As the number of vaccinated goes up and things begin to return to normal people are beginning to look for ways to get out and socialize. One way to do that is to stroll around Wetumpka's First Friday Artwalk.

Now in its second year, the Artwalk kicked of in April and continues on the first Friday of each month. Visitors can stroll around and browse quality artwork from local artists including paintings, sculpture and even take in some live music and performance art.

"It is a great way see friends, meet new people and enjoy the artwork. Not to mention picking up that perfect piece for the spot on your wall," said Don Sawyer, organizer of the Artwalk.

The recent visit from Hometown Takeover has sparked new interest especially in Wetumpka's downtown area. Company Street is closed to traffic for the Artwalk allowing visitors to safely stroll the midway, within sight of the river, and enjoy themselves.

Sawyer says he sees Wetumpka's ticket to future prosperity in catering to cultural tourists and hospitality as opposed to heavy industry and he sees cultural events like the Artwork as a contribution to that.

"We don't have the interstate right next to the town. Our future is not going to be in heavy industry, it is going to be in cultural experiences. Our event is already big, but we want to continue to draw in people from around the region and the country and give them an opportunity to appreciate what we have to offer," Sawyer said.

The Artwalk runs from 4pm - 8pm on the first Friday of the month. More than two dozen artists will have their work on display and available for purchase.