Sarnia’s First Friday cultural walkabout on Dec. 7 is all about the holidays, and below is a guide to help navigate its shows, shops, galleries and eateries.
The downtown will ring with the sound of Carols sung by Seaway Sounds Sweet Adelines Chorus from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., freshly roasted chestnuts will be available, and The Lawrence House is offering free gift wrapping for purchases made at participating stores that night.
Many are open till 9 p.m., and street and lot parking is free after 6 p.m.
JUDITH & NORMAN ALIX ART GALLERY – 147 Lochiel St – 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. At 7 p.m. see the underground, musically experimental and possibly imaginary band Dee No Namers, the master work of a group of young talents that came together for TNT: Band Makes.
COFFEE CULTURE – 130 Lochiel St. – 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. – Live music with Wild Cards
EXP REALTY – 190 Christina St N. – 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Learn about Women’s March Canada – accepting donations on behalf of Women’s Interval Home – new toys, baby items, toiletries, feminine hygiene products, diapers, gift cards, journals & day planners
ARTOPIA GALLERY & FRAMING – 188 Christina St N – 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Bruce Clarke will play Christmas tunes while patrons check out paintings, pottery, mugs, charcuterie boards and jewellery.
THE STORY – 179 Christina St N – 6- 9 p.m. – Art Therapy & Silent auction in support of Sarnia Speaks. Donations from local artists. Live painting by Laura Kreviazuk, conversation, music and cash bar
THEMPTATIONS – Hemp Goods and Culture Shops – 180 Christina St. N. – open until 9 p.m. featuring local artist Tyler Ingles
ZZAS PIZZA BISTRO – 170 Christina St N – 6:00 -9:00 p.m. – live music with Blackmore & Blackmore
R.W. LAWTON GALLERY located behind the Imperial Theatre Box Office by The Capitol Bar -168 Christina St. N. – Expansive works by Peg Kivi, Regina Gudelis, Rita Viscount and Deborah Scragg.
CHEEKY MONKEY – 130 Christina St. N – 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Live music dedicated to great Canadian rock with Big Highway, plus new original art by Bill Walters.
VANILLA BEAN – 138 Cromwell St. – Live entertainment 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. with George Ayers & Gary Wilkins, plus special dinner menu
COWBOYS & INDIANS – 121 Christina St. N – Open until 9 p.m. – works by local First Nations artists
THE LAWRENCE HOUSE CENTRE FOR THE ARTS – 127 Christina St. S. – Put a Bow on It exhibition and sale featuring art by members in wide variety of media. Opening reception 6 p.m. Classical guitar music by Colin Graf 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Meet featured writer Phyllis Humby. Free gift-wrapping for all downtown First Friday purchases.
REFINED FOOL – 137 Davis St. – Shar Stock’s most recent drawings displayed in conjunction with the Sarnia Speaks Fundraiser she’s hosting at the theStory.
RIVER BANK & CO. – 172 Front Street N – 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Holiday shopping and socializing, paintings by Baylie Randall – Photography by Frank Kaelin and special musical entertainment.
ONE TOOTH – 155 Front St N – 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. with music by Demi Krall.
CAFE YOGA: Sarnia Reiki, Meditation & Yoga – 150.5 Front St. N. Suite 7 – 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Retroflective by artist/designer/maker Holliby plus live music by Andrea Max.
ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION, BRANCH 62 – 286 Front St N. – 8:00 p.m. to midnight, music and dancing with The Casuals.
BAD DOG SARNIA – 229 Christina St N – 8 p.m. – midnight – Live music with Dixon AP.
UPS N’ DOWNS – 226 Front St N – 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. – live music with Dan Butts