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Downtown’s staying up late Friday, and everyone is invited to come Party on the Plaza.
The party’s planned set for 5 to 10 p.m., including live music, old cars and vintage and retro clothing.
“It’s an opportunity for our downtown area to shine and draw people like it needs to,” said Melissa Wickersham of Creative Candy Designs. “It came out of the vintage prom that Janet Green did last year. She’s the coordinator and sponsor for the Paris Antique Show. Several small towns she had gone to for antique shopping do something like this. We did it last year, and another town has picked it up from us.
The Paris Antique Fair takes place Friday and Saturday at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds. Admission is $3. Children under 12 get in free.
Many downtown businesses plan to remain open for late-night shopping during this year’s party, including Two Rivers Antiques, Lillian Kelley’s, Creative Candy Design, Green Boutique, Itsy Bitsy Spider, Paris Baby, OMG Designs, Smokin’ Hot Make-up, the Antique Mall and LMAO. Free refreshments served in participating stores.
“That could be anything from wine and cheese to lemonade and cookies,” Wickersham said.
The Jamayle Hill Band, a blues, funk and jazz band, takes the stage first from 5 to 7 p.m. Wendy, Cold and Rain follow from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. with both original songs and covers from the 1950s to the 1980s.
“We encourage people to wear vintage or retro or throwback clothes,” Wickersham said. “Somebody might have their mother’s prom dress, and they can wear that. Or you could come as Cindy Lauper from the ‘80s.”
Several unique travel trailers will also make their way to the square courtesy of Sisters on the Fly, an outdoors adventure club comprised of more than 4,000 women. “Sister” activities include fly fishing, kayaking, cowgirl college, wine tasting and horseback riding. Each year, the organization pledges $30,000 to Casting for Recovery, an organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of women with breast cancer by providing retreats designed to promote and support mental and physical healing.
Students from the Paris High School Cosmetology co-op program will be set up Friday and Saturday at Creative Candy Designs to raise money for breast cancer programs by selling pink hair extensions and feathers. Wickersham said they raised about $370 last week.
There’s no admission to Party on the Plaza, and Wickersham said the evening will be one to remember.
“It’ll be a really good time,” she said.