10/03/2017 by PCRC CVB 0 Comments
First Friday Food Trucks, Craft Beer, Live Music and Artahoochee!
The transformation along the banks of theChattahoochee in Phenix City, AL is evident just by looking – a modern hotel
sits next to a traditional institution of higher education, creating the juxtaposition
of old and new, modern and traditional, forward thinking and rooted in history.
It’s this juxtaposition that makes Phenix City … well Phenix City.
Once known as “Sin City” it shed that moniker decades
ago and was even named an “All American City,” but has struggled to find its
own identity. Often cast in the shadows of its neighbor to the east,
Columbus, but in recent years it has emerged from that shadow as a distinctive
destination for Art and Adventure. But
not necessarily in the traditional sense.
For Phenix City, Art doesn’t mean museums featuring perfect paintings and standard sculptures but instead a drive-thru
museum featuring taxidermy and “intertwangleism.” Know as the Museum of Wonder it has garnered
the attention of everyone from NPR to the New York Times. And as for adventure,
it's all about urban whitewater, named “One of the Top 12 Man-Made Adventures in
the World” by USA Today the Chattahoochee River Park is Phenix City’s
playground. Phenix City even has its own version of a foodie paradise – Stomping
Grounds Food Truck Hangout, an eclectic mix of cuisines from across the globe (but
don’t worry they also have plenty of BBQ and home cooked southern cuisine too).
All that converges the first Friday of every month at Artahoochee.
The First Friday Art Walk, now in its fourth year – and a staple of the local art
scene – moved from Columbus to Phenix City to join forces with the already
popular First Friday Food Truck event. Artahoochee is a true celebration of art
and community, this free and family-friendly event brings people to the riverfront
area each month to view new artwork, meet artists, check out live music, enjoy
craft beer, dine on an eclectic mix of food and get together with family and
The first Artahoochee was held in March and despite temperatures dropping into the 30’s the turnout
was great. The Shelby Brothers captivated the crowd with their brand of rock,
folks and blues. Kids danced while their parents pursued the vendors while others
celebrated the end of the workweek with a few brews. People wandered down the
Riverwalk to watch the sun set and catch some kayakers playing Cutbait.
In the coming month,
as the weather warms up and the days get longer the event is expected to grow
with more artists showcasing their talents, more interactive and collaborative
art opportunities and more food trucks. There is even talk of a blacksmith or
glassblowers doing live demos for the crowd. There will also be the opportunity
to catch some whitewater carnage from Cutbait island as the rafting season
swings into high-gear. (This is a can’t miss. If you’ve never viewed the River
from here, you’re missing out.)
So make plans to come next month, and every month, because no matter how many times you go, there’s always something new to see.