GOSHEN — The spotlight will shine on Goshen’s burgeoning music scene and the entrepreneurial spirit of local business owners at March’s First Fridays event.
WHAT IS FIRST FRIDAYS?
First Fridays is a monthly event that highlights downtown Goshen with live performances, fun activities and business promotions. The theme for the Friday, March 7, event is Live and Local.
Goshen’s own in concert from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 203 N. Fifth St.: Goshen College music major Sadie Gustavson Zook performs live with friends at Goshen City Church of the Brethren. Enjoy a concert with frosted cookies and green punch just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.
Goshen Commons Intersections from 6 to 8 p.m. at 215 S. Main St.: Get to know Goshen residents at Better World Books, ask them questions and make a friend or two. Take photos together and parts of your conversation could end up on GoshenCommons.org, an online community of Goshen bloggers.
Drop the Dawg performing from 6 to 8 p.m. at 212 S. Main St.: The band Drop the Dawg is putting on a show for the grand opening of The Exchange above Menno Travel next to the Goshen Theater. The trio mixes acoustic newgrass music with pop, jazz and gospel. The group was invited to play at the first Michiana Mennofolk Festival in 2012.
Free live music at Ignition from 6 to 9 p.m. at 120 E. Washington St.: Catch three free concerts at Ignition Music Garage. Dog & Pony will hit the stage at 6, with Bailey Williams performing at 7:15 and James & the Drifters playing at 8:30. The bar will be open.
Food for your body, food for your soul from 5 to 9 p.m. at 314 S. Main St.: Maple City Market will have samples of sausages from Jake’s Country Meats in Cassopolis, Mich., and a variety of dipping sauces from Master’s Hand BBQ in Fort Wayne. A demo station will be set up for customers try product samples and meet Dr. Francisco Avila, the creator of Naturavila Skin Care Products in Elkhart. Josh Yoder and the Noisy Plow Boys will play music.
The Exchange grand opening from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at 212 S. Main St.: Take a tour of The Exchange, downtown Goshen’s newest collaborative office space. The Exchange has four secure office suites with a sitting area, conference room, storage space and large bathrooms. Enter through the glass door between Menno Travel and the Goshen Theater.
Sally Roth author signing from 6 to 8 p.m. at 215 S. Main St.: Sally Roth will be signing books and demonstrating her favorite recipe that lures beautiful, chirping birds to her backyard. Roth is a contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine and an award-winning author of at least 20 books about birds, nature and gardening. Her latest book, “An Eye on the Sparrow,” will be available at Better World Books.
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