May 20, 2016
To celebrate the past, present and future of Downtown Woodland, the City of Woodland will be hosting a “Main Street Open” event in Downtown Woodland on July 1 starting at 7pm in Heritage Plaza in conjunction with the First Friday Art Walk. Playing off of a golf theme, “Main Street Open” will be a celebration to thank the residents and business owners for their patience during all of the street closures and construction projects that occurred last year. Prior to start of the “Main Street Open” event, a ribbon cutting will take place at 5:30 pm to celebrate the grand opening of the Woodland Opera House’s Theatre and Dance Annex (TADA Studio) (520 Court Street).
Join the City for this event that includes live music and performances, tours and presentations of Downtown projects, historical and art projections, food, drinks and more. Grooveline will be playing in Heritage Plaza along with a performance by the Opera House’s Broadway Bound. The Woodland Opera House, Woodland Opera House Theatre & Dance Annex, Downtown Lofts, State Theatre and more will be featured with tours and/or presentations describing these new projects. Come to First Street to check out classic cars provided by members of the Woodland Street Cruisers Club; Quidzin will also be performing. Visual presentations on the sides of buildings (First and Main Street and Second and Main Street) will feature historical photos from Bill Hollingshead and an art show by Kent Smith. Multiple Main Street businesses will be open to exhibit the great variety of stores and restaurants in Downtown Woodland as well as art that is displayed as part of the First Friday Art Walk.
The July exhibition for First Friday at Gallery 625 will feature the art work of artists who have left their mark on public spaces in Woodland. Aptly named, "Outside the Box" this show recognizes the artists who were selected for the "Visual Voltage" project sponsored by the City of Woodland and curated by YoloArts, resulting in utility boxes being painted with original artworks in downtown Woodland, and public spaces.
Twelve artists participated in the project. They are: Amar Azuena Cid, Heidi Bekebrede, Emanuela Harris Sintamarian, Chris Kidd, Joanna Kidd, Anthony Padilla, Yvonne Roque, Alejandro Rubio, Kent Smith, Zoe Walsh, Sid Wellman, and Randy Won.
The exhibition's opening reception will be held 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday July 1 and will be attended by many of the artists. A full size painted utility box will be included in the exhibition. For more information contact YoloArts at 530-309-6464.
Various downtown businesses will be offering special discounts, activities and more. These businesses include Coldwell Banker, Home Improvements Group, Burger Saloon, Poppies Gallery, Stack’d & Brew’d, Guinevere’s Café & Bistro, Remember when Emporium, The White Barn, SORD Boardshop, Well Stocked, Diamond Western, Sweet Potato Pie, Blue Wing Gallery, Corner Drug and the Daily Democrat.
“Our downtown businesses were affected by the street and sidewalk construction and have been very understanding. Now that the businesses get to benefit from the improvements, it's time to recognize their patience and bring everyone down to show off our downtown!" Council Member Jim Hilliard, Downtown Subcommittee.
"If you think of Woodland as a Historical sleepy old town...look out. We are all about change, you might call it a major historical facelift, our store fronts are coming alive with color and new shops, venues, live music, art, food and entertainment. This is a preview, by the end of the year you'll think that our Downtown is a Disneyland for adults and families minus the ferris wheel. I'll work on that ferris wheel." Council Member Sean Denny, Downtown Subcommittee
This family friendly event will have something for everyone. Come out and celebrate your Main Street and all it has to offer.
Questions about the event can be directed to the City of Woodland Community Services Department at (530) 661-2000.