On the first Friday of every month, the folks from Main Street Delaware plan an evening event designed to get people to come to the downtown area.

On the first Friday of every month, the folks from Main Street Delaware plan an evening event designed to get people to come to the downtown area.

On June 5, the focus shifts upward when the upper floors of several of the downtown buildings will be open for tours.

"Ever wonder what's upstairs, downstairs, or in some of the other off-limits areas of downtown Delaware's historic buildings? Join Main Street Delaware ... when the organization unhooks the velvet rope and invites you inside to explore the city's past," wrote spokesman Cole Hatcher in a press release for the event.

The 2009 Artful Spaces in Downtown Places tour will feature seven sites not usually open to the public, he said. Tickets are $10 per person, with children 12 and under admitted free.

Locations included on this year's self-guided tour are at 6 S. Sandusky St., 5 E. Winter St., 38 E. Winter St. and 23 N. Sandusky St. All areas will have on-site hosts to share details about the locations.

Tour locations will be open to ticket-holders from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on June 5, during Main Street Delaware's monthly First Friday celebration. All proceeds from ticket sales will support efforts to preserve and promote Delaware's historic downtown.

In addition to the Artful Spaces tour, June's First Friday will feature a Paint-the-Town-Purple theme in recognition of Delaware's June 19 Relay for Life to support the American Cancer Society. This year's relay will be held at Ohio Wesleyan University's Selby Field, 45 S. Henry St. Special luminaries to honor those whose lives have been touched by cancer can be purchased during First Friday.

The First Friday event will include free children's activities and extended shopping and dining hours for everyone.

Youngsters will be invited to make all of downtown Delaware an "artful space" by decorating the sidewalks with original chalk drawings, Hatcher said. Several regional artists will display and sell their wares,. Free gallery exhibits will be available throughout the downtown.

Tickets for the historic building tour will be available on the night of the event or in advance from Simple Indulgences, 31 N. Sandusky St.; (Not on the) Corner Framing & Gallery, 27 N. Sandusky St.; and Beehive Books, 25 N. Sandusky St.

-- By Candace Preston-Coy