First Friday TrolleyLast month, we got a news release stating that the First Friday Trolley Hop was expanding to South Fourth Street.

Only trouble was, sharp-eyed editor Melissa Chipman figured out the trolley wasn’t actually going down the stretch of Fourth from Fourth Street Live south to Broadway.

After something of a miscommunication, this month, apparently all systems are go.

We just got an email from Jennifer Montgomery confirming the deal is done.

The First Friday Hop extends to South Fourth, which includes the new retail district created by Louisville Downtown Development Corp., starting Fri., July 5.

From a news release:

The additional route will operate on the existing 4th Street circulator, which runs from Main Street to Broadway. Riders can transfer between routes at 4th and Main Streets. TARC, which has played a key role as partner in the signature downtown event, has helped sustain the program’s existence and expansion for over the past ten years.

Riders will also have the option of exploring the recently revitalized South Fourth District’s newly opened stores and gift shops, which include Art Eatables, Block Party Handmade Boutique, Celebrations, Craft(s), Gifthorse, The Leading Man, Les Filles Louisville and Regalo. The revitalization of the district was led by the Louisville Downtown Development Corporation in efforts to expand the retail corridor on the 500-600 blocks of South 4th Street.

And as you might expect for a Red Letter Day falling on America’s greatest holiday weekend, there are cool Trolley Hop events:

· The Belle of Louisville/Spirit of Jefferson, 401 W. River Rd., will host a Moonlight Beach Party that includes a DJ, dance floor and bar. This cruise sells out, so advance reservations are recommended. Call 574-2992 for information or to make a reservation, or purchase tickets on line at 10:30 pm- 1 am, $21 per person.

· The Cressman Center for Visual Arts, 100 E. Main St., will host “William Fischer: Passion, Pursuit, Persistence.” Bill Fischer is a life-long artist, having started painting in the 1950’s and continuing on to as recently as 2011. This exhibition features approximately 40 examples of his art work made over the past sixty years. 5 -9 pm.

· Decca Restaurant, 812 E. Market St. will host music by The Pranksters at 9 pm.

· Block Party Handmade Boutique, 560 S. Fourth St, will host an Art Celebration from 5:00pm to 10:00pm, showcasing the work of artist Amy Welborn. The event will be a cash and carry art show, and refreshments will be provided.

· Swanson Contemporary Gallery, 638 E. Market St., will host an exhibition of work by Thaniel Ion Lee and eight of his colleagues.

· Garner Narrative, 642 E. Market St., will host an opening reception for an exhibition of new works by Julie Sims and Joyce Garner from 1 pm to 9 pm.

· Manny & Merle, 122 W. Main St., will be open to  2 a.m. and will host a social hour from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.with half-priced Mannyritas and Dos Equis, and $1 off tacos.

· St. John United Church of Christ, 637 E Market St, will host the musical group “Story Avenue” from 6 pm to 8 pm. Join us for great music and a tour of our beautiful sanctuary.

· Why Louisville Electric Nulu, 806 East Market Street, recently opened and features unique Louisville gifts and monthly art shows in its gallery.

The Trolley Hop is scheduled for 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., as always.

About the Trolley Hop: The Trolley Hop Program is sponsored by Republic Bank and is supported by the Downtown Development Corporation, the East Market District Association, the Louisville Downtown Management District and the Main Street Association, all in partnership with TARC. Established in 2001, the First Friday Trolley Hop program has been going strong for more than ten years. The Republic Bank First Friday Trolley Hop is held on the first Friday of each month, rain or shine, and the trolleys are free and run until 11 p.m.

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