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Broadway Nights returns to Monett this Friday

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

A wide range of activities is planned for the second Broadway Nights, which will be held this Friday. At least 18 businesses along Broadway plan to stay open until at least 8 p.m., and a number of special events are planned.

Christmas will be the theme for the occasion. Live window displays are planned at Fashion Crossroads, Connie's Photography, Peppers and Company and Denali Dreams.

Jack Frost has organized a brass ensemble, headed by Monett High School Assistant Band Director Jared Brown, to provide live Christmas music from Fourth and Broadway. Groups from the Monett schools and various churches will create a vocal ensemble to serenade those coming down to join the festivities with Christmas carols.

A number of special activities are planned at various locations. The Monett Historical Society will have the museum open at 705 E. Broadway. The museum will also host a book signing for three authors on Dec. 18.

The Chamber of Commerce office at 200 E. Broadway will have an old-fashioned photo booth set up in the lobby for free pictures. Connie's Photography will provide parents with an opportunity for children to get pictures taken with Santa Claus.Local author Cheryl Hodde will be signing copies of novels she and her husband, Melvin, write under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, at Bruner's Pharmacy. Gwen Campbell, a local painter, will offer a demonstration and display of her work at The Trunk.

The Monett Branch Library will host an early evening story hour for children and hold a silent auction fundraiser for its new facility. Wicked Lovely, a new business in the 400 block of East Broadway, will have its grand opening Friday evening.

According to Shaun Bennett, one of the Broadway Nights organizers, gift certificates will be given away to lucky shoppers who attend Broadway nights. Shoppers will be able to pick up cards at participating retailers that will have to be initialed at all the participating businesses. Tickets can be left at the last business whose name is checked off, confirming a visit that night. Among the prizes are a $100 gift certificate and smaller certificates from participating retailers.

The Monett Police Department will have a car on Broadway and extends an invitation for children or adults to drop by and say hello. The Monett Rural Fire Department also has a fundraiser planned.

Other activities are still taking shape, Bennett said. Some businesses, including Mocha Jo's and Denali Dreams, will have live entertainment. A number of businesses will stay open later than 8 p.m., depending on customer activity.

After the first Broadway Nights, Bennett said a number of longtime Monett residents dropped by to say how much they enjoyed the evening. They recalled it was much like weekends in Monett during their childhood when people gathered downtown to see their friends and socialize.

Bennett encouraged the public to join in the fun. Plans are already underway for themed activities on future Broadway Nights, which will continue on the second Friday of every month.

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