Its sunny and the weather invites us to get away for a spell. A perfect day-cation destination is the West Tennessee idyll known as Paris, Tennessee.They offer more than just the world’s biggest fish fry in April!
The 3rd Annual Downtown Paris Week celebration is now underway. June 8-14 has been designated as Downtown Paris Week for the Henry County seat. The festivities are sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association (DPA).
Activities are planned for all seven days, covering a multitude of interests- food, music, history, fashion and downtown shopping opportunities.
“This is our Third Annual Downtown Paris Week and we feel it encompasses everything that is wonderful about our downtown. “We invite everyone to enjoy the fun and to become a member of DPA, where we champion Downtown Paris,” according to DPA Executive Director Kathy Ray.
Here is the schedule of events:
Sunday, June 8 – 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.
Monday, June 9 – 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 snack, a full meal or dessert at A La Mode Sweet Shoppe; Golden Dragon; Jack’s Java; Paulette’s; Perry’s BBQ or Take Me Back Cafe. While there, register to win $25 in Downtown Paris Bucks.
Top off that meal with a little exercise and culture, enjoy the the Downtown Art Walk. Throughout the week, a number of artists will display their work in downtown shop windows.
Tuesday, June 10 – Music on the Square Day brings bluegrass, country and gospel music to the east side of the court house lawn with the Chill Tonics (Bo Caldwell, Bob Darby and Irving Dutton). The music flows from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. And because great music calls for great food, Perry’s will serve BBQ on site. BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair).
Wednesday, June 11 – Heritage Day offers the answers to those burning Downtown questions, like “how many times did the court square really catch on fire?” Ray Harding leads FREE walking tours through downtown at 11 am and noon beginning outside Jack Jones Flowers.
The Henry County Heritage Center opens at 10 am with an exciting exhibit, “Downtown Paris History”. Visitors will see vintage downtown photos and other historic documents.
Thursday, June 12 – Songwriters on the Square showcases local musicians going “round robin” with favorite tunes that they’ve penned themselves. The event runs from 6:30-8 pm on the east side of the court house. Come hungry; Perry’s BBQ will be selling BBQ, sides and drinks. BYOC.
Friday, June 13 – Government Day and Downtown Extra Value Days is a “tip of the hat” to the government workers who serve 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 14 – Passport to Paris is a trip of food, fashion, fun and friendship at the Greystone Ballroom. At 10:30 am and 1:15 pm participants’ passports take them to healthier living with seminars on women’s health from Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Heather Gladwell and Urologist Dr. Joe Mobley III.
From 12 – 1 pm there is lunch by Paulette’s, wine tasting by Paris Winery and a fashion show from six downtown clothiers, including The Toggery, Off the Square, Maggies, Herron & Wills, Boutique MariMac and Queens of Paris. Additionally, Downtown Paris Association (DPA) vendors will be selling their wares in the lobby.
Passports are $15 and are available at the DPA office, 203 N. Fentress or participating fashion show shops. Co-sponsored by the Henry County Medical Center, this event is a fundraiser for the Downtown Paris Association.
Finally, as Downtown Extra Value Days continue on and around the square, Downtown Paris Week caps off with FREE carriage rides. Commercial Bank, FirstBank and Security Bank invite you to enjoy a June afternoon from a different vantage point, in a horse drawn carriage. Rides depart from the corner of Washington and Poplar Streets between 2 and 4 pm..