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Summer only truly arrives in downtown Pittston once art and music overtake the streets under the evening sun of a Second Friday Art Walk.

Joleen Lazecki, Mary Kroptovich and other organizers have found the vendors, gathered the artists, and nearly completed the map for the first art walk of the year set for Friday, May 11 at 5 p.m.

“I can’t tell you how excited I am,” Lazecki said. “It’s here, it’s coming, we can’t wait.”

Lazecki and Kroptovich have reworked the map of the art walk to take what once sprawled all along Main Street and make it more centralized, Lazecki said, with a heavy focus on the updated children’s section that will take up the lower Tomato Festival lot in the heart of downtown.

“That’s going to be jam-packed,” Lazecki said.

The children’s section will feature the new Art Walk Education Tent. This month, the tent will showcase artwork from students at Wyoming Area High School, but Lazecki said it will feature students from different area districts in the months to come.

“Every month thereafter we’re going to sponsor different high schools,” she said.

Children can enjoy face-painting and balloon art as they have in previous years, but this year’s children’s section will also feature what Lazecki called an inspirational rock garden.

“The kids will be able to pick rocks ... paint them, maybe write some inspiring words,” she said. “Then they can keep the stone or place it in a designated area that will grow with each walk.”

Billy Joe Herbert will also perform interactive story times for children every hour of the walk, Lazecki said.

Lazecki said the children’s section expanded this year in an effort to welcome more families to the walk.

“We want everybody in the community to feel like they’re a part of it,” she said. “It’s a great way for children to be inspired by art.”

She also hoped the new layout will allow the 15 artists signed up for the first walk to see more “traffic flow,” since they’ll be closer to the “hub” of Main Street.

“There’s so many talented people,” she said. “I love going and looking at everybody’s work.”

The Broken Road Duo and Six Guns Loaded will provide a musical backdrop for the art walk, and other musicians will perform in the Pocket Park near Napoli’s Pizza, Lazecki said.

The art walk starts at 5 p.m. on Friday and the artists hope to stay until 9 p.m.

“We hope people will come and just relax and enjoy themselves,” Lazecki said.

sscinto@pittstonprogress.com