Broadway Nights in downtown Monett returns on Friday with a triple header of activity. Merchants will continue to keep their businesses open late to give evening visitors a chance to take advantage of shopping opportunities. An art show and carnival are also planned.
At least a dozen artists offering paintings and other creations will have booths set up on Broadway between Third and Fifth streets. Exhibitors will put out their work late Friday afternoon and stay open until at least 8 p.m.
Art work will be for sale, said Shaun Bennett, one of the Broadway Nights organizers. Visitors are welcome to peruse the offerings and chat with the creators.
Live music will be offered as stores share late Mother's Day sales opportunities and special seasonal deals. At Denali Dreams, 315 E. Broadway, a new ice cream parlor offering sundaes and cones will be open for the first time. A band from Fayetteville, Ark., the Weekender's Band, will be performing at Denali Dreams. Other live performances are anticipated at Mocha Jo's coffee café.
On Front Street, a carnival will be operating from Thursday night through Saturday. All-American Amusements, an entertainment firm out of Arkansas, has agreed to make Monett part of its tour. A couple dozen attractions and a full array of concessions will be offered.
Preparations are continuing for the June Broadway Nights. Bennett said a classic car and motorcycle show will be an added attraction.
More details about Friday night's shopping opportunities appear on page 6.