Love and hearts to dominate Downtown Friday celebration
By Jessica Creagan
VERO BEACH -- Love will be in the air during the next Downtown Friday event in Vero Beach.
On Jan. 31 from 5:30-8:30 p.m., 14th Avenue in historic downtown Vero Beach will be transformed into an early Valentine's Day street party featuring music by 21 Hearts, 1 Beat, a musical ensemble from the Miami Country Day School.
"Love will be the music theme from the 21 Hearts, 1 Beat from the Miami Day School," Rick Wykoff, Downtown Friday entertainment chairman said in a press release.
"We've had them open for the headliner band at the Hibiscus Festival the past couple of years and they only had an hour to play and everyone wanted to hear more so we invited them back to help us kick-off the New Year to perform for three hours this time," Mr. Wykoff said.
The band is made up of upper school student vocalist and instrumentalists and they play a variety of popular music and classic rock.
"They recently performed for the Oceanside Business Association's concert and we are very glad to have them with us," said Tammy Adams, executive director of Main Street Vero Beach, in an interview.
"We have to pre-celebrate holidays since we come together on the last Fridays and the street vendors and merchants to offer wares appropriate for upcoming holidays," Ms. Adams said.
And some of the organizations will have extra motivators to encourage members of the public to stop by and visit their booths.
"The Main Street Vero Beach booth will be handing out candy hearts and chocolate, so people can stop by and learn more about our organization," Ms. Adams said.
This Downtown Friday event will feature new outdoor decorations for partygoers to enjoy, she said.
Main Street Vero Beach collaborated with nine local landscape professionals, the city of Vero Beach and dozens of local businesses and individuals to complete a number of "streetscape" improvements.
Flower pots, hanging flower baskets and bright banners now decorate the streets with lush and colorful scenery and will be maintained by the collaborative group.
"We're excited that the community came together to create a more beautiful and vibrant downtown for people of all ages," said Vicky Gould, president of Main Street Vero Beach, in a press release.
This will be the first big downtown event that visitors will be able to see the new "streetscape" and the hope is that it will be a spectacular debut, Ms. Adams said.
Each Downtown Friday event highlights a different local charity, and January's event will feature The Mental Health Association.
The Mental Health Association provides screening, crisis counseling, case management, short term therapy, group therapy, support groups and psychiatric services at the Mental Health Walk-In Center and three drop-in centers in Indian River County.
The nonprofit will have a booth where people can learn more about the programs and services offered by the group and how they can donate to help bring more services to more people with mental health concerns, Ms. Adams said.
For more information about upcoming Downtown Friday events, or about Main Street Vero Beach, call (772) 643-6782 or visit www.mainstreetverobeach.org.