Downtown Pittston has been experiencing quite an extensive makeover recently. From new businesses and restaurants to green areas and public art, the downtown business district is coming along nicely and is ready to be seen. Pittston is having its first-ever Second Friday Art Walk on May 10, and everyone is invited to stop down and take a peek at the progress.
The Art Walk is being held throughout the business district, focusing on Main Street, and everything to see and do is within walking distance. Live music, great food and drink specials, and, of course, amazing art are the center of attention Friday night. The event runs from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.
“Part of the revitalization effort is to put on events; you can build up the downtown, but you need people there to see it, and so we're putting on the Art Walk to get people downtown to enjoy the improvement,” said Main Street Manager Rose Randazzo.
“Pittston has always been big on art, and we want people to come see it and the progress… There is a lot to look at and more to come; we have lots of public art this year.”
Attendees are encouraged to make their first stop at Arts Seen Gallery (71 S Main St.), where they can pick up both a map of the district and a flyer with all the event information, including a list of the art exhibits and specials businesses are offering. And if anyone is looking to keep the kids busy while they take in the art, the YMCA is having a kids' night with a movie, time in the pool, and arts and crafts.
The sound of local music can be enjoyed throughout as three artists are featured at the debut event.
“The Sperazza Band is playing in the Tomato Festival lot. It's a free concert,” Randazzo explained. “We also have two up-and-coming artists, Ashley Lameraux and Josh Zurick and Friends, playing in front of The Music Scene on Main Street.”
Art Walks have popped up in a few cities throughout NEPA with great success, but Pittston is doing things a little differently.
“There is going to be a lot of outdoor café seating,” Randazzo said. “It's going to be a 'Soho' kind of art walk different from others in the area… Artists will be on the street; they'll have tables and racks set up on the sidewalk.”
Another unique feature being showcased at the event is the area's first and only pocket park.
“It's a public area in the middle of a main street with trees, plants, herbs… We have a waterfall in ours,” noted Randazzo. “The pocket park features public art and will have seating for people to eat and just hang out. It's a new concept for this area. It's very different.”
The Art Walk will be a monthly event through October, with the exception of August when the Pittston Tomato Festival is celebrated.
“Every month will be different,” Randazzo said. “We'll have different artists, bands, and specials.”
The event is sponsored by the city of Pittston and Arts Seen Gallery, and all of the downtown restaurants, bars, and retail outlets are participating. The Second Friday Art Walk is an all volunteer effort; updates and information can be found on the City of Pittston Facebook page.