There's never dull moment in Racine County this weekend. Come along with us for these picks:
Play Ball! Racine native and best-selling author Chad Harbach is back in town to share his debut novel “The Art of Fielding.” He’ll be at The Golden Rondelle Theater on Friday, May 3 to read excerpts from the book. You don’t have to be a baseball fan to appreciate Harbach’s writing talent and the story of how he crafted this novel. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the program starts at 7 p.m. It’s free but reservations are required. Call 262-260-2154 or email Rondelle@scj.com
First Friday time again. First Friday is back from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Downtown Racine. Come to Monument Square for music and a 5:30 p.m. celebration of Positively Racine Day. Stay around for shopping, entertainment and free admission to the Racine Art Museum and the Racine Heritage Museum. For details, visit www.firstfridaysracine.com.
Pancakes anyone? A Racine tradition – Kiwanis Pancake Day – is 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Festival Hall, 5 Fifth St. There are pancakes, sausage and beverages served up with nonstop local entertainment. Tickets are $6 in advance and $7 at the door.
Art for all. While you’re at Pancake Day, stop by the Lakefront Artist Fair from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Festival Park. This is one of the top art fairs in the Midwest featuring more than 125 artists. Lakefront Artist Fair is a fundraiser for Racine Montessori School.
A milestone performance. The Choral Arts Society holds its 25th anniversary celebration at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Masonic Center, 1012 Main St. This event includes performances by special guests and solo artists. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $5 for students. Call 262-634-3250 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Wisconsin! The University of Wisconsin is known for more than just athletics. The Wisconsin Singers, a talented troupe of musicians, bring the song-and-dance revue "Starstruck" to the Joseph Mooney Theatre at Horlick High School, 2119 Rapids Drive. Show time is 7 p.m. Advance tickets ($10 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for students) are available at the Scarlet School office. Tickets are an addition $2 at the door. The show benefits the Horlick dramatic arts department and the UW Alumni Association Racine Chapter Scholarship Fund.
Wrapping up the season. Kiwanis Youth Symphony concludes its 2011-12 season with a free concert at 2 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, 716 College Ave. KYS is made up of elementary, middle and school and high school musicians from throughout the area.
Grab a brew next Saturday. Top of the Hops Beer Festival – a brand new event – comes to Festival Park next Saturday, May 12 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. You’ll have an opportunity to sample 150 craft beers from throughout the country. There is also a beer raffle, featuring a giant basket of every beer from the show, to benefit the Racine Founders Rotary Club. General admission tickets are $35 and VIP tickets, including food and a selection of special beers, are $75. Tickets are available at the Civic Centre box office, Timer’s Liquors and through Ticketmaster. Visit www.topofthehopsbeerfest.com
That’s just a sampling of things to see and do in Racine County. We have more on our website www.realracine.com. You're invited to get daily updates on Facebook by clicking HERE and on Twitter by clicking HERE.