Celebrate “Star Wars® Day,” May the 4th with friends, family and friendly, and (possibly very oddly-dressed) strangers in beautiful and historic Downtown Racine. Power trio RAR will be performing at Monument Square from 6-9 PM and we begin the horse-drawn Carriage rides from Monument Square, weather permitting.

Join all the First Friday’s Sponsor downtown merchants as they welcome you to shop local, dine & discover the best Racine has to offer: Downtown! Come early & stay late!

Please help support our First Friday Sponsors, listed on our website at http://firstfridaysracine.com/ or recognize them by their festive official Fridays Flag!

Here are a few of the happenings your friendly First Friday Sponsor Merchants have in store for you this coming First Fridays. And, May the 4th be with you:

Let the gals at Funky Hannah’s, 324 Main Street, show you how easy it is to make your own jewelry.  Want to get started on your own creative adventure?  See how easy it is to make your own earrings with the amazing array of beads in our shop.  On staff artisans will offer demonstrations from 4-9pm.  Be inspired by the latest in class offerings through June and enter to win a spot for two in one of our upcoming classes.  You can bring your mom.

Lighthouse Gallery & Gifts, 306 Main Street – May the Fourth be with you!!  Come celebrate our one year anniversary downtown! Our artists and vendors have lots of new treasures to shop, and we have anniversary specials too!  Be sure to get that special Mother’s Day gift from our unique selections!

Racine Arts Council, 409 Sixth Street – Opening reception for Chaos and Order, an exhibition of new works by abstract artist Blase E. Masini. Chaos and Order is a collection of paintings that uses cold wax medium to create rich organic surfaces. The artist uses stencils and collage to introduce form. The painting process holds a constant tension between chaos and order. Chaos and Order will run from May 4, 2018 through June 2, 2018. Opening reception during First Fridays, May 4th, 6-9:00 PM.

little glass bird. artful objects. would like to welcome all to come visit our gallery this Friday the “First Friday” of May.  Original art by a variety of artists from all over.

May the Fourth Be With You at Uncorkt, 240 Main Street. No Jedi mind tricks here when we say we have the best specials at Uncorkt for this First Friday: $5 glasses of featured wines; FREE samples of wine in the back of the store from 6-8pm; NO CORKING FEES on bottles of wine; plus bottles of beer will be available at the bar at special prices. This First Friday we have “Racine’s Favorite Dance Band” Duo Sonic at Uncorkt from 6-10pm! Come see why Uncorkt is the “Best Wine Store” in Racine County!

Divino Gelato will be hosting “Open Jam Night” from 6-9 PM.

Hot Shop Glass, 239 Wisconsin Avenue, welcomes First Friday visitors to the studio to watch artists turn 2000º molten glass into art right before your eyes— from 4-8:30pm.  Shop their lovely gallery of  hand blown glass created by local artists or pick up a gift certificate for one of their fun workshops – a great Mother’s Day gift.

Vapemeisters, 420 Main St, Downtown Racine. Vapemeisters First Friday Special, 10% off all mods and starter kits. Stop in and try out the flavor tasting bar with over 120 vape flavors!

Greet and meet your neighborhood Main Street General Store proprietors who welcome you with coffee, tea and cocoa tastings in a unique setting of 20 ft. ceilings, hardwood floors, exposed brick walls and vintage lighting. We feature home goods, seasonal items, farm, Americana, and North Woods items, alongside table gear, kitchen gadgets and a special collection of sprightly dishtowels. Come join us for some old fashioned fun…

For May 4th First Friday Pepis will have Third Space Brewing in for a Tap takeover and we will be featuring 4 of their beers on tap including a barrel aged barleywine. There will also be raffles and beer samples.

Join us at Northern Lights Gallery, 423 Main Street for First Friday on May 4th. New in: boutique fashion, home accents, wall art, jewelry, and more unique finds you won’t see anywhere else. Including interchangeable jewelry line QUDO. Simply twist stones on and off to switch looks in seconds. Stop by and try some on! We’re known for our friendly and welcoming atmosphere and we’d love to see your smiling faces!

Enhance your shopping experience by listening to soft rock rhythm and blues and Timeless favorites by solo singer guitarist Bob Treml 6 to 9 p.m. at Dimples. From necklaces to rings to bracelets, you can cross off everything on your jewelry list at Dimples Fine Imports, 416 Main St.

Bring your friends to the popular Nano Bug Races at Dover Flag & Map, 323 Main Street.  Cheer your favorite color bug on to victory and win an exciting prize!  Enter your name to win your own Nano Bug Habitat set.  Be sure to check out the Jigsaw Puzzle Lending Library at the front of the shop.  Plan your next vacation getaway as you browse maps from all the warm & exotic locations – like Tuscany, Costa Rica . . . or Kenosha!

Wedding season is approaching! Now’s the time to pick up those wedding and shower gifts for all of your friends and family. Twice Baked Pottery (320 Main St.) is now featuring new products including travel mugs and microwave bacon cookers. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Visitors enjoy free RAM admission and extended hours from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm on Friday, May 4. This weekend is your last chance to see the power of the written word in Text Message: Words and Letters in Contemporary Art. Take a look at creatures that are wild, dangerous, or less familiar in Beasts: Wild Animals in RAM’s Collection. And, explore small-scale craft from artists with Japanese heritage in  Japanese Studio Craft at RAM. Beer and wine will be available for purchase during evening hours.

Drawing inspiration from RAM’s current exhibition, Polymer Art: Recent Acquisitions, create art with polymer during the free family hands-on art project, 4:00 – 8:00 pm.

Remember Mom with a beautiful pair of earrings, a bracelet, or a brooch. In celebration of RAM’s 15th Anniversary, all jewelry is 15% off in the Museum Store on Friday, May 4. The Store will also gift wrap your Mother’s Day gift for free. Bonus, the fabulous $2 book sale continues.

Other First Friday’s sponsoring merchants include: Sugar Shack Sweet Shoppe (530 Monument Sq.), and Photographic Design Gallery & Framing (411 Main St.), RG Natural Babies, 430 Main St., At Art Metals Studio, 332 Main Street, red moon, 334 Main Street,

Power trio RAR, will be performing at Monument Square from 6-9

Spend an evening with friends and family enjoying downtown: the BEST of Racine. Visit our website (FirstFridaysRacine.com)www.firstfridaysracine.com for information about the latest happenings, in store specials and links to your favorite spots downtown.

Tony Bigonia
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