First Friday Kokomo: A Family Experience

First Friday provides a great opportunity to bring your family to Downtown Kokomo.  While we have attended before, I thought I would share our family’s experience during last month’s First Friday in photos.

Our adventure started at Artworks Gallery.  We looked at the beautiful artwork on display and enjoyed watching the local artist demonstrations.  There is so much to see on both floors!

Artworks Gallery

 

Then, we headed to Planet Mind and Kokomo Toys & Collectibles (two of my son’s favorite downtown stores!)  He made an edible craft while at Planet Mind.  We took our time exploring both shops (while he made mental notes of the items he wants to add on his Christmas list already!)

Planet Mind

When we left Planet Mind, we ran into a couple of interesting characters on the sidewalk – pirates!  Well, not real pirates as my son thought.  They were promoting an upcoming event in Kokomo and drew quite a bit of attention!

Re-enactors

 

Some of the Kokomo Downtown Farmers’ Market vendors were there.  We shopped and enjoyed samples.  And learned more about the weekly market (and brand new Little Sprouts program for kids.)  It felt like a festival!

Farmers' Market vendors


 Farmers' Market booth

As we walked around, we stopped to listen to great, live music performed on Walnut Street.  Musicians from the Sound of Music’s Rockstar Academy were playing.


Live Music

 

Sound of Music was celebrating its 30 year anniversary.  So, we helped them celebrate by joining the party!

Sound of Music

 

Next, my son got his face painted (with a mischievous moustache!) and got a balloon animal hat made.  Of course, he requested an elephant – his favorite animal!

Balloon Animals
There was so much to see and do!  The restaurants were busy, and the flowers were in full bloom.  Downtown was the perfect setting to enjoy a Friday evening.

First Friday crowd
After several more stops and looking at the “Chalk the Block” sidewalk artwork, it was finally time to go home.  And make plans to attend the next First Friday!

Balloons & Fun

 

First Friday is held year-round on the first Friday of every month from 5:30-9:00 p.m.  While the activities change each month, you can bet you will find artists, music, and tons of fun in Downtown Kokomo!  Visit www.firstfridaykokomo.com to learn more.  The next First Friday “A Tribute to Innovation” will be held on July 4th, where you can get your pic in the Pioneer! Hope to see you there!

The Performing Arts are Alive in Kokomo! Check out Upcoming Shows …

Photo provided by Kokomo Civic Theatre

Photo provided by Kokomo Civic Theatre

No need to travel far to find fantastic concerts, musicals, comedy shows, and plays.  There are plenty of opportunities to experience great performing arts in Kokomo!  Below are just a few of the upcoming shows.  Plan to attend one (or more!) for a great evening of fun with family or friends.

Plus stay tuned for even more live music this summer as the Kokomo Summer Concert Series kicks off at the Performing Arts Pavilion in Foster Park in Downtown, and Kokomo Park Band concerts, held in Highland Park, will also start in June!

For a complete calendar of upcoming events, check out www.VisitKokomo.org/events.

Kokomo Curtain Call presents “The Twelve Daughters of Hercules”
February 28 – March 2, 2014
Sycamore Elementary School Auditorium, Kokomo
Performances: Fri. & Sat. 7 p.m. and Sun. 2 p.m.
For tickets & upcoming shows, visit www.KokomoCurtainCall.com

Kokomo Civic Theatre presents “The Odd Couple” (Female Version)
February 28 – March 2, 2014
IU Kokomo Havens Auditorium, Kokomo
Performances: Fri. & Sat. 8 p.m. and Sun. 2 p.m.
For tickets & upcoming shows, visit www.KokomoCivicTheatre.com

Hoosier Heartland Comedy Series presents: Mike Armstrong
February 28, 2014
Elite Banquet & Conference Center, Kokomo
Doors open at 7 p.m. & show at 8:30 p.m.
For tickets & more info, visit www.EliteBanquet.com

Kokomo Community Concerts present “Tom Gustin Big Band” Swing to Light Rock
March 15, 2014
Kokomo High School Auditorium – 7:30 p.m.
For tickets & upcoming concerts, visit www.KokomoCommunityConcerts.org 

Student Night at Rhum Academy of Music (held monthly)
March 15, 2014 – 7 p.m.
For tickets & upcoming shows, visit www.RhumMusic.com 

Hoosier Heartland Comedy Series presents: Ms. Pat 
March 28, 2014
Elite Banquet & Conference Center, Kokomo
Doors open at 7 p.m. & show at 8:30 p.m.
For tickets & more info, visit www.EliteBanquet.com

2013 Taste of Kokomo brings food, fun & music to Foster Park!

LoCash Cowboys will perform at the 2013 Taste of Kokomo in Foster Park

LoCash Cowboys will perform at the 2013 Taste of Kokomo in Foster Park

Where can you experience food from 25 local restaurants, kid’s activities, beer garden, 5 bands, and fun contests, including: Coney Dog Throwdown (vote for the best coney in town!), Hot Wing Contest, Pie Eating Contest, and a Gourmet Burger Cook-Off?  Don’t miss the Taste of Kokomo in Foster Park on Saturday, August 17, 2013 from 5-11 p.m.

