On June 1st, First Friday’s® Downtown Racine Kicks off the Summer Season with Fabulous Weather and Downtown Merchant Specials

On June 1’st, join Racine’s downtown merchants and thousands of your neighbors for the 1st First Fridays of the summer. We will have The Dillweeds performing at Monument Square and Fourcast at Crosswalk Park, both from 6-9 PM. We continue the horse-drawn Carriage rides from Monument Square from 5-9 PM, weather permitting.

Join all the First Friday’s Sponsor downtown merchants as they welcome you to shop local 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!

Kick off the summer shopping season with these specials that your friendly First Friday Sponsor Merchants have in store for you:

Funky Hannah’s, 324 Main Street, has creative fun in store for the summer months and it’s debuted at First Friday!  Stop in and see samples of our great ‘make it’ projects!  Perfect for an afternoon project to take home, or book a fun day or evening with us in our workshop!  Get a group of friends or family together and have a blast creating!  We’ll be demonstrations all night long!

Don’t miss a visit to Hot Shop Glass, 239 Wisconsin Avenue, to see the latest adventures in glass from Dan, Amanda & Margaret’s trip to Murano, Italy!  Watch a great slideshow from their experience at the Glass Art Society conference in Italy and be mesmerized as they demonstrate their passion for working with 2000º molten glass, turning it into art right before your eyes!  And hey, wouldn’t your Dad like to try it? Pick up a gift certificate for him for Father’s Day, it’s just around the corner.

At Dewey’s, 600 Main Street, this First Friday, we’re featuring our Friday Fish Fry: $10.95 Cod and $12.95 Perch, Walleye, or Bluegill. Happy Hour runs form 2-6pm

Main Street General Store, 302 Main Street, offers you Americana, Farm, North Woods and Porch celebration in red, white and blue to be true to our heritage. Come in and view our table dressings, pillows, candles, baskets, wine glasses, serving pieces, and lots more for summertime entertaining. We’ll be hosting a “how to set your table” demonstration whether your affair is formal, outdoors, party themed. child oriented or simply a neighborhood gathering. That’s what it’s all about: togetherness and celebration from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Let’s enjoy our (finally!!!) warm atmosphere, friendship. environs, camaraderie and good times from now until the leaves turn to the color of our hair!!!

Uncorkt, 240 Main Street, is the place to be on First Friday, June 1st. Our drink specials begin at 4:00 pm. with glasses of wine, only $5 and $2 Miller Lite and $3 Spotted Cow. Starting at 6:00 pm. until 10:00 pm. we have a FAN favorite the Gary T. Ricchio Project. Uncorkt also has free wine sampling from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Come see why Uncorkt won the 2015, 2016 and 2017 the best wine store in Racine County!

Lighthouse Gallery & Gifts, 306 Main Street, will be featuring a demonstration by fused glass artist Barbara Maller from 4:30 to 7:30pm. Barbara will be sharing the basics of fusing glass, demonstrating some fused glass techniques, and debuting new pieces in her collection.

red moon, 334 Main Street, will be offering a tasting of our newest hot sauce from 6pm-9pm. Stop in and try slow cooked, handcrafted Formosa Hot Sauces from San Jose, California.

It is time for the Annual Flag Sale at Dover Flag & Map, 323 Main Street!  All U.S. flags are on sale 20% off starting June 1 through Flag Day, June 14.  Stop in and get your Red, White and Blue!  Show your patriotic pride and fly the U.S. flag.

The Ivanhoe Pub & Eatery, 231 Main Street, will be featuring our traditional fish fry starting at 4 pm.

The Brickhouse, 316 Main Street, we will be dancing along with Duosonic from 8-midnight.  Along with our Moscow Mule special.  Buy one Moscow Mule for $8 or buy our $15 mule cup and get refills for $5 until 9 pm.

Join us at Northern Lights Gallery, 423 Main Street for First Friday on June 1st. Be sure to check out our sterling silver and gemstone jewelry at 20% off for a limited time only, along with unique home decor, art, boutique fashion and much more. Stop in and enjoy the friendly and welcoming atmosphere we’re known for!

Visitors enjoy free RAM, 441 Main Street, admission and extended hours from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm on Friday, June 1. 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. Also, view artworks new to RAM since the donation of over 200 polymer pieces in Polymer Art: Recent Acquisitions. Beer and wine will be available for purchase during evening hours. Drawing inspiration from RAM’s current exhibitions, create art about nature during the free family hands-on art project, 4:00 – 8:00 pm. Stop in the Museum Store for great sales and receive a free Chihuly poster with any purchase over $20.

Racine Arts Council, 409 Sixth Street – Now on display: 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. The artist will be in attendance during First Fridays, June 1st from 6-9:00 PM to discuss his artwork and techniques. Chaos and Order will runs May 4, 2018 through June 1, 2018.

Come explore the circus in Racine through the featured exhibit “The Greatest Show: The Little Known Story of Racine and the Circus” at the Racine Heritage Museum, located at 701 Main Street, during June First Fridays. Racine native Dan Castello and his partner W.C. Coup of Delavan were some of the first to use special railroad cars for their traveling circus in the 1860s – 20 years before the Ringling Brothers. Come see circus posters, photographs and more related to Racine’s rich circus history spanning over 100 years. RHM is open until 8pm on First Fridays and admission is free.

Vapemeisters, 420 Main Street, 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!

Other First Friday’s sponsoring merchants include:

  • Art Metals Studio (332 Main Street)
  • Artists Gallery (401 Main Street)
  • Asiana Restaurant (423 Sixth Street)
  • Blue Rock Lounge (306 Sixth Street)
  • Dimple’s Imports (416 Main Street)
  • Divino Gelato Café (245 Main Street)
  • Indian Motorcycle of Racine (522 Sixth Street)
  • Little Glass Bird Artful Objects (232 Main Street)
  • Lornacopia (310 Sixth Street)
  • The Nash Restaurant (522 Sixth Street)
  • Pepi’s Pub and Grill (618 Sixth Street)
  • Photographic Design Gallery & Framing (411 Sixth Street)
  • Plumb Gold (322 Main Street)
  • RG Natural Babies (430 Main Street)
  • Sheepish (326 Main Street)
  • Sugar Shack (530 Monument Square)
  • Tangles Salon Studio (304 Main Street)
  • Twice Baked Pottery (320 Main Street)

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, and links to your favorite spots downtown.

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Tony Bigonia