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Horse-drawn carriage rides are just one of the special events that will be part of First Friday, Nov. 2, in downtown Racine. The carriage rides will be available from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Monument Square, weather permitting.

You can spot sponsors by their festive official First Friday flag.

Downtown visitors to the Nov. 2 First Friday event can enjoy a cool beverage while they visit and enjoy the unique shops, galleries, restaurants and clubs that downtown Racine has to offer.

See a list of all of the sponsors who support First Friday events downtown.

At Uncorkt, 240 Main St, drink specials begin at 4 p.m. with glasses of wine, $5 each. Starting at 6 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Racine’s favorite dance band, Duosonic will play on the steps.

There will be free wine sampling from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the back of the store and the door between Uncorkt and Legacy on Main will be open for visitors to enjoy the delicious food next door. Come see why Uncorkt won the Best Wine Store in Racine County four years in a row!

The band Weird Science is at Indian Motorcycle of Racine & The Nash, 522 6th St., in Historic Downtown Racine Wisconsin from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Divino Gelato Café at 245 Main Street will be hold an Open Jam on from 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m.

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

 Lighthouse Gallery & Gifts, 306 Main St, will feature its premium line of sandstone coasters with photography by Scott D. Olsen on them. Also available are Bridgewater Candle Company’s Holiday candles and fragrance sachets. Stop in and wish Scott Olsen a Happy Birthday!

It’s never too early to start Christmas shopping. Now is the time to get those unique, one-of-a-kind, presents that can only be found at Twice Baked Pottery 320 Main St.. Whether it’s microwave apple bakers, bread bakers, egg bakers, or travel mugs, Twice Baked Pottery has something for everyone!

Pop in at Funky Hannah’s, 324 Main St., to check out demonstrations in hot glass bead making!  Be inspired to take a class and get thinking about all the cool gifts you can make for the holidays.

November is upon us. Let’s kick off the holiday season together. Come see us and mention this article and get 10 percent off a starter Kit or Mod. Vapemeisters at 420 Main St., Downtown Racine.

 Art Metals Studio. 332 Main St. will kick off the season with a November to Remember First Fridays wish list event. The items you list will have 10 percent off when someone comes shopping for you.

Don’t miss the annual one-night-only Studio Seconds Sale at Hot Shop Glass, 239 Wisconsin Ave.  Shopping starts at 5 p.m. sharp but come as early as 4 p.m. to watch artist demonstrations and get a number for entry into the sale room.  The backroom is filled with a years’ worth of ‘almost perfect’ blown glass pieces, priced at rock bottom prices.

Northern Lights Gallery and boutique, 423 Main has expanded its selection of QUDO – interchangeable jewelry that lets you change your look in seconds by simply twisting on a new stone! The gallery also has a new line of fun candles that are perfect for gifts. Each one has a sassy saying like “Stay Weird – As if You Had a Choice” on the jar.

Plumb Gold, 322 Main St., will have a trunk show featuring the wonderful earring designs of “Freeman Fine Jewelry.” Each pair of earrings is hand made in the mountains of Vermont by a husband and wife team. There are designs to suit every taste; from classic hoops to whimsical dangles.

Visitors enjoy free admission to RAM, 441 Main St., and extended hours from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on First Friday. Over the last few weeks, many of the light-sensitive artworks in the current exhibition series honoring collector Karen Johnson Boyd (1924-2016) have been replaced with other pieces she donated. Large and small-scale figurative works on paper have been traded out for large abstract compositions in Honoring Karen Johnson Boyd: A Multi-Dimensional Approach, which echoes both Mrs. Boyd’s and RAM’s approach to juxtaposing images and objects. In the

red moon, 334 Main St., will help you get an early start on holiday shopping. Receive a free bottle of Lavish brand jewelry cleaner with any opal jewelry purchase of $50 or more. We will have all of our latest designs on display for First Fridays from 4pm-9pm

Other First Friday’s sponsoring merchants include:

– Artist’s Gallery (401 Main Street)

Asiana Asian Restaurant (423 Sixth Street)

– Blue Rock Lounge (306 Sixth Street)

– Brickhouse (316 Main Street)

– Dewey’s (600 Main Street)

– Dover Flag (323 Main Street) CLOSED

EyeopenerZ (337 Main Street)

– Focus 21 Studios (345 Main Street)

– Ivanhoe Pub & Eatery (231 Main Street)
– Legacy on Main (240 Main Street)

– Lornacopia (310 Sixth Street)

– McAuliffe’s on the Square (213 Sixth Street)

– Mrs. Betty’s Kitchen (327 Main Street)

– Pepi’s Pub and Grill (618 Sixth Street)

Photographic Design Gallery & Framing (411 Sixth Street)

Pub on Wisconsin (525 Wisconsin Avenue)

– RG Natural Babies (430 Main Street)

– Racine Arts Council (409 Sixth Street)

– Racine Heritage Museum (701 Main Street)

– Reefpoint Marina (2 Christopher Columbus Causeway)

– Sheepish (326 Main Street)

– Sugar Shack Sweet Shoppe (530 Monument Square)

– Tangles Salon Studio (304 Main Street)

Spend an evening with friends and family enjoying downtown: the BEST of Racine.  Visit the website for information about the latest happenings, and links to your favorite spots downtown.

Rex Davenport is a reporter, editor and editorial project manager with more than 40 years of experience in newspaper, business magazines and other content channels.