A sure sign of summer has returned to Main Street in Pittston with the Second Friday Art Walk.

Vendors dotted Main Street and the lower Tomato Festival Lot the evening of Friday, May 14, while crowds meandered through the offerings of artists, crafters and other vendors.

The first art walk of the year featured 36 vendors, and main street manager Mary Kroptavich stated it was the most well-attended art walk to date.

“The first art walk was proof that people are ready to be outside and feel comfortable socializing again,” she said.

“The restaurants and small businesses were thrilled to be open face to face and receive a warm welcome from everyone who attended,” she said.

The first art walk coincided with Pennsylvania lifting mask mandates for individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Warm temperatures and sunny skies allowed the crowds to keep distance and walk outside. Most were unmasked, but some patrons did still choose to wear their masks when approaching the various vendors.

Art walks are scheduled for every second Friday of the month until October. Kroptavich is hoping to accommodate a wider variety of vendors.

“It’s time to change things up a little and make sure we are able to accommodate everyone’s taste and style,” she explained.

As CDC guidelines surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic evolve, Kroptavich said the August art walk will likely once again coincide with the city’s Tomato Festival.

“We have our fingers crossed that the weather will be nice in October so we can end our season then,” she said.

New events planned for the downtown this year have already sold out, like the Restaurant on the River event. The event on Thursday, July 15, will feature a four-course meal from Rikasa and Grico’s and an open bar, and will take place on the Water Street Bridge.

Kroptavich said the Restaurant on the River event sold out in three days.

She is also planning an event for September called Prohibition Pittston. Details about that new event haven’t been announced yet.

“Along with these two new events we are also doing community cookouts in conjunction with our community development,” she said. “We are in the works currently to start having sidewalk sales on Saturdays once a month too.”

The city farmers market also will return this year, running on Tuesdays from July until late November.

The Downtown Pittston Partnership has also planned a full schedule of movies and concerts for the Slope Amphitheater this summer. Details are posted on the Downtown Pittston Partnership Facebook page and on the city’s website.

Kroptavich said the attendance at the art walk left her excited for the summer of events ahead.

“We have a lot of fantastic things planned for the season,” she said.

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