Beards for Brains and Bridges

It will be a hairy affair at Moe’s River Room on Saturday for the third annual Beards for Brains and Bridges Beard Competition.

Beard aficionados from across the Midwest will be traveling to Kokomo to compete in several hairy categories such as a kid’s creative and realistic beard, natural mustache, styled mustache, partial beard natural, partial beard freestyle, mutton chops and more.

Doors for the event will open at 4 p.m. and the competition starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person ages 13 and older, and $5 for ages 6 to 12. Children 5 years old and younger will have free admission.

All of the proceeds from the fun and games will be benefiting CW’s Team and Bridges Outreach. For more information about Beards for Brains and Bridges, contact Merlin Wagler at 765-860-2797.

Shipshewana on the Road

The “shop until you drop” event is back this weekend. Shipshewana on the Road will return to Kokomo for two full days of shopping.

There will dozens of vendors to browse, featuring items from antiques and home décor to crafts and gifts.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday at Kokomo Event and Conference Center, located at 1500 North Reed Road.

Tickets are $5 and children 12 and under are admitted free.

Graciously Departed at The Coterie

The Coterie will host Graciously Departed, a Grateful Dead tribune band, on Saturday.

According to the band’s bio, Graciously Departed formed from a group of musicians who wanted to put together a Grateful Dead Tribute act for a local music festival in 2015. The festival performance was well received and so much fun that they booked more shows and kept performing. After a few lineup changes and adopting the name Graciously Departed, the band booked more shows playing more regional festivals, small theaters and other venues. The group is currently is comprised of lifelong “deadheads,” Erica Hegland (keyboard and vocals), Jamie Werner (guitar and vocals), Aaron Walker (drums), Kidd Deckard (drums), Chris Lee (lead guitar) and Jim Johnson (bass).

The performance begins at 9 p.m. and there is no cover to attend.

Carver Canvas to paint ‘Cherry Blossom Bridge’

Join the Carver Community Center for its Second Fridays Carver Canvas event. This month, the group will be painting a “Cherry Blossom Bridge” beginning at 6 p.m. this evening at the Carver Center.

The cost is $30 per painter, with a $5 discount for Carver Center members. All proceeds benefit Carver Community Center. The event is for ages 16 and older, unless accompanied by a painting adult. Refreshments will be served and carry-in food items are welcome.

The class capacity is 20 painters, first come first serve. Reservations must be paid in advance and will be accepted at the Carver office.

Photography Exhibit at Kokomo Art Center

The Kokomo Art Association’s 25th Annual Photography Show is currently on exhibit at the Kokomo Art Center in March.

A breathtaking selection of nature, wildlife, human interest and architectural subjects are included in the categories of color, black and white and digital darkroom. The show was judged by Curt Alexander, noted local photographer and owner of Spectrum Photography.

The Kokomo Art Center is located at 525 West Ricketts St., on the grounds of Highland Park. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. and the exhibit is free and open to the public.

Haley Cawthon can be reached at or on Twitter @HaleyCawthon.

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