By FAYE TRAF­FORD

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Sur­prises are in store in down­town Put­nam the First Fri­day of each month from May to De­cem­ber. Start­ing at 6 p.m., Main Street emp­ties of cars and fills with the sounds of live mu­sic and the sight of lo­cal artists cre­at­ing and shar­ing their work. You might see pot­tery, hoola hooping or danc­ing demon­stra­tions; folks stream­ing into the shops to take ad­van­tage of spe­cial sales; and ven­dors of­fer­ing ev­ery­thing from or­ganic food to hot dogs to up­scale cui­sine.

These leisurely evenings to sa­vor creativ­ity and com­mu­nity also fea­ture a beer and wine gar­den as well as “su­per high-qual­ity en­ter­tain­ment,” said Sean Con­don, First Fri­day com­mit­tee chair­man and co-owner (with his wife Stephanie) of Glimpse of Gaia, a Main Street flo­ral de­sign and art bou­tique.

“What we’re try­ing to do is show­case the amaz­ing amount of tal­ent in north­east Con­necti­cut, just draw at­ten­tion to how much tal­ent there is the area,” he added, de­scrib­ing Put­nam as “an in­cred­i­bly cool town.”

“We have two live the­aters and for a town with 9,500 peo­ple, that’s say­ing some­thing,” he said.

Now, about the First Fri­day “Art At­tacks...”

“It’s the only thing we don’t tell you is com­ing,” Con­don said. He wouldn’t budge on de­tails for this year, but noted that past shenani­gans have in­luded graf­fiti art in­stal­la­tion, a flash mob dance per­for­mance, and a sur­prise ap­pear­ance

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“Half a dozen Cadil­lacs pulled up and these women in evening gowns got out and did a live per­for­mance on the street,” Con­don said.

He was also mum on the tim­ing of the “at­tacks.”

“What I tell you is that they hap­pen some­time be­tween the be­gin­ning and the end of the event,” he laughed. Themes for 2012 in­clude:

Bring your fairy wings and be pre­pared to en­ter a mys­ti­cal, mag­i­cal land of beauty through art.

Street art comes alive with side­walk chalk­ing, dancers, mimes, and “lots of tricks and sur­prises.”

Feel the beat with a com­mu­nity drum cir­cle, tap dancers, a ‘stomp’ work shop, and in­ter­ac­tive rhythm ex­plo­rations.

Chan­nel all that in­spired sum­mer creativ­ity. Wan­der through a maze of art in­stal­la­tions and lo­cals cre­at­ing art on the spot.

Cel­e­brate the colors of New Eng­land with paint, move­ment, clay, song, pho­tog­ra­phy, and art mak­ing.

Com­mu­nity takes cen­ter stage with a mes­sage of unity and the im­pact of cre­at­ing to­gether.

Light is the theme and a win­ter won­der­land of art and ac­tiv­i­ties is planned to warm your soul.

THE UP­CY­CLED JEW­ELRY OF MAS­TER TREA­SURE HUNTER SARAH BETH PA­QUE­TTE IS ONE EX­AM­PLE OF THE ARTIS­TIC DI­VER­SITY OF FIRST FRI­DAYS; VIS­I­TORS EN­JOY THE SUM­MER WEATHER ALONG MAIN STREET; AND FOOD IS A BIG DEAL AT THESE EVENTS, IN­CLUD­ING CLAM CHOW­DER FROM J.D. COOPER’S RES­TAU­RANT AND SPORTS BAR OF PUT­NAM.

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