If you’re looking for the best First Friday events in Fairbanks then look no further than our guide and map, giving you the low-down on First Friday downtown. This March, downtown brings you the best in art, photography, food, music and more. From Rock Valley Boutique’s first-ever art show, to the Fairbanks Rollergirls’ “Happily Ever Afterlife Zombie Prom” fundraiser downtown offers something for everyone! While the weather is expected to be 16F and sunny, make sure to bring a coat if you plan on walking between shows!
ART SHOW – Rock Valley Boutique
(511 2nd Ave) [5PM]
Debut First Friday event featuring the abstract landscapes of Trista Crass. Refreshments available with coffee service provided by River City Cafe and Espresso.
PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW – Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center
(101 Dunkel St) [5-8PM]
Photographs taken during summer 2013 along the John River in the Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve.
ART SHOW – If Only…a fine store
(215 Cushman) [5-8PM]
All Things Shiny: Featuring handcrafted sterling silver jewelry by Paul Wagner, designer and Jeff McKenzie, silversmith. Curated selections from the artists’ NorthCoast Collection include pendants, earrings, and rings. Many rings are sized for men and are suitable for wedding and friendship rings.
ART SHOW + FOOD – River City Cafe and Espresso
(523 2nd Ave.) [5-8PM]
Hosting Fairbanks artist and newspaper columnist, Ray Bonnell, on First Friday as he showcases his historical pen-&-ink drawings created during the past year.
ARTS + CRAFTS – Forget-Me-Not Books (517 Gaffney Rd.) [10AM-6PM]
LIVE MUSIC by Cold Steel Band – Co-Op Plaza
(535 2nd Ave.) [530-8PM]
BOOK SIGNING – Alaskana Raven
(Co-Op Plaza) [5-8PM]
Mary Shields, first woman to finish the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, will be signing books throughout the evening. Frosty-Frosty, one of her sled dogs, will be on hand. Or, rather, paw!
MOVIE EVENT – Jade Resale Boutique
(729 1st Ave) [5-9PM]
Hosting a reception in celebration of the film “Spirit of the Wind”, the story of “Huslia Hustler” George Attla.
DANCE EXHIBIT – Dance Theatre Fairbanks
(656 7th Ave) [5-8PM]
Enjoy the talents of our young artists as they prepare for the premiere of our original show “Yellow Brick Rd.” Tour our facility, the Edna Wise Firehouse Theatre and meet our staff and students. Light refreshments will be served. Family Friendly.
ART SHOW – Beads & Things
(537 2nd Ave.) [5-8 PM]
Hosting ivory carver Brian Kulik and beaders Scotty Dewilde and Celia Yoder.
ART SHOW – World Eskimo Indian Olympics
(corner of 4th & Cushman) [5-7:35]
Jewelry maker Wallace Joe will showcase his beaded and shelled creations, including chokers, necklaces, earrings and bracelets. His handmade jewelry is considered “traditional” in the Alaskan style.
First Friday Evening:
DANCING – Westmark Hotel
(813 Noble St.) [8PM-Midnight]
Come on out for an evening of fun and dancing in your zombie attire. Advance tickets available at Interior Graphics, Party Palace, and Team Cutters. This is a fundraiser for Fairbanks Rollergirls.
LIVE MUSIC by Sand Castle – McCafferty’s
(408 Cushman) [830-1030PM]
455 3rd Avenue, Suite 107, (907) 374-9003
Home of the $10 meal including one sandwich, a small side of your choice and a cold glass of iced tea. This brand new familyowned kitchen is happy to prepare vegan, kosher and gluten-free meals on request. Enjoy lunch in our open dining area or we’ll pack it to-go for a picnic in Golden Heart Plaza. You’ll love our four original waffles with custom toppings full of true “Belgian” flavor. Or pick from our mouthwatering made-toorder medley of fresh soups, salads and sandwiches. Find us at the corner of 3rd Avenue and Noble, with indoor parking available across the street at the Downtown Transportation Center. Our kitchen is seasoned with love!
Find Del Ray’s on Facebook.
Motorists traveling south on Noble Street have been watching the space in the northeast corner of the Northward Building slowly transform since September. First, the lights came on and relics of Chez World, its former occupant, were rearranged. Then new tables, chairs, and kitchen appliances were carted in from trucks parked on Noble St. Finally, menus written in neon pen on black marker boards were posted.
Earlier this week, Del Ray’s made its debut as the newest restaurant to open its doors in downtown Fairbanks.
Tiffanni Hatcher co-owns the sandwich shop with her husband and father. The name Del Ray’s comes from that of her father as well as her husband (both named Ray) and grandfather (Del), who passed away in July.
“My husband and I have been talking for years about starting something of our own. We wanted to do something we could pass on in our family,” Tiffanni says. “We’re very family-oriented.” Even Tiffanni’s children have been helping around the shop in the afternoon.
Perhaps because of their priority on family, Del Ray’s offers a kids menu along with sub sandwiches, garden salads, and homemade soups. A small sampling of baked goods and pastries are also available, including four different types of waffles. Your typical American “Belgian” waffle is a generic term that lumps many styles and flavors of waffle into one. Del Ray’s is bringing back the true distinctions between waffles by offering Brussels Waffles and Liege Waffles characterized by chunks of pearl sugar that caramelize within the waffle batter as it cooks on an iron. Del Ray’s also serves waffle boats and waffles on a stick, with or without toppings.
For lunch, customers can get a sandwich, 16 oz. drink, and a side of the day like pasta salad or deviled eggs for $10.00. Sandwiches include Meat Ball, Buffalo Chicken, Tuna Salad, Roast Beef, and Ham or Turkey with choice of toppings, spreads, and cheese. Bread is baked fresh daily. Homemade soups rotate daily but include Clam Chowder, Chicken & Dumplings, and Broccoli Cheese.
As Tiffanni and her family renovated Del Ray’s, they put careful consideration into the atmosphere of the space. Instead of cooking incognito, Tiffanni removed the walls dividing the cook/prep space from the dining area, creating the cozy impression that a friend is preparing a meal in their kitchen while carrying on a conversation and glancing at the latest hockey scores.
Tiffanni looks forward to years of putting family first and providing friendly service at Del Ray’s. She sees their proximity to several apartment complexes and residential districts as a major plus.
“We like this location- it’s close to the courthouse, right across the street from the parking garage, we have a lot of tenants, and will get foot traffic in the summer,” Tiffanni points out.
All orders can be take-out and Del Ray’s is happy to make special accommodations for kosher, gluten-free, lactose free, vegetarian, or other dietary preferences. The space is also available for parties, office lunches, and other group events.