It's Final Friday time this week and there are some changes to the schedule that will see extra activities and a grand opening.

The Boot Hill Museum will be launching their brand new Smithsonian Water Ways exhibit that will run through Nov. 11.

"It is a traveling exhibit with stories on water usage," Boot Hill Museum marketing manager Laura Tawater said. "It will feature local stories about the old flood in Dodge City and other water stories.

"There will also be a companion exhibit, the Latino Pilot Project, about the Old Mexican Village and will feature people from the village that have been interviewed by the museum as well as singing from local singer Andrea Luna."

The Water Ways exhibit is one of seven in the state of Kansas that is being displayed by the Smithsonian Institute.

It will be on display starting Friday and will run until Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The Kansas Humanities Council, Museum on Main Street and Mariah Fund were partners with bringing in the exhibit.

"It has been in the works for awhile at the Hill," Tawater said.

The Final Friday kick off reception for the exhibit along with a ribbon cutting will be from 5 to 7 p.m.

There will also be Mexican food and sangria available for the Latino Pilot Project.

The Final Friday and exhibit will be free to the public throughout it's run in Dodge City.

The Carnegie Art Center will also be holding Final Friday activities from 5 to 7 p.m. with featured artist Summer Snodgrass-Bates.

Bates will have on display a variety of acrylic and oil abstract drawings among others.

Bates is also on the board of directors for the Dodge City Area Arts Council.

There will be wine, beer and refreshments served.

Also from 5 to 7 p.m. will be activities and food available at Eryn's Downtown Center with the Trail of Fame Museum open with refreshments and live music.

Boot Hill Antiques and Marisco's Restaurant will also have refreshments and items available.

Rounding out the 5 to 7 p.m. activities will be Flowers By Irene that will have a fall theme.

"We're going with a pecan theme this Friday," Flowers by Irene owner Lisa Jackson said. "We will be serving a pecan pie cocktail and pecan praline pie bars."

From 6 to 8 p.m. will be the 2nd Ave. Art Guild event with featured artist Darleen Clifton Smith.

"Darleen has a B.S. in art education from Columbus State University, Columbus, Georgia and an MA in historic administration and museum studies," Jennifer Nolan with the 2nd Ave. Art Guild said. "Darleen currently teaches drawing and painting at Dodge City High School.

"Her work is a combination of prismacolor, India ink, graphite and pastel.

"She is attracted to subjects such as landscapes and the human figure. In addition, she has created Christmas drawings each year for auction at Carnegie Center for the Arts and the Depot Theater Company."

The new addition to the Final Friday lineup is the West Coast Plaza that will feature the businesses of West Coast Martial Arts, The Color Bar, Martinez Sewing, Gala's, and a massage owner that will present information about the businesses, a fashion show and will include treats and wine.

The West Coast Plaza activities will also run from 6 to 8 p.m. and is located near 2nd Avenue and Gunsmoke Street.

It will be trivia night at the Depot Theater from 7 to 9 p.m. as Jennifer Vierthaler will be hosting the event that will be running along side the production of the Depot Theater's Dearly Departed.

From 7 to 10 p.m. will be the Boot Hill Distillery hosting the live music of John and Connie Chavez playing on the back patio of the distillery.

Cocktails and refreshments will also be available.

Guymon Petro will return to the Final Friday from 9 to 11 p.m. with a special of half price appetizers, $3 well drinks, $4 Jack Daniels; Crown Royal and Maker's Mark whiskey available and will feature live music.

Boot Hill Casino and Resort will host their Live at the Longhorn concert from 8 to 11 p.m. with the music of Buckner Creek Band playing.

After taking a month off, the Dodge City Trolley will be returning to be able to pick up and drop off attendees throughout the Final Friday activities from 5 to 11 p.m.

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