Friday's Broadway Nights in downtown Monett will mark the event's one-year birthday. Food, dancing and refreshments will be part of the festivities.
Shaun Bennett, one of the Broadway Nights organizers, said Broadway will be closed to traffic at Fourth Street for the evening. The Monett Kiwanis Club will host a chili dinner on Fourth Street. An area in the middle of Broadway at Fourth Street will be cordoned off for performances.
A "flash mob" birthday song singing and a balloon launch will kick off formal activities at 6:30 p.m. A performance by the Bootkickers dancers will follow.
The Pierce City High School cheerleaders will perform at 7 p.m, and the dance troupe Fish Sticks, performing in the style of the Broadway show "Stomp," will use a variety of objects to enhance their dance show at 7:30 p.m.
Birthday cake and refreshments will be offered at a number of the businesses that will stay open late while offering sales and opportunities for shopping.
Blessings Books and Gifts will be giving away tote bags and Bible atlases with purchases. Bruner Pharmacy will be giving away Hallmark gift bags with purchases of $40 or more of Hallmark items. Mocha Jo's will be introducing two fall drinks to its beverage menu. Other specials will be available.
A special feature at Denali Dreams, 318 E. Broadway, will be a showing of artwork from the Monett Middle School Art Show. Students were asked to recreate items from daily life, only larger. Surprising sculptures include a McDonald's drink cup, a piggy bank, a laptop computer and a variety of cell phones. Honors from the show will be announced around 8 p.m.
Broadway Nights began as an experiment to keep downtown stores open after regular business hours to offer more time to shop and socialize. The monthly effort on the second Friday of the month has become a successful and much anticipated event.