On Friday, May 5, the Mongoose Junction Merchants Association will again present their “First Friday” arts and culture event. From 6-9 p.m., monthly event features live music, featured artists and art exhibits, cultural performances, sale specials, contests and more. This month’s event coincides with Cinco De Mayo, lending an extra festive atmosphere.
This month’s features include:
VIVA Cantina will be celebrating Cinco De Mayo in style… Enjoy Endless Tacos (lunch time through 5 p.m.) for $15 plus margarita specials ($5 for El Jimador margaritas, $8 for Herradura margaritas). Guests who order margaritas will be entered to win a sombrero full of margarita ingredients, and there will be live music from 6-9 p.m. in VIVA.
Caravan Gallery will host a demonstration of Singing Bowls from Nepal. Browse the gallery’s new selection of these gorgeous artifacts and learn to play them.
Island Fancy Boutique will host artist Elaine Estern, who will be signing copies of her book, “One Lucky Duck,” as well as her works of art.
St. John Scoops will host free face-painting for kids from 6-8 p.m.
Crowd favorite Visions Reggae Combo will perform from 6-9 p.m. in the Mongoose Junction courtyard.
St. John Brewers will be hosting a $5 All You Can Drink Can Party at the Tap Room — the perfect respite once you’ve explored First Friday.
Bajo El Sol Gallery will host the opening of its exhibit “Different Developments,” featuring works that utilize the medium of photography in innovative ways, either through inventive techniques or printing processes. Artists include: Steve Simonsen will be exhibiting a curated collection of his work printed on acrylic, which are the largest pieces he has shown at Bajo El Sol; Kim Nogueria will be exhibiting new jewelry works with image transfers of her photography in enamel, as well as antique jewelry featuring tintype photography; Carolyn Rogers, a marine biologist, will exhibit her latest photos of St. John marine life printed on metal; Jessica Rosenberg will be exhibiting ceramic pieces in which manipulated photos are burned onto silk screens and printed onto clay or glass — her theme is “shadows;” David Knight Jr. will be exhibiting a narrative series of iPhone photographs on metal titled “Voyages in the Dark” — the series seeks to tell a story about journeying, belonging and memory. The entire exhibit will run until June 1.
Little Switzerland will offer 10 percent off everything in the store, plus complimentary champagne and cookies.
Bamboula Boutique and Magic Tree Henna will present henna body painting from 5-7 p.m.
The St. John Experience Gallery will be offering 40-60 percent off selected items.
For more information about Mongoose Junction, First Friday, the Mongoose Junction Merchants Association, or any of the individual merchants or activities, contact Meaghan Enright at email@example.com or (804) 337-5314. Additional information about Mongoose Junction’s shops and history can also be found at www.mongoosejunctionstjohn.com.