Broadway Nights will be back on Friday night, offering area residents another evening of fun and entertainment in Monett's downtown district. Stores are staying open late every Friday into the summer but Broadway Nights still offers special draws.
According to Shaun Bennett, organizing committee chairman, participating merchants are offering relief for the traditional April bite of federal and state income taxes. Sales tax on transactions will be absorbed by the businesses, leaving extra bargains for shoppers.
Many merchants, such as the Trunk, are well stocked with spring fashions. Wicked Lovely has a new line of Men's Affliction T-shirts as well as tattoo-print flip flops and new jewelry arriving for the weekend.
A major attraction for the evening will be opening night for a new show at Jeannine Blankinship Photography and Gallery at 207 Third St. Blankinship is featuring the paintings of Springfield painter Alishia Brundege in "Art Sale: 100 Percent Clothing Off," a celebration of the female form.
|Brundege is a member of Women Artists of the Midwest and frequently shows her work in Springfield. The show will feature around 35 paintings by Brundege, mostly oils, plus the "Blue Series" of photographs by Steve Brock and some of Blankinship's works.||Blankinship's opening night will begin at 7 p.m. and include live music. Blankinship advised art in the show is all in the tradition of fine art. Parental discretion is advised for young viewers. The show will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays for one month.|
Live music will also be offered at Monett's two downtown coffee houses. Magician Cody Lowery will present two shows at Mocha Jo's and have some of his tricks for sale. Between shows Chelsea Jones will provide music from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Denali Dreams will have new artwork on display by Robyn Cook, who specializes in pencil renderings of horses, dogs and other animals.
Individual businesses will offer specialties. Blessings Books and Gifts is giving away a free gift with a $10 purchase.
Connie's Photography will again offer "quick prints" for large or small groups, two for $5 and ready in under five minutes. Connie's will also have Kayla Glossip, from Crane, showing off handmade tutu dresses for girls, head bands with decorative flowers in upscale boutique designs and Kufi hats, all at reasonable prices.
Organizers again encourage the public to make Friday an old-fashioned evening of fun and gather downtown for fellowship.
"Tonight you don't have to complain about taxes," said Debbie Berger from Mocha Jo's. "You're not going to pay any [at participating stores]."
Plans are continuing for upcoming Broadway Nights. Booth space is still available for the art fair in May. Carnival preparations for June are continuing, Bennett added.