The Robert Hudson mural on the north side of The Vic, 110 N. Buffalo St., Warsaw, will be unveiled with a ribbon-cutting at about 6 p.m. Friday. The project came about from the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council.  Photo by David Slone
The Robert Hudson mural on the north side of The Vic, 110 N. Buffalo St., Warsaw, will be unveiled with a ribbon-cutting at about 6 p.m. Friday. The project came about from the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council. Photo by David Slone
Artists will be painting all day and a giant mural will be unveiled at First Friday this week.

The theme for the October First Friday is “Art-tober.”

From 6:30 to 9 a.m. Friday, painters will begin registering at Latte Lounge downtown Warsaw for the plein air painting event, according to the Lakeland Art Association Facebook page. There is no fee to participate. After they register and get their canvases stamped, the artists will be painting downtown all day. The location is up to the artist. They then will be back at 4:30 p.m. to submit their art for judging, which will take place at 5:30 p.m. Winners will be announced at 6 p.m.

Awards will be presented for first-, second- and third-place and two honorable mentions.

The artwork will be on display from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday in front of city hall on the sidewalk, First Friday Coordinator Paula Bowman said. Over 30 artists have registered so far.

“This year, for the first time ever we’ll have an antiquities market,” she said. Six vendors have registered to sell their jewelry, clothing, furniture and more along South Buffalo Street.

Artists from RedBird Art Studio will be in The Vic on North Buffalo Street. The studio is a division of Cardinal Services, an agency that provides an array of services to developmentally disabled people.

Art teachers from Warsaw Community Schools will have their “big tent,” Bowman said, with projects for kids.

The Warsaw Community High School Homecoming Parade is a part of First Friday this year. Normally, Bowman said, that doesn’t get to happen due to scheduling but this year it will and Warsaw is playing Wawasee.

The parade will start about 5:15 p.m. from the high school. It will travel past Edgewood Middle School, down Union Street to Market Street, turn on Indiana Street, then Main, and head back to the school. Bowman said the best places to view the parade will probably be behind the barricades on Market, Indiana and Main streets. She said the start time of the game has been moved back a little to allow people to enjoy First Friday.

At 6 p.m. – or as soon as the parade is over – the Robert Hudson mural on the north side of The Vic will be unveiled with a ribbon-cutting. The project came about from the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council. Members of MYAC have been working since September 2018 to come up with ideas for the city. The Council applied for a $5,000 grant from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, which it was awarded in April for the implementation of the 2019 My Community My Vision project.

Food vendors also will be on hand at First Friday.

Other Upcoming Events

The theme for November’s First Friday will be “Thanks for Giving.” Bowman said vendors may have a list of items at this week’s First Friday needed to fill the dump truck at the November event. Some of the items needed to fill the truck in November include paper products, personal items, diapers, toilet paper and more.

The annual Spooktacular downtown Warsaw is 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 25. Registration begins at 5 p.m., Bowman said.

Christmas Countdown will begin Dec. 1, and Bowman said she was working to combine all kinds of fun events with WRSW’s Ornament Smash. Christmas Countdown kicks off the “25 Days of Christmas,” and the purpose of it is to encourage people to shop locally.

First Friday in December is Dec. 6, and its theme will be “Hometown Holly Days.” Activities planned for it include ice sculptures, Santa’s House, the Twinkle Light Parade and more.

First Friday is sponsored by the Dr. Dane and Mary Louise Miller Foundation, the city of Warsaw and Warsaw Community Development Corp.