Downtown Paris Week Celebrates 193 Years
(Paris, TN) How do you celebrate a downtown that is alive and thriving after 193 years? The Downtown Paris Association is throwing a week long party that includes delicious food, historic tours, exhibits, live music, great sales, a farmers’ market, giveaways and more. Downtown Paris Week 2016, is Sunday through Saturday, June 5-11 in Downtown Paris – the “Crown Jewel of West Tennessee.”
Downtown Paris Week continues to grow with seven exciting days of fun, food, music, history and of course, shopping. The festivities are sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association (DPA).
Sunday, June 5 – Worship Downtown Day is an opportunity for our community to visit one of six, historic downtown churches for Sunday services. Whether it’s First Baptist, First Christian, First Methodist, First Presbyterian, Grace Episcopal or Quinn Chapel AME, the churches of downtown are welcoming and inspiring. “Many of these historic churches have been in the downtown area since the mid-eighteen hundreds,” said Ray. “They are the cornerstones of downtown and are the perfect place to begin Downtown Paris Week.” Also, the 2016 Historic Home Tour is Sunday afternoon from 1 pm to 4 pm featuring homes in the historic Lee School Historic Neighborhood and sponsored by the Paris Henry County Heritage Center. The tour also includes a reception at Lee Academy for the Arts.
Monday, June 6 – Dine Downtown Day celebrates the eateries of downtown Paris. On a day when many local restaurants are closed, the downtown kitchens are hopping places. Enjoy a delicious meal at Linda’s Uptown Pizza, LL’s Bar & Grill, Perry’s BBQ or Take Me Back Cafe. Enjoy coffee and a snack at Jack’s Java. While there, register to win a prize from the Downtown Paris Association. Top off that meal with a little exercise and culture with the Downtown Art Walk. Throughout the week, a number of local artists will display their work in downtown shops.
Tuesday, June 7 – Music on the Square brings bluegrass, country and rock and roll music to the east side of the court house lawn with The Old Spirits. The music flows from 5:30 – 7:00 pm. And because great music calls for great food, Perry’s BBQ will serve BBQ on site. Just bring a chair and enjoy a fun time with an exciting local musical group and delicious food.
Wednesday, June 8 – Heritage Day offers the answers to those burning Downtown questions, like “how many times did the court square really catch on fire?” Ray Harding invites locals and visitors alike to find out what’s so cool about downtown during his two, free, 30-minute walking tours. Participants should meet on the corner in front of Jack Jones Flowers. The FREE tours depart at 11:00 am and noon. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Visitors will see vintage downtown photos and other historic documents.
Thursday, June 9 – Songwriters on the Square showcases local musicians going “round robin” with favorite tunes that they’ve penned themselves. “We have so much talent in our area,” said Songwriter Night Chair Mark Johnson. “This is a great way to spotlight it. Our very own local songwriter, Vince Dodd, will lead the group.” Music lovers can enjoy a variety of talented song smiths from 6:00 – 7:30 pm on the east side of the courthouse lawn. Come hungry. Perry’s BBQ will be selling BBQ, sides and drinks. Don’t forget to bring your chair.
Friday, June 10 – Government Day and Downtown Extra Value Days is a “tip of the hat” to the government workers who serve our community. Thank a City or County employee for their service to our Community. In addition, many stores will offer sales throughout the weekend, just in time for Father’s Day. Register for in-store prizes at many shops.
Saturday, June 11 – Farmers Market and Downtown Extra Value Days continues with live models in many of the windows of downtown apparel shops today from 1:00 pm –3:00 pm as Paris Extra Value Days and a chance to win in-store prizes continue. Our first Farmers Market of the season will open Saturday morning at 8 am. All other Farmers Markets will be Tuesdays and Fridays from 3:00 pm until sold out.
“This is our Fourth Annual Downtown Paris Week and we feel it encompasses everything that is wonderful about our downtown,” said DPA Executive Director Kathy Ray. “We invite everyone to enjoy the fun of our historical downtown and to become a member of DPA, where we champion Downtown Paris.” For more information, stay tuned to the DPA Facebook page and www.VisitDowntownParis.com or call (731) 653-PARIS (7274).