'Summer Nights On Main' Is Becoming Summer Staple For Downtown Williston
July 20, 2022 | View PDF
Every Thursday night, from 5-9 p.m., the members of the Downtowners take over downtown Main St., Williston, from 4th St., through Broadway, and to 2nd St. Every week they have a different local business sponsor who has the option of having their booth, providing workers, additional kid's activities, or a band break activity. Their first night was June 30 and they will continue through Aug. 25. Every Thursday there will be a different band giving a concert. July 21 will be "Josey and the Whalers", a three-piece band out of the Sidney and Williston area. According to their website, http://www.joseyandthewhalers.com, they intended to be a small group with a small, acoustic sound, but the sound system, the keys, the songs, and most of all, the drums, keep growing. July 28 will be Brianna Helbling, according to her Facebook page, Brianna brings the best in Country/Rock/Pop/Originals whether it be her or with a full band. The concerts are free and start at 6 p.m. but that is not all that will be there. There will also be food vendors, kid's activities, and a beer garden. Jump N Fun provides multiple bounce houses. Some of the businesses on Main are staying open later to allow attendees a chance to shop and to add to the experience.
Eight years ago, a group of downtown enthusiasts, business owners, and those who worked for downtown businesses saw the need for "quality of life" events to bring people downtown. The group had formed in December 2011 and formally became the Williston Downtowners Association and added an event coordinator/director in 2014. "Summer Nights on Main" was added as a way to have a family-friendly event that would draw people downtown, enjoy live music, give retailers a chance to stay open in the evening if they chose to, and act as a fundraiser for the organization to continue to put on other downtown events. Naudia, the event coordinator for the WDA said, "Summer Nights on Main" is about giving all ages of the Williston Community a place to come together for family-friendly fun while also trying to support our downtown businesses."
The concert is free. Wristbands can be purchased at the event giving kids access to the bounce houses for the entire event. For information on their events, people can visit their website at http://www.willistondowntown.com, look them up on Facebook, or follow @willistondt on Twitter or Instagram. With adverse weather the event will still happen, just at one of the local event centers.