The annual Downtown Paris Week begins Sunday in downtown churches and ends June 8 in the downtown city cemetery.

In between, there’s food, tours, exhibits, live music, sales, giveaways and more.

Sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association, this will be the seventh annual observance, according to DPA Executive Director Kathy Ray.

“We invite everyone to enjoy the fun of our historical downtown and to become a member of our association,” she said.

Worship Downtown Day is an opportunity to visit one of the six historic downtown churches for Sunday services. “Many of these have been in the downtown area since the mid-1800s,” Ray said.

“First Baptist, First Christian, First Methodist, First Presbyterian, Grace Episcopal and Quinn Chapel AME are cornerstones of our downtown and the perfect place to begin Downtown Paris Week,” she said.

Then on Monday it’s Dine Downtown Day — enjoy a meal at Uncle Billy’s Downtown Eatery, Take Me Back Cafe, Perry’s BBQ or LL’s Bar and Grill. Or you might simply enjoy coffee and snacks at Jack’s Java.

You can also register to win a prize from the DPA, then top off your meal with a little exercise and culture.

“Our Downtown Art Walk will be underway with a number of local artists displaying their work in various downtown shops,” Ray said.

Tuesday is Music on the Square Day and this year will bring American southern rock to the east side of the courthouse lawn with The Old Spirits.

“This will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and will also have Perry’s Barbecue on hand,” Ray said.

Get answers to questions you might have about downtown on Heritage Day Wednesday.

Local history buff Ray Harding invites locals and visitors to find out during a free, 45-minute walking tour. Simply meet on the corner of Market and Washington streets in front of Jack Jones Flowers at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Comfortable walking shoes are strongly suggested.

Songwriters on the Square will showcase several local musicians from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday.

“These artists will be singing songs they’ve penned, whether country, Americana, Christian or other,” Ray said.

The songwriters are from West Tennessee Players Resource (WTPR), which is named for the radio station WTPR that was in Paris for several decades.

Scheduled to perform are Alan Knowles, David Roberts, Chris Story, Paul Holtgrewe, Dave Holtgrewe, Brian McAdams and Ethan Torsak. Perry’s BBQ will again be selling barbecue, sides and drinks.

“Take the opportunity Friday to ‘tip your hat’ to all those who serve our community in government, whether city, county, state or federal,” Ray suggested.

The week winds up in a big way Saturday with Downtown Extra Value Days featuring special value sales in downtown stores.

Then, from 1-3 p.m., a Tales from the Crypt Tour is planned in the city cemetery at the east end of Ruff Street. For a $5 donation to the cemetery’s preservation fund, you can hear stories told by local historians.

The week concludes with the Paris-Henry County Arts Council’s presentation of Paris native Sammy Goldstein at the Krider Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. Tickets to hear the singer-pianist are $25.

For more information on the DPA, visit www.VisitDowntownParis.com or call 731-653-7274.

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