First Fridays celebrates birthday with ‘Summer Kickoff’

First Fridays turns 6 with "Sweet Summer Kickoff."
Posted on June 7, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

GOSHEN — First Fridays celebrated its sixth birthday on Friday, June 7, and the “Sweet Summer Kickoff” theme suited the street party quite appropriately.

There was plenty of leg kicking, “joyful movement,” and other “quality lifestyle” activities, as members of the Goshen Parks Zumba Club and Raise the Bar Drumline entertained people gathered on the courthouse lawn.

The young group of Raise the Bar Drums Alive sported T-shirts that featured a message of “Beloved Army of the Redeemer.”

“It gives people a little hope about kids nowadays,” said group member Christy Graber, 14, of Elkhart after the group’s routine.

Members of the Elkhart River Restoration Association, with the assistance of turtles and fish from the river, educated and entertained children and their parents.

The association would later hold its annual Rain Barrel Auction. Twelve barrels that had been created into works of art by local painters were on display on the courthouse lawn. Funds from the auction will go toward improving water quality in the Elkhart River Watershed and the Goshen Dam Pond.


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