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Tallahassee's Railroad Square Art Park will host its first Family Day event on Black Friday

Two men and two women stand in front of a podium in front of a multicolored building.
Tom Flanigan
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Railroad Square Co-owner Lily Boynton Kaye speaks during the Family Day announcement. Behind her are (l. to r.): Kriss Vallese from First Commerce Credit Union, an event sponsor; Tallahassee City Commissioner Curtis Richardson and Leon County Commissioner Brian Welch.

Black Friday is Family Day at Tallahassee's Railroad Square Art Park. The quirky collection of shops, eateries and artist spaces will host a community celebration the day after Thanksgiving.

City and County officials, like County Commissioner Brian Welch, were at the announcement.

"Family Day recognizes and celebrates togetherness as well as family diversity. I'm proud to say that our community is home to the first Family Day holiday in the state of Florida," he said.

Southside advocate and event planner Cristic Henry said there'd be nonstop entertainment, fun activities, and shopping opportunities.

"This is all about empowering communities through love and commerce."

Crum Box Gastgarden owner Pete Evarts is among the 25 Park tenants who'll be inviting that commerce.

"What better place to do that than Railroad Square Art Park and keep that money local in our community."

The Square's co-owner Lily Boynton Kaye said the event, supported by City and County governments as well as private sector sponsors, shows how important the Park has become to the city's business and entertainment scene.

"Railroad Square has been continuing to grow and become more of a destination. It's a tourist destination and a top destination mentioned by writers who come to Tallahassee. I think this is reflective of the growth and increased awareness of Railroad Square."

Friday's Family Day happens between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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