First Friday “Art Walk” May 4th-Downtown Carlisle




New this year, First Fridays will be celebrated town-wide. 

Carlisle will come alive every First Friday, starting May 4, as area businesses are kicking of a series of First Friday events. New to this year’s series, First Fridays will be celebrated town-wide, unlike past years when they were held by streets. Town-wide First Friday celebrations, will give attendees the opportunity to visit many more of the downtown restaurants, stores, businesses and churches that make the downtown great.

Organized by the Downtown Carlisle Association’s Promotions Committee, First Fridays are held May through September, the first Friday of every month from 5 to 8 p.m. The first free event on May 4 will feature an “Art Walk”. Sponsored by Hoffman Roth Funeral Homes, various businesses in Carlisle will be staying open late and hosting special art related activities.

 Stop by the Downtown Carlisle Association’s/’s information booth at High and Hanover to get your official First Fridays downtown guide map with all new updates. First Friday activity updates will be posted on the website and Love Carlisle’s facebook page.


DCA Event Information Tent – High and Hanover – “Paint a Minivan!” CVM Autopark will have all the materials needed for your youngster to paint a new minivan! Pink or Purple, Black or Blue, all kids will have fun with this!

-Italian Street Painter Bob Baumbach will “paint” a 5′ x 8′ Italian countryside scene with acrylic chalks. Watch him create it Friday morning into the evening, and watch it be washed away that night!


American Legion Post #101 – Send a Salute: Children and adults will be provided all the materials to make a greeting card to send to a soldier oversees or a veteran in a veteran’s hospital. When complete, the American Legion will send them for you!

Artist Market of Pomfret St. – Will host three artists, chalk art and 20% off beerings.

The Back Door Café – Enjoy dinner at their enhanced outdoor seating area. Featuring “El Greco” Greek Gyros, “Picasso” Pita Pizza and “Charles Schultz” PEANUTS Butter Fudge Cake!


Café Bruges – Artwork from Bruges employees.

Carlisle Arts Learning Center (CALC) – Will host an artist reception featuring Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters & Pysanka Egg Artist Margaret Quintanar.


-Donna Mitchell will be the featured artist in the Sales Gallery & CALC’s Member Sales Gallery will be filled with paintings, photos, jewelry, pottery and textiles by local and regional artists.

-Plein Air Painters will be in downtown starting at 5 pm

-Works in the Windows will host new artwork featuring:

Dickinson College Retired Professors Photography Club – 15 & 18 N. Hanover St.

Stephanie Thompson, Roberta Iula, Thomas Oakes – 33 N. Hanover St.

Nicole Desario, Mike and Sherry Knowlton – 35 N. Hanover St.

Kelly Griffith – 101 N. Hanover St.

Catherine Stone – 126 N. Hanover St.


Carlisle Bakery – Will be celebrating their GRAND OPENING all day from 7 a.m.

to 8 p.m.!

Carlisle Fire Department – Will celebrate First Friday at the Square greeting attendees and participants!

The Carlisle Vault – Will provide tours of the building until 8 p.m.

The ClothesVine – Jean Macaluso will be the featured artist displaying her artwork. Light refreshments will be available.

Comfort Suites – Specialty drinks representing artists Picasso and Jackson Pollack and specialty foods.


Courthouse Common – Will have kids window decorating. Stop by and make your own artwork on the windows of Courthouse Common!

History on High – The Shop – Local artist and retired art teacher J. Avonelle Whitaker will lead a slide show of her local architectural paintings with a casual open forum beginning at 6 p.m. in the Cumberland Room at the rear of the shop. Popcorn will be served!

K. Marie & Company – Will feature jewelry maker Arnst Maggie Landis, have face painting for the kids and will offer 20% off store wide.

Lilis Place Country Market & Café – Friends First Friday Dinner: Bring a friend in for lunch or dinner on the First Friday of the month and buy one sandwich and soup and get the second sandwich and soup for half price (the lesser amount will be half price). Will also be selling small whoopie pies!


Market Cross Pub & Brewery – Will give a brewery tour at 6 p.m., Kua Brantner Pottery and Acoustic Guitar will be out front from 5 to 8 p.m. and Nate Myers & The Aces will be featured from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Marjories Gems – Will provide scenic rickshaw rides, will have a $1.00 vintage jewelry special and feature an artist and live music.

New Directions Salon – Will have face painting for children, 15% off any retail purchase and Haircut Only: Adults $10.00 and Children 8 and under $5.00.

Pat Craig Studios – While enjoying refreshments check out two working art studios. Will also offer 20% off all beerings jewelry only.

Pealers Flower Shop – Will be open until 7 p.m. and will offer a paper flower “make and take” for the kids! Will also offer 10% off on all plants, fresh flowers and giftware and silk arrangements.


Sadler Health Center  Will display artwork in their front windows.

Shellie’s Comb & Clipper  Will feature “Energy in Art” by Susan Hale-Courtney, Stained Glass by Diane McClaughlin, Pottery by Kurt Brantner and more in their back garden! Renowned historical musician Kent Courtney will be bringing in Civil War era CDS.

Simply Well  Will feature live music by Aaron Daniel Gaul from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the courtyard. Open flow yoga with Lisa Stets will be held from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. for $5.00. Class will be held in the studio while live music flows in from the courtyard. Gaia Fresh Food Café will be on site with a smoothie and baked goods stand. For more information go to

So-Hi Books – Open House with refreshments. 15% off all book sales at all First Fridays!

Trout Gallery at Dickinson College – 5-7 pm Reception at The Trout Gallery.


Art museum exhibitions are open, refreshments, activities for kids.
8:00-10:30 Art Heist Movies Outdoors on the Weiss Center Lawn

8:00-8:30 Wallace and Gromit in The Wrong Trousers (1993)

8:30-10:30 Oceans Twelve (2004) starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts


Traini Shoe Repair  Will demonstrate the art of the cobbler.

United Way of Carlisle & Cumberland County  Will feature sidewalk chalk art and SNL art related skits.

Valerie Moyer’s Unique Dolls & Gifts  Will feature DVD of “The Art of Reborning, Dolly Manicures: The art of “natural nails” for dolls and 15% off in stock inventory.

Whistlestop Bookshop  Displays from various local artists including Mary Ann Lard (pastels), Grace Moore (ceramics), Elise Bricker (ceramics), Meghan Reedy (ceramics).  Hours: 10 am – 8 pm


The downtown Carlisle First Friday Series is organized by merchants, the Downtown Carlisle Association and sponsored by local community corporations. Designed to increase foot traffic in downtown, and heighten the awareness of shopping and dining, the First Friday Series has been an annual downtown series for the past eight years. In 2012 occurring on the First Friday’s of May, June, July, August and September, the event has brought over 25,000 guests to downtown Carlisle.

The Downtown Carlisle Association is a main street development organization that markets and promotes the assets of the Carlisle Region for the benefit of downtown shopping, tourism, business recruitment and economic development. Through various tourism events, downtown beautification initiatives, retail recruitment and downtown residential revitalization, we make Downtown a great place to live, work, shop & play!