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People congregate at the Pendleton Artists Society's inaugural First Friday event March 7 at the gallery space at Water and Main streets.

Pendleton - In an effort to bring more culture and visitors to their community, the Pendleton Artists Society hosted its inaugural First Friday event this past weekend.

“At PAS our mission has always been very community based,” PAS President LaRisha Farrell said. “And what we see within Pendleton is this potential for growth in the arts and culture. First Friday events are a great way to bring people to our community.”

PAS hosted a gallery show on Friday, March 7. Farrell said Gathering Grounds Coffee Shop also stayed open late that evening.

First Friday events, originally started in downtown Indianapolis as a way to spur commerce and highlight cultural events, have recently spread to outlying communities such as Broad Ripple, Zionsville and Carmel.

Farrell said many First Friday events can be tailored to any business in the Pendleton area and offer many different ways to become involved.

“We don’t want this to just be about the downtown — there are so many business(es) that can take part of this opportunity as well,” Farrell said. “We want to bring that to life here. We’re trying to really promote this and trying to get some other business(es) on board.”

She said businesses interested in participating in First Friday events have been asked to keep locations open after 5 p.m. on the first Friday of every month.

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