Women flock to Ladies Night Out

Jacque Hartwig checked out a stained-glass sun catcher during the Ladies Night Out event on Thursday, May 2. The group who made the sun catchers is made up of (sitting, from left) Annette Stavos, Mary King, (not pictured) Kacie Andrews and Maureen Gunderson). The group works on the hanging art Monday nights and sells the items at the Arts and Heritage Center. (Wade Young Photo)


Montgomery’s commercial  and home-based businesses  kept busy Thursday, May 2, with the annual Ladies Night Out event. 
The evening, sponsored by the Arts and Heritage Center, gave women the opportunity to win prizes, check out both new and longtime shops, and scoop up one-night-only discounts, freebies, complimentary snacks and beverages at more than 45 participating retailers and vendors.
The event takes place in the downtown district every fall. However, last year, organizers moved the event to April 18 this year. A spring snow storm cancelled that date and moved it last Thursday. 
The theme was “Hats Off To You!”, and many women participated wearing a hat.
Judy David and her sister-in-law Marlene Viskocil were two of the LNO participants. When they ended the night at the American Legion Club to shop the home-based businesses, the two said the event was fun and that they had received a lot of things.
“The businesses gave us a lot of stuff. We were surprised at a lot of the give-aways,” David said.  
The event had participants who started at the Arts and Heritage Center, receiving their shopping bags before going to the local businesses for the freebies and merchandise sales. For every $5 the women spent, they received coupons that they used to bid on gifts at the end of the night. More coupons meant better chances to receive the gift they wanted.
Twenty-three local businesses participated, and 25 home-based businesses sold their wares at the American Legion, CornerStone State Bank, Arts and Heritage Center and KR Monty Bar and Hotel.
One of the event organizers, Maureen Gunderson, reported that the event had  more than 105 ladies participate. 
“We were pleased with the turn out due to the rescheduling and the weather,” she said. “We know there were some other things going on May 2 also. The important thing is those who attended had a good time and the feedback we have been getting is very positive.We were happy and grateful to have 44 local and home-based businesses help to make the evening a success.”