It’s a red, white and Greencastle First Friday

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

On July 2 from 5 to 8 p.m., First Friday can kickoff the holiday weekend celebration. First Friday is embracing the patriotic theme and a festive event of food, music, shopping and fun is planned.

Music will be in the air courtesy of DJ Ryan Stahl of RS Entertainment, and barbeque is on the menu.

The Antrim House is featuring a barbeque buffet in the banquet room to complement the Roy Pitz Brewery beer tasting occurring at the same location.

For its first appearance at First Friday, Mason Dixon BBQ will feature a barbeque tasting on the square to showcase their grill sauces and rubs. And for dessert, Mikie's Ice Cream returns to the square.

As a special tribute, State Representative Todd Rock has donated a U.S. flag that has flown atop the state capitol building. The flag will be given away to one lucky patron in a drawing held that night. The flag will be displayed at the Fran Kenawell State Farm Agency on the square until it goes home with the winner.

In addition to the many talented artists that take part in First Friday, merchants have much in store.

Inner Beauty has a new inventory of Cactus T-shirts with patriotic, wine, and pet motifs. The women's specialty clothing shop is also introducing a new line of jewelry called It's a Deusey and other items to complement the T-shirts.

The Jewelry Shop is celebrating its 27th anniversary. The Jewelry Shop specializes in colored stones and diamonds and provides custom design services to make your imagination become reality. Also, all repairs are done at the shop.

Sweet Myrtle features gifts for friends, family and home and for any occasion. There will be samples of Stonewall Kitchen Gourmet foods and opportunity to create an original gift of a photo tile message. There is new summer jewelry and new totes. The shop invites all to become a fan on Facebook and to visit www.sweetmyrtlegifts.com.

Willowtree Gifts & Flower Boutique is a full-service florist and specialty gift shop that features unique gifts and accents for home and office and specializes in custom silk and fresh floral design.

E.L.M. Department Store has been a part of the community for nearly 70 years and continues to provide quality, name-brand apparel with helpful, courteous service. The store offers a broad range of sizes and categories from men's suits and sport coats to Carhartt workwear, specializing in big and tall sizes too. The store also features women's casual and dress separates from Tribal, Alfred Dunner and Southern Lady.

E.L.M. Shoe Store is featuring sale prices on select summer sandals and athletic footwear for the entire family.

Morning Star: A Perfect Gift is a full-service Christian book store providing bibles, books, CDs, DVDs, children's items, curriculum cards, and gifts for families and churches. The store also has an online selection and invites visits to www.morningstar.deepershopping.com

The Farmer's Wife Antiques & Collectibles Shop has interesting and beautiful items from years gone by. A visit will bring back memories of trips to Grandma's house.

The featured merchant this month is Anna's Paperworks, a shop for paper lovers. Anna's carries everything from writing paper and stationery sets to fine handmade and decorative papers from Italy, France, Japan and India.

Proprietor Denise Urban opened the shop nearly two years ago and has continued to expand the shop's offerings. The shop now carries journals, gift bags and tags, and desk accessories. Anna's also offers an assortment of imprintable invitations and thank you cards for weddings, showers and other special occasions.

The shop is also proud to carry handcrafted items from several local artisans such as Moondog Pottery and Vintage Silverware Jewelry. Urban works with another local photographer who captures the sites of Greencastle for unique postcards and photographs.

For those interested in starting a hobby or fine-tuning talents, Anna's offers a variety of classes, such as paper making, calligraphy, hand lettering, journal making and card making. Anna's also specializes in making custom rubber stamps for addresses, signatures, and artwork.