Final Friday returns May 26

By Nikki Blankenship -

Final Friday is returning for a third year of rocking Boneyfiddle with live music, art and vending all from local artists and shop owners.

“Our 3rd annual Final Friday in Boneyfiddle starts this month on May 26 and will be located at the Scioto County Welcome Center parking lot on 2nd street with music starting at 5:15 and until 9:30,” Dot Flanagan with the Boneyfiddle Project explained.

Final Friday is brought to the area by the non-profit The Boneyfiddle Project, which consists of a committee comprised of community-minded individuals dedicated to enhancing the Historic Boneyfiddle District.

“We will be having a repeat of this event on every Final Friday from May to September, hosting a variety of musicians from all over the tri-state area,” Flanagan explained.

Each month, Final Friday features different acts.

May’s event will include:

5:15 p.m. – Portsmouth Area Children’s Theater Senior Company

5:50 p.m. – Jacey Fuller Band – a 14-year-old phenom from Huntington

6:30 p.m. – “Riverside” featuring male vocal ensemble from Portsmouth West High School

7:00 p.m. – Dedication of the new self contained mobile concert stag

(This new mobile stage was custom built to create an even more unique experience which allows the audience to be able to hear/see the performers.)

7:10 p.m. – Sasha Colette, singer/songwriter from Olive Hill, KY

8:00 p.m. – “Creek Don’t Rise” – eclectic quad band from WV, Ohio, and KY with an Appalachian-blues feel.

In addition the some local music, The Boneyfiddle Project will be hosting a “street art chalk” competition during the season’s kickoff event. $50 will go to the first place winner, $25 will be awarded to the second place winner and a $10 prize will go to the third place prize. There is no entry fee to participate. Designs are limited to a designated two feet by two feet area. The contest is open to all ages. Artists are welcomed to start at 5:30 p.m., and judging is at 7:45 p.m.

“We are asking to keep artwork family friendly, and artists will have to bring their own chalk,” Flanagan clarified.

The Boneyfiddle Project is accepting more vendors to take part in the monthly event.

“Vendors are welcomed as we are not currently asking for any setup fees with the exclusion that it’s non-food items as the committee will be handling food sales,” Flanagan commented. “If you’re interested you can message us on our Facebook page, Final Friday in Boneyfiddle, or talk to an event staff member.”

The public is encouraged to stop by and enjoy this local event. As with previous years, it is free of charge and open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own chairs. There will be off street and curbside parking.

“And don’t forget to check out our Facebook page – Final Friday in Boneyfiddle – to stay up to date on future events!,” Flanagan reminded.

The Facebook page is a one-stop-shop for other Boneyfiddle Project events as well as Final Friday monthly lineups.

By Nikki Blankenship

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.