Five new beginnings during York's First Friday October

Rebecca Klar
York Dispatch

Downtown Inc will hold five ribbon-cuttings on Friday, Oct. 5 — including celebrating the grand opening of a new exhibit at the Goodridge Freedom Center. 

The new exhibit, a replica of Glenalvin Goodridge's photographic studio, will be unveiled at 3:30 p.m. at the museum, located at 123 E. Philadelphia St. 

Glenalvin Goodridge was the son of William C. Goodridge, a York businessman who rose from slavery and used a secret room under the kitchen of his home as a hideaway for slaves escaping on the Underground Railroad, according to the center's website.

The Goodridge Freedom Center is the site of the former Goodridge home.

Architectural designer and volunteer Terrence Downs of North York cleans the transom window over the front door of the Goodridge Freedom House Friday, May 12, 2016. Workers are preparing the house and Underground Railroad museum for its grand opening May 21 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Bill Kalina photo

The exhibit was designed by Grant Romer of the Eastman House and features a collection of historic photographs, with a particular emphasis on African-American photographs donated by Larry West of Washington, according to the release. 

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One of five: The exhibit is just one of five ribbon-cuttings Downtown Inc will hold during October's First Friday. 

It follows September's First Friday, which welcomed in three new businesses. 

The ribbon-cuttings will kick off at 2 p.m. at 113 S. Duke St., on the second floor of Redeux Marketplace, as three photography businesses move into a studio space in the Royal Square District. 

Sarah b photography, Christina Julia Photography and the Hurst & Co. businesses will occupy the second-floor studio. 

At 4:30 p.m., Downtown Inc will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil three artistic chessboards on Continental Square. 

Goodridge center shows York City's Underground Railroad history

Richard Craighead assisted with the chessboard deigns, according to the release.

At 5:30 p.m., a ribbon-cutting will welcome Weary Arts Group (WAG) Studio West, an arts education group, to its new home at the Union Lutheran Church, 408 W. Market St. 

A musical number and meet and greet will follow the WAG ribbon-cutting, and attendees are invited to stay for a karaoke and dance exhibition until about 9 p.m. 

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Friday's ribbon-cuttings will conclude at 7 p.m. with a ceremony for the newly renovated York Emporium, 343 W. Market St. 

The remodeling, done by the Royal Square Development & Construction Co., includes new lighting, new bathrooms, new heating and ventilation and the return of a large garage door near the front of the building. 

The remodeling also features the first interior paint job for the site since World War II, according to the release. 

First Friday

First Friday runs 5-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, throughout downtown York. Some highlights:

Continental Square: Live entertainment includes Men of Color and line dancing. At 5:30 p.m., York College marks its 50th anniversary with a party, complete with cupcakes for everyone. Also, walk through WellSpan's Mega Brain.

The Historic York Inn, 30 S. Beaver St.: Art and Lit Reading Series and tours.

First Friday Latino, at CASA's York Welcome Center, 225 E. Princess St.: Food from Mi Caldero and El Serrano, salsa dancing starting at 7 p.m.