SOMERVILLE, NJ  - Girls' Night Out in Downtown Somerville might start out a little bit soggy, but the Accu-Weather  forecast for late Thursday afternoon and early evening is cause for optimism – 50 percent chance of rain in the afternoon, maybe ending by  6 p.m.

Regardless,  the long-awaited event is advertised as a rain or shine affair, and there will be more than 50 merchants and restaurants happy to  offer refuge from any inclement weather that might try and interfere.

Scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. and last through 10 p.m., organizers have a bevy of activities and opportunities lined up for hundreds of women expected to descend on Downtown Somerville for the annual event.

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Registration will be on the Division Street pedestrian mall,  where maps, itineraries, brochures, discount coupons and gift certificates will be distributed along with gift bags for those who are pre-registered. Tickets at $20 will be available for those who did not sign up in advance.

From the Downtown Somerville Alliance website:

“Think about it: you'll have the opportunity to learn to design flowers like a pro with Marie Danielle Vil-Young from A Votre Service Events, whose work has been featured in New York Magazine Weddings and Weddings by the Ritz-Carlton.

“You'll get exclusive access to the newest summer styles at designer trunk shows held by Shades of Somerville. You can stop in for a free mini "strawberries and champagne" cupcake at Blue Sheep Bake Shop (they go fast). You can bring in that not-so-awesome shirt a guy in your life wears all the time (or a picture of it) to Evolve Clothing Gallery, and a professional stylist will help you replace it with something you'll both love (and with savings, to boot).  That's just the beginning, over 50 businesses can't wait to share really special experiences with you.

“Then there's the entertainment and prizes inspired by that fun-loving, bold personality of yours. Ever felt like somebody has read your mind or given you uncanny and empowering insight into your life? That's what the mentalist and the fortune-teller to the stars are here for. There's the personalized gift. The limo rides and red carpet photo booth. Top it all off with a grand prize designed by Downtown Somerville experts to enhance your life and revitalize your spirit. It's worth well over $1,000! 

“You'll have so much fun that you'll need a snack. Luckily, you can grab a specially priced signature Flamingo Flocktail (and accompanying party lei) at Fresh Tiki Bar, a meal at Savor with a complimentary appetizer, specials on guacamole made fresh right at your table at Casa Luna, or tons of other offers from your favorite Downtown Somerville restaurants and bars.  

“Best of all, you can feel great about living it up for a night. A portion of each ticket goes to Safe+Sound Somerset, a local charity devoted to ending the cycle of domestic abuse.

“Amazing food and specials on your favorite drinks? Of course. There might be a cupcake or two along the way as well. When you arrive at this year’s Girls’ Night Out in Downtown Somerville, it’ll feel like somebody read your mind. Like, literally.

“There’s an actual mind-reader.

“Vibe to live music at Gallery on Main. Catch a limo to Revive Consignments, Casa Luna Mexican, and Candyland Crafts. Explore mini-wine tastings at VintEDGE wines and spirits. Be amazed by a reading from a fortune-teller to the stars (ask Vera Wang just how amazing she is). Enjoy food and drink specials at your favorite restaurants throughout the downtown. Stroll through the Design Studio’s "living portfolio" and transform your home. Top it off with a red carpet photo booth to help you remember the night forever. Believe it or not, that’s just scratching the surface!

“Oh, and don't forget the inspirational grand prize full of Downtown Somerville magic. It's valued at over $1,000 dollars and includes:

·      A collection of personalized elements from The Design Studio of Somerville hand-selected to enhance your lifestyle

·      A cut and style or single process color from Jade Salon so you can confidently greet the summer

·      A dress from Jean Ralph Thurin designed to make you feel wonderfully bold on an evening out

·      A portrait photography shoot from Hellion Photograpghy so your best face is always forward

·      A month of training and counseling from Bodhi so your body stays as strong as your spirit

·      A 30 minute chair massage from One Touch Therapeutic Massage to restore your sparkle

·      A dessert of your dreams from Blue Sheep Bake Shop with plenty more to share.”

Get pampered at any number of salons; get a tattoo; get advice from fashion and design consultants; get a massage; design make your own floral arrangement;  stop and have a signature cocktail and take the time to dine out at any number of Downtown Somerville’s top-rated restaurants.

Looking ahead, you might want to take the day off Friday.