MOUNT VERNON — Main Street Mount Vernon will host May’s First Friday, on Friday, May 5, from 6-9 p.m., in downtown Mount Vernon.

From 6-8 p.m., community members are invited to visit the Wright Center, Kenyon College’s new location at 400 S. Main St. Inside the Wright Center visitors will find a state-of-the-art film center and community hub, featuring the new home for SPI, where Science and Play Intersect; and Kenyon’s Office for Community Partnerships, and Film Studies Program.

This community open house will feature tours of all three floors of the renovated warehouse; student displays including community-based projects in Art, Religious Studies, English and Science; free hands-on play experiences at SPI; WQIO will broadcast live with games with prizes; and free pizza and ice cream treats will also be available.

Local band Katty Whomp-Us will be featured on the main stage on Public Square. Sarah Goslee Reed will perform at the south stage.

There will be a number of family-friendly activities, including balloon sculptor Rex Naylor, cornhole, a local foods market and downtown art galleries will be open.

The registration table will be located on Public Square for the Classic Car Cruise-in. There is no fee to register. Goody bags will be given to the first 25 registrants, and door prizes will be available.
Food will be provided at the event by Thomas Concessions, 8 Sisters Bakery, Athens Greek Restaurant, and Whit’s Frozen Custard.

WNZR’s “Big Blue” will be near Public Square where visitors can stop by and register to win a special “Clean Up, Dress Up and Checkup” prize basket for the family featuring an entire house cleaning, an eye exam, gifts, and more.

Traffic will be closed one block north of Public Square, around the Square and on South Main Street down to the Wright Center starting at 4:30 p.m. The rain location for the band is the CA&C Depot, 501 S. Main St.

Contact Brianna Cooper-Risser, executive director, at 740-393-1481 for more information or visit



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