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First Fridays will be held Aug. 7 and will feature a variety of events and music in downtown Racine. The following music acts will be held from 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Paul Harris Plaza — Family Power Music
  • Monument Square — Back to Maryland
  • Crosswalk Park — Mark Paffrath
According to the Downtown Racine Corp., area downtown businesses will offer specials on drinks and food, and feature music and artists, including: Vero International Cuisine, 211 6th Street — stop in and enjoy an evening of fine food, great wines and outstanding desserts in a serene and intimate setting.  Vero International will be offereing $1 off all beer and wine and $2 off all small plates during First Fridaysfrom 5 – 7 p.m. Photographic Design Gallery & Framing, 411 6th Street — Stop in to see the beautiful glasswork of Connor O’Brian.  Connor has studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, among other places, and does outstanding work that you will certainly want to see.  Connor’s work will be on display until August 31st.  Hours are noon to 9 p.m. with an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Henry & Wanda’s, 501 6th Street — Great Food – Great Service – Great Music Celebrated food, perfectly mixed drinks and award winning entertainment.  Enjoy a $7 Martini Special.  Join them for dinner featuring an upscale interpretation of classic American dishes served in an elegant relaxed atmosphere.  Dinner is served TuesdaySaturday until 9 p.m. and until 10 p.m. on the weekends!  Enjoy live bands every Fridayand Saturday from 8 p.m. until midnight.  Winner of Best Place for Live Music 2014.     This First Fridays the Ivanhoe Pub & Eatery (231 Main Street) is the place you will want to be.  As usual, the Ivanhoe will be serving their wonderful fish fry which includes their normal Guinness fish ‘n chips, but also includes a nice perch or walleye entree.  Also, they have teamed up with the Carriage House Liquor Co. (220 State Street) and envi ultra lounge (316 Main Street) and will be giving out Bermuda Ice Cards.  Those that take their Bermuda Ice Cards to all three locations will receive a reward at the final destination. Twice Baked Pottery, LLC, 320 Main Street — Stop in and see the unveiling of new and exciting products:  Yarn Bowls, French Butter Keeps, Stemless Wine Glasses, Pitchers and much more! Plumb Gold Ltd., 322 Main Street — featuring beautiful new designs by Maevona. Inspired by nature, Maeve Gillies has created a sophisticated collection of jewelry that is original with a nod to tradition.  Come in and see these inspiring and innovative, not to mention award winning, works of jewelry art this First Fridays. Dover Flag & Map, 323 Main Street — The folks at Dover Flag & Map want to tell you to Go Fly a Kite!  There is a great selection of kites in stock, from small easy flyers to two-line stunt kites.  Stop in to see the fun and colorful designs.  Want to spiff up your outdoor living areas?  Be sure to check out all the windsocks, yard spinners and decorative banners.  Make a point to show off your best Silly Walk as you visit this exciting shop. Funky Hannah’s Beads & Art, 324 Main Street — See how easy it is to make your own designer jewelry!  Demonstrations from 4 – 9 p.m.  See their featured projects and enter to win a free class! Art Metals Studio, 332 Main Street —  Art Metals Studio is brightening up your FirstFridays with Peridot (August’s birthstone).  See this beautiful bright green “Gem of the Sun” for yourself! They’ll be showcasing handmade Peridot Jewelry along with their collection of gemstones.  And of course, because it’s First Fridays, there will be refreshments and desserts available for sampling. Seebecks, 402 Main Street — Seebecks will be welcoming metal artist Jody Emery as their August Artist of the Month with an opening reception on First Fridays.  In her work, she explores using metal scrap to compose ideas of opposing states from moving together to moving apart. One of the recurring shapes in her designs is the spiral.  She uses it to express the shape and feel of forces in nature.  Enjoy a free event and see her eye catching 3-dimensional work in person.  Jody’s work will be on display from August 7 – 31st
Artists Gallery, 401 Main Street —  kicks off its popular 10×10 Silent Auction.  Artist members create original works.  Stop by to make your bid then return often to see if someone out bid you.  The auction ends October 2nd at 9 p.m.  Also in the gallery this month are works of Gyotaku [fish(gyo) rubbings(taku)] by artist of the month Craig Miller. Want to see what an artist can create by rubbing a fish?  Stop by and see the results. And, if you’re a lighthouse fan, you’ll have to see their collection of works on paper or canvass of lighthouses created by their members.
Copacetic, 409 Main Street — your go-to place for summer protection from the sun. They have a wide variety of colorful brims for the ladies and a deep selection of sizes for the men.  Most of the hats are packable for your vacation travels.  For First Fridays only, Copecetic will be offering 50% off all their in-stock Sunday Afternoon long sleeve shirts and blouses.  These shirts offer the maximum protection from the sun and are cooler than cotton.  Look good feel happy. RG Natural Babies, 430 Main Street —  Toys for all ages.  Stop by and take advantage of their summer savings sales:  beach toys, swim gear and summer clothes are all marked down for the season.  Plus, get a free gift with every purchase over $50 for First Fridays! RAM, 441 Main Street —   At RAM, enjoy free museum admission and extended hours onFirst Fridays from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm. See the newest exhibitions: Contemporary Glass at RAM: The Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser Collection, which celebrates a gift of 65 glass pieces donated to the museum by Los Angeles collectors, and Joan Backes: Falling Leaves and Painted Branches, opening in RAM’s Windows on Fifth Gallery. Meet the artist Joan Backes at 6:30 pm. Also at RAM,  A Whole Other World: Sub-Culture Craft presents art influenced by the science fiction and fantasy-based themes of Doctor Who, Star Wars, steampunk, and superheroes.  Catch Steampunk Fever with  RAM’s Free Family Hands-On Art Activity 4:00 – 8:00 pm. And, don’t miss RAM’s Awesome Art Sale from 10:00 am to 8:45 pm, offering one-of-a-kind, museum quality pieces donated by well-known, working artists available at very affordable prices.  Guests are encouraged to dress in Steampunk gear on First Fridays, August 7. Hot Shop Glass, 239 Wisconsin Avenue — Experience the hottest place downtown! Studio owners Doug Chaussee and Amanda Paffrath will create blown glass art from 5 – 8:30 p.m.  Stop in and see the action, shop the gallery and be inspired to take a workshop!
   

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.