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Join us on Friday, September 6th from 6 pm – 9 pm for First Friday Bedtime Read!

When? Friday, September 6th from 6pm-9pm
Where? The streets, shops and restaurants of Historic Downtown Manassas
What? A children’s reading event hosted in the businesses of Historic Downtown Manassas.
How does it work? Merchants and Restaurants will host a reader within their business to read various children’s book to event attendees from 6pm – 9pm. Children (and their families) will travel from business to business to hear the books being read. While the children sit and listen, the families will have a few moments to shop around!
What else will be going on? Representatives from Manassas Reads will be in attendance and accepting book donations for future events!

Participating Downtown Merchants & Restaurants!

Enjoy stories throughout the evening at the following locations:
Prospero’s Books –
Original works read by local author Zach Tamer
Old Towne Veterinary Clinic
Travel Place Potomac
Scatter Seeds
The Things I Love
Knock on Wood
Totally Vintage Design –
Back to school special!
McCall Studio Gallery/DMVisual LLC – LIVE music, Free kids snacks, and adult wine/cheeses!
Crossroads Tabletop Tavern – Word Games and Games involving literature and literacy will be featured and taught, all weekend!
Popcorn Monkey – Italian Ice for sale – $2 each!
Weinegar’s Sweets & Treats – Decorate your own book cookies for just $2.50 a cookie!

CenterFuse will feature multiple readers throughout the entire evening! Check out the schedule below!
Jackie Maldonado- 6:30 (Reading in Spanish)
Madelyn Vazquez- 6:30 (Reading in Spanish)
Katherine Gotthardt- 6:45 (Reading Original Work)
Jolene Berry- 6:45
Cary Carrington- 7 (Reading Original Work)
Charlene Finnegan- 7:15
Sarah Poole- 7:15
Ian Lovejoy- 7:30
Lillian Warkentin- 7:30 (Reading by Professional Voice-over Artist)
Diane Mucci- 7:45
Lawanda Council- 7:45 (Reading Original Work by local author Kerry Molina)
Ben Benita- 8:00
Michael Otaigbe- 8:00
Chris Peden- 8:15

Special features for the evening!
Creative Brush Studio – Opening reception for the “Best of the Region” Art Exhibit.
On exhibit will be over 50 pieces of art by artists withing a 35 miles radius of Manassas.

Morais Vineyards & Winery / Aroma Wine Tasting – Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader Trivia!


The streets will be closed.
This event is free for the public to attend!


For up to date information about First Friday events,
Text: FirstFriday (all one word) to 888-777,
or click here.

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