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April 4, 2013

First Friday coming this Friday

Event is a chance to mix and mingle downtown

Indianapolis — Warm weather is on the way and downtown Kokomo is about to see something new on Friday evenings.

First Friday, billed as a free, self-guided tour of downtown businesses and organizations, is happening from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, continuing the series of downtown Friday evening mixers.

A collaboration between the Greater Kokomo Downtown Association, the Kokomo Art Association, downtown business owners, organizations and local artists, First Friday is an opportunity for people to come downtown, have a drink and socialize after the busy downtown workday is over.

There’s no specific place to be or time to be there. Rather, people are invited to come downtown and browse around. Every participating venue will have something special to offer all the guests roaming downtown Kokomo.

“It’s a huge event that’s been brewing between the Kokomo Downtown Association and the downtown business owners for a while and it’s really gaining momentum. The last two months have been sort of a ‘soft launch,’ “ downtown association board member Erin Larison said.

This Friday, the businesses are set to let it rip. They’ve seen the growing response so far, and more businesses are doing more things to make it a special event, she said.

“Businesses are pairing up with other businesses, and the last time I went, it was starting to feel like Disneyland,” she said. “When you go, you’re going to say, ‘This feels like the big city, this feels like Indy,’ but it’s all here in Kokomo.”

The restaurants, some of which usually close in the evening, will be open, and business owners are adding a few touches to make the event special.

Comics Cubed, 121 E. Sycamore St., is hosting a comics artist to create hand-drawn sketches of favorite super heroes. The Kokomo Art Association/Artworks gallery, 210 N. Main St., will feature the art of “rug hooker extraordinaire” Jan Adler. Angie Meyers Design Studio, 104 W. Walnut St., will feature handmade bags and purses from local artist Robbie Funk, and will have massage therapist Audi Jackson of Zen Blossom Massage on hand.

The Bohemian Tattoo Club and Art Gallery, 206 N. Main St., is hosting a reception, themed “The Art of Rodman,” with a bar provided by The Social and music from Winston Howard and Art Fusion.

The evens also has family-friendly offerings, and parents and kids can find plenty of things to do.

There will be a tournament of the popular family game “Spot It” at Planet Mind, 108 N. Main St., and Pepperwhistle, 106 N. Main St., will have karaoke, laser dancing, treat tasting and a magician.

Main Street Cafe, 223 N. Main St., will stay open for the event, featuring artisan coffee/espresso drinks and their signature sandwiches, and Lux Boutique, 102 W. Walnut St., will have a hard cider tasting event, featuring cider from McClure’s Orchard.

For more information on the event, call the Greater Kokomo Downtown Association at 765-457-5301 or visit FirstFridayKokomo.com.

The event will continue on the first Friday of each month.

Scott Smith can be reached at 765-454-8569 or at scott.smith@kokomotribune.com.

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