September’s First Friday theme is “Once Upon A Time.”
The event is from 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 5 in downtown Warsaw.
September is National Literacy Month, and literary arts will be the featured art form during the final month of “Summer Of The Arts.”
The main center stage act, presented by the OrthoWorx Diversity Committee in partnership with Warsaw Community Development Corp., will take place from 6 to 8 p.m.
Michael Jacobs, a Cherokee musician, will perform a mixture of Native American, roots rock, pop and folk music.
His lyrics will inspire audience members with messages that encompass not only Native American issues, but also human issues such as peace, justice, suffering, the environment, relationships, personal responsibility and wholeness, according to information from a press release.
A local folk group, “The String Things,” will perform from 5 to 6 p.m. At 8 p.m. the Warsaw American Legion Post will host a march and playing of “Taps” in honor of 9/11.
Other literary-themed family-friendly entertainment can be found all over downtown Warsaw. This month’s attractions include a book signing featuring local authors, story time for kids, live fairy tale characters, kiddie crafts, face painting, local dance troupe performances, bounce house, a magician at Indiana Antiques, the new Warsaw Inquiry Learning Laboratory from Warsaw Community Schools, the high school foreign language department and more.
Authors that will be onsite include: Sue Baker, children’s books; Monica Boyer, memoir and political books; Mark Gray, historical fiction; Chris Mahan, fiction novel; Richard Rose, mystery and thriller; Loren Shaum, cookbooks; Ann Thallemer, non-fiction and fiction; Michelle Weidenbenner, fiction novels; Jeff Hodges, biography; Kari Miller, children’s books; Terry Shepherd, fiction; Jami McDaniel-Stichter, children’s books; Kandi Jaynes, romance and inspiration; Terry White, non-fiction and historical; Rebecca Dawson, Christian; Thomas McDermott, science fiction; Don Davis and Tom Julien, Christian authors; Don DeYoung, non-fiction; Sylvia Hyde, poetry; and Bethany Brown, teen fiction.
The Walk-N-Wander photography contest entries will be on display, and the Kosciusko Literacy Foundation will  announce the winners of its Walk-N-Wander essay and poetry competition.