window up on the Plaza. The AI&G is located on the lower level of the Gallery Building, and will be open from 5-8pm.
Down on Poplar Hill Avenue, The Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council will celebrate 3rd Friday indoors by hosting Arts on SWAC Street | A 3RD Friday Arts Mini-Mall, in its elevator-accessible loft space above Season’s Best Antiques from 5-9pm. Join SWAC to enjoy food drink, caroling, kids crafts, dancers of the season and local artisans & crafters! Toast a holiday moment with Mayor Jake Day, plus live entertainment from the Eastern Shore Jazz Vanguard, The Bay Brass Orchestra, Hunter Wort with Malik Allen and Gary Hoehler, and Ted Nichol’s Drums Around the World.
Salisbury University Art Galleries | Downtown Campus will hold the closing reception for both its current exhibitions. DarkGlass, a solo exhibition by Alice Pixley Young, explores the forest and the domestic space as places we project our fears. Sculptural installations present both spaces as characters; both soothing and alarming. Chloë Bass, The Book of Everyday Instruction, Chapter Two: Things I’ve Seen People Do Lately explores the dynamics of voyeurism and demonstrates the poetics of how we come together accidentally.
The downtown shops and boutiques have special events and sales planned! Barefoot Baby Boutique offering an extra 10% off to shoppers in Ugly Sweaters, on top of 20% off sales on all winter coats and Christmas PJs! DelMarvalous Occasions is hosting a fun-filled event of savings with $200 off venue and wedding packages for January and February, pop-a-discount 25%, 35% or even 45% off, or just stop by to say hi to Santa & Mrs. Claus from 6-8pm!! Score a Maya Bella’s $25 Gift Card for someone’s stocking and get a double slice pizza special for free! Enza’s an Organic Salon will celebrate their 9th Anniversary with cake, coffee and 20% off sales on all in-stock products, enter-to-win hair color giveaways, plus buy $100 gift cards and receive four $5 gift certificates! Angello’s Unique Gifts is the perfect place for even the hardest-to-shop for names on your list, with the finest in home décor, jewelry, glassware, personalized stationary and beer and wine supplies! Kuhn’s Jewelers always has something to light up the eyes of your special someone, and be sure to stop in Cake Art and place your holiday special orders!3
The downtown bars and restaurants are also ready for a night filled with special events and entertainment. The Brick Room is having happy hour from 4-7, an Ugly Sweater Contest with winners announced at 9pm, reverse happy hour from 9-1 with DJ VO and specials on Holiday beers all night long! For the dinner crowd, Sushi de Kanpai, Mojo’s and Market Street will have fabulous specials and quiet dining. Roadie Joe’s will have dinner specials for the whole family and live music by the Hooplahs 5:30 – 8:30. Brew River is hosting the “Win Harry’s Corvette!” raffle fundraiser to benefit the Lower Shore Parkinson’s Support Group, with live music from Mallory Lankford and Maria Mulrine 6-9 and High 5 Swan Dive 9 to close. Mojo’s has live music late night by Flint Eastwood, and Market Street has Coastal Patrol 10 to close. Plus, Headquarters Live is hosting the 2015 Senior Winter Grad Crawl, with live music from Bumpin Uglies at 10pm complete with bar crawl stops at Roadie Joes & The Brick Room.
Downtown Trolley service will start earlier at 5 PM in front of the Perdue School of Business and will run until 7 PM. Service will resume later that night at 9 PM and run until 2 AM. Boarding is only $1 and will bring you from Salisbury University and surrounding areas to 3rd Friday and surrounding Downtown destinations.
3F is an all-volunteer effort, a downtown economic development initiative and a project of the Salisbury Arts & Entertainment District Committee. For More Information: 3rdFridaySby.com