First Friday to turn High Street into Sunset Boulevard

Prepare for some Hollywood glitz and glamor in downtown Carlisle Friday.

First Friday returns to the streets after a two-month hiatus with a themed event, Hollywood on High.

This month’s First Friday, which is the final event of the year, will focus on High Street. A number of merchants and restaurateurs on the street and across Carlisle will go all out with special events.

“Being that the (Carlisle Theatre) is right on that street… we thought it would be neat to do that theme,” said Glenn White, executive director of the Downtown Carlisle Association (DCA) and Carlisle’s Main Street manager.

First Friday, sponsored by CenturyLink and Dickinson College, runs from 5 to 11 p.m. But most activities, many of which are free and planned for outside, will wrap up around 8 p.m., he said.

At 8 p.m., a number of restaurants will continue the festivities with entertainment inside and the Carlisle Theatre will show the film “American Graffiti.”

“We wanted to show a film that watched up with the event,” said Cari Kiner, the manager of the Carlisle Theatre.

The showing is sponsored in part by the committee that selects films that are shown at the theater, said Bill Seras, who has owned The Back Door Café for 24 years, and is this year’s president of the DCA board.

Outdoor movie

At Dickinson College, “Toy Story 3” will be shown at Morgan Field at 9:30 p.m. Attendees can take lawn chairs and blankets and watch the movie on a large, inflatable screen under the stars. The showing is free.

Attendees will have a chance to see films at Carlisle Theatre for free as part of a fundraiser.

Participating downtown merchants will sell “I’m a Star on West High Street” donation stars for $1. Buyers can sign their names to them and the stars will be hung in a window facing West High Street.

Proceeds will be used to help cover the rights to show “American Graffiti,” White explained.

Those who purchase the stars will also have their names entered into a raffle, Kiner said.

Two winners will each receive 10 free passes to the see films at the theater and 10 coupons for free popcorn, she added.

Look-alike contest

In keeping with the Hollywood theme, a number of businesses and restaurants will hold events or will be decorated to pay homage to certain films.

The Clothes Vine will feature “The Wizard of Oz,” M&T Bank will showcase “A League of Their Own” and Miss Ruth’s Time Bomb will tout “Pretty in Pink,” just to name a few.

Alibi’s Eatery and Spirits on the first block of North Pitt Street will be transformed into a 1960s frat house as the restaurant/tavern takes on the “Animal House” theme.

A look-alike contest will also be held at Alibi’s, where those who come dressed like celebrities will be judged by the crowd, White said.

“We want people to come down dressed as their favorite male or female movie star,” he said.

Judging will take place at 7 p.m.

The Back Door Café, on the 100 block of West High, will go all out for First Friday and will feature a new menu for the night.

With the “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” theme, the menu will boost Greek cuisine, Seras said.

“This is a pretty big undertaking for us,” he said. “We’re never done this before.”

In the past, Seras said, the restaurant featured some Greek items but never created a strictly Greek menu for one dinner sitting.

The menu will include five of six appetizers and main courses that are traditional and modern Greek foods and a number of Greek soups, salads, and desserts, he said.

If the menu is a hit with patrons, some dishes could become a staple on the menu.

In all, Seras said, the entire First Friday event should be an exciting time.

“It’s a great night for the whole downtown in general,” Seras said. “It’s going to be an amazing thing.”

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