Evening on Elk drew brought crowds to downtown Elizabethton on Friday

ELIZABETHTON — The first Evening on Elk turned into a very successful activity in downtown Elizabethton on Friday.

There were plenty of shoppers in nearly every store until the event closing time at 9 p.m. The streets were also filled with people stopping to chat and enjoy a dinner from one of the food trucks or downtown restaurants, including the recently opened Big Dan’s Barbecue.

There were also lots of customers for the Riverside Taphouse, which will sell craft beer and cider in downtown Elizabethton.

The evening was aided by spectacular early spring weather that not only made it pleasant to stroll up and down Elk Avenue, but allowed merchants to leave their doors open, enticing people to come inside to shop or enjoy a meal.

With several places offering live music, the sounds also blended with the ambiance of the evening to make it an evening to long remember in Elizabethton.

Chasity Thompson, proprietor of Building 520, was one of the lead organizers of the event, which will take place on the second Friday of each month throughout the summer and fall. She said Project Move and downtown merchants worked together to make the first one a success.

The event even expanded beyond downtown to take in a food truck rally at the intersection of Elk Avenue and Elm Street and crossed the Elk Avenue bridge to host an assortment of outdoor activities on Covered Bridge Park and Sunset Yoga on Edwards Island.

If ll that wasn’t enough, once the stores finally closed at 9 p.m., there was after- event parties going on at the Riverside Taphouse and at Jiggy Rays Pizzeria from 9 to 11 p.m.

Friday was also the grand opening of the taphouse, 635 E. Elk Ave., joining its next-door neighbor, Big Dan’s Barbecue, 633 E. Elk Ave. The two establishments have formed a symbiotic relationship, with Big Dan’s selling barbecue and Riverside providing the beer.

In case you missed the first Evening on Elk, there will be more to come. The next one will be June 14.