Bring the entire family out for an evening of fun and live music featuring headliner LoCash Cowboys with special guests Uncle Boozie, Paul Stout Country, Jason Skaggs Band, Rewind, and Inside Out.  Admission is free!  For more information, call the United Way of Howard County at (765) 457-6691 or visit their website.

3rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Tent Party – March 16, 2013

Cook McDoogal's Irish Pub exteriorCelebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Irish food & drink, giveaways, and great live music at Cook McDoogal’s Irish Pub on Saturday, March 16, 2013.  The Pub will open at 11 a.m. and Tent opens at 4 p.m.

Entertainment includes Barefoot Murphy at 6pm with Hope Oakes with Bagpipes around 8:30pm.  Mike Milligan and Steam Shovel are headlining at 9pm.  Cover charge for the tent is $5 (cash only.)  Cook McDoogal’s Irish Pub is located at 100 North Main Street (at the corner of Main & Sycamore Streets) in Downtown Kokomo.  For more information, call (765) 450-6143 or visit their Facebook Page.

2012 St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Cook McDoogal’s Irish Pub

Enjoy Irish cuisine, drinks, cocktails, and live music at the 2nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Cook McDoogal’s Irish Pub in Downtown Kokomo on Saturday, March 17, 2012.

Pub will open at 11:00 a.m. for lunch selling their usual Irish fare and specialties, including Fish n Chips, Shepards Pie, McDoogal Balls & much more.  The large tent (located behind the pub) will open at 4:00 p.m. selling corned beef and Reuben sandwiches and offering free giveaways and t-shirts (while supplies last.)  Live music starts at 6:00 p.m. with Barefoot Murphy and Rich Hardesty headlining at 9:00 p.m.

Cover charge for the tent is $5 per person (cash only), and the event is for ages 21 & over.  Don’t miss the largest St. Patrick’s Day party in Kokomo!  Cook McDoogal’s Irish Pub is located at 100 North Main Street (at the corner of Main & Sycamore Streets) in Downtown Kokomo.  For more information, call 765-450-6143 or visit www.cookmcdoogals.com.

Don’t Miss All the New Activities at the 2011 Taste of Kokomo

Get your taste buds ready for the Taste of Kokomo!  New features have been added to make this year’s event bigger and better than ever.  Held on the Courthouse Square in Downtown Kokomo, the event will run from 4-10 p.m. on Saturday, August 20, 2011.  Admission is $3.

The Taste of Kokomo will offer a large selection of a variety of foods from over 30 local restaurants, drinks from Mid America Beverage, and great live music with eight bands playing throughout the night on two different stages.     

The Kid’s Corner will feature kid’s games, inflatables, sand art, crafts, and special appearances by a few superheroes.  In addition, a new Big Top event center will be set up on the corner of Main and Sycamore Streets.  Learn to make your own beer or watch as professionals and amateurs compete for the glory in cooking competitions and mixology.  Here is the schedule of special events and competitions:

10:00 a.m. Backyard Grillmaster Challenge
This event will kick-off the Taste of Kokomo with a barbeque cook-off in Downtown Kokomo.  Cooking teams will fire up the grills at 10 a.m.  People’s Choice voting will be open to the public from 12-3 p.m.  The best in burgers, ribs, and chicken will be announced at 4 p.m.  

4:00 p.m. Chopped Cooking Competition
This is an amateur cooking contest, and entries will be given a “bag” with several cooking ingredients that must be combined to make the best entree. Judges will determine the winner.

5:30 p.m. Homebrew 101 with Half Moon
Half Moon Restaurant & Brewery will bring their brewmaster to the Taste of Kokomo to teach the fine art of making a great beer at home.  Samples will be sold.

7:00 p.m. Throw Down Competition
Two teams of local cooks led by two local professional chefs, JoAnn Rozzi and Angie Martino, will compete in the best of Italy.  “Viva Italia” will have four judges and samples of the great fare will be sold.

9:00 p.m. Mixology Competition
Come down and support your favorite bartender as they compete in speed, accuracy and finesse.  Watch as bartenders make a layered drink called the Kokomo Wildcat Cocktail, made popular by Da Roux House.

Both Hoops on the Square and Cook McDoogal’s Irish Pub will each host an afterparty starting at 10 p.m.  Both bars will offer great late night specials and music.

You won’t want to miss this fun annual event!  Plan to bring the entire family to the 2011 Taste of Kokomo!  For more information, call United Way of Howard County at 765-457-6691 or visit their website.