PRINCETON — “Well, it’s a Girls Night Out!
Honey, there ain’t no doubt;
I’m gonna dance every dance ‘til the boys go home.
Well, it’s my night to rock.
No watchin’ that ol’ clock.
Oh, ain’t no doubt, Lordy, it’s a Girls Night Out!”
When the popular country music duo, The Judds, sang the song “Girls Night Out,” one has to wonder if they had the also popular Princeton Chamber of Commerce event in mind.
Fun, shopping and lots of memories are ready to be had at the third annual Girls’ Nite Out, sponsored by the Princeton Chamber of Commerce. The event is set from 3 to 8 p.m. on Friday.
“The Girls’ Nite Out event is geared toward ladies of all ages, however, their male counterparts are welcome and encouraged to participate,” said Kim Frey, Princeton Chamber of Commerce executive director.
Frey said participants should begin the night by registering at the Prouty Building on Princeton’s South Main Street before they begin their shopping excursions. Upon registration and a $5 participation fee, each participant will be given a list of businesses that are participating in the event, a special fun gift, and details on how they can win a $500 Chamber gift certificate.
After that, shoppers are on their own to explore the South and North end shopping districts. Free transportation will be provided between the districts.
Frey said many of the businesses are offering refreshments, specials and cost-saving opportunities exclusively for Girls’ Nite Out participants. The event will not only be a fun time, but it will also be an opportunity for shoppers to start thinking about the upcoming holiday season and perhaps, even make some purchases that will end up under the Christmas tree.
Other special features at the event will include a photo booth, live music in front of the Prouty Building and more. A new feature of Girls’ Nite Out this year is the opportunity to write out a wish list for the upcoming holidays. The Princeton Chamber will then deliver those wish lists to the designated person of choice.
“This is going to be a really fun evening, and of course, it’s a way to keep our dollars local,” said Frey. “As in the past, Girls’ Nite Out is a fun-filled activity where ladies can not only do some great shopping but also make some fun memories with their family and friends.”
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Saturday 10 a.m. City-County Park opens. 11 a.m. Ladies’ Period Fashion Show in the shelter. Also, the 20th Indiana: One regiment's view of the war in the Tall Trees stage. 11:30 a.m. Battle of Antietam Medical Scenario with Clara Barton at the Tall Trees stage. Noon. Recruitment session for children, 17th Corps Field Hospital. 1 p.m. Grand Entrance of President and Mrs. Lincoln and Lincoln presentations/parade. 1:15 p.m. Lincoln address, press conference, Lincoln look-a-like judging at main shelter. 2 p.m. Ol’ Man River Band at main shelter; Civil War children's program at Tall Tree stage. 3 p.m. Battle re-enactment on the battlefield. 4 p.m. Medical scenarios after battle at the campsites. 4:30 p.m. Baked goods auction at the Tall Trees stage. 5:30 p.m. Illinois Women in the Civil War at main shelter; children’s tour with Clara Barton at Tall Trees stage. 7 p.m. Period dance at the shelter. TBA: Candlelight tours. 9 p.m. Park closes. Sunday 9 a.m. Non-denominational church service at the shelter. 10:30 a.m. Illinois Women in the Civil War at main shelter. 11 a.m. Battle of Antietam Medical Scenario with Clara Barton at Tall Trees stage; recruitment session for children at 17th Corps field hospital. 11:30 a.m. Grand entrance of President and Mrs. Lincoln, parade. Noon. Lincoln address, press conference, Lincoln look-a-like judging at main shelter. 1 p.m. Ol’ Man River Band at main shelter; Civil War children’s program at Tall Trees stage. 2 p.m. Battle re-enactment followed by battalion parade and review. 3 p.m. Medical scenarios after battle at camp sites. 4 p.m. Park closes.