On Friday, July 12, the Downtown Partnership once again pulled
off a spectacular night. Friday Sports Night, the second in the
Summer Series of 2013 (previously known as Friday Night Live),
featured local athletes and organizations and great foods and
For the kids, games and races were the focal point of the evening.
Head Over Heels, a local gymnastics organization, partnered with
the blossoming Wonderfeet Kid's Museum to provide a small-scale
gymnastics course, complete with balance beams and hopscotch pads.
There were karate demonstrations and carnival-style throwing games
showcasing a variety of sports.
The parents and adults were able to enjoy a fine dining
experience. Many area restaurants offered sidewalk dining and were
able to accommodate the large crowds that came out for Sports
The highlight of the evening took place near the corner of
Merchant's Row and Center Street, where Flipside Skate Park custom
built a temporary ramp, a "soft launch box." Skaters from the area,
mostly kids, enjoyed a little taste of the park itself, right in
the heart of Downtown. Then, two professional BMX bikers from the
New England area provided a shock-and-awe performance as they
launched themselves high into the air, performing tricks and spins
to the delight of the crowd.
Jay Willman, an associate of Flipside Skate Park, mentioned that
this was their first time being a part of a Downtown Rutland
For vendors, athletes, kids, and adults, the night was deemed a
success. The Downtown Partnership will host its next Summer Series
event, Friday Night Arts, on July 19.