GOSHEN — The beginning of summer is just a few weeks away, and downtown Goshen’s First Fridays event is welcoming the new season with rain barrel auctions, ice cream, music from The Tumbleweed Jumpers and more.
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 event on Friday, June 6, is Sweet Summer Kick-off.
FOOD AND ENTERTAINMENT
- Family bike ride: Celebrate the grand opening of the Monroe Street Bike Trail that stretches from U.S. 33 to the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. at the public parking lot near Interra Credit Union, 300 W. Lincoln Ave. Riders are asked to bring at least one non-perishable food item or give a tax deductible donation. At 6 p.m., riders leave for the fairground, where Honey’s Frozen Yogurt will have treats on sale. The ride supports the Elkhart County 4-H food drive and Church Community Services.
- The Window: The Window, 223 St. Main St., will have an Indian-themed menu from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., or until food runs out. The menu includes curry with white rice, bread and fruit dessert.
- Ice cream social: For the fifth year, Goshen City Church of the Brethren, 203 N. Fifth St., is scooping ice cream for free from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Ice cream will be churned Friday with natural ingredients.
- ERRA rain barrel auction: The Elkhart River Restoration Association, or ERRA, will auction a dozen rain barrels designed by local artists beginning at 6 p.m. at the main stage on the courthouse lawn. Funds from the auction are shared by the artists and the ERRA, which focuses on improving water quality in the Elkhart River watershed, including the Goshen Dam Pond. Rain barrels are used to collect water, reducing runoff from properties.
- Chalk the walk: Downtown Goshen invites kids to share their artistic talents from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at suite 4 at 234 S. Main St. Draw pictures, write inspirational thoughts and play hopscotch on the courthouse sidewalks.
- Goshen Farmers Market: The Goshen Farmers Market will offer jewelry, purses, chocolates, drinks, baked goods, soap, produce, meats and more from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 212 W. Washington St.
- Sweet summer treat: Stop in at the Goshen Historical Society Museum, 124 S. Main St., to pick up a sweet treat and hear Waterbound play from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- The Tumbleweed Jumpers: A nine-piece Goshen band brings bluegrass-folk-rock to the main stage on the courthouse lawn from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Book signings: Several authors will be signing copies of their newest releases from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Better World Books, 215 S. Main St. Writer Saloma Miller Furlong will sign copies of her memoir, “Bonnet Strings: An Amish Woman’s Ties to Two Worlds,” chronicling her decision to the leave the Amish community she grew up in. Wallace and Evelyn Shellenberger, authors of “Welcome to Iran,” ended their medical careers in 2001 to live and study in Iran where they were leaders of several learning tour groups. Writer Richard Kauffman tells stories of his encounters with Iranians, their culture and their politics and how barriers can be broken down by sharing those experiences in “An American in Persia: A Pilgrimage to Iran.”
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