Let the celebration recommence.

Let the celebration recommence.

The First Friday’s Art and Music series will return in April at The Thirsty Goat in Port St. Joe.

The monthly celebrations, held on the first Friday of each month April through September, features fundraisers alongside local art and entertainers from around Gulf County.

Guests of the event, founded in 2004 by Kim Henderson and the Gulf Alliance for Local Arts (GALA), are treated to complimentary beer, wine, food and conversation with others looking to kick off their weekend.

“It’s a great event that exposes our community to a little culture,” said GALA member and former organizer Steve Kerigan.

During the season’s inaugural event a fundraiser will be held for students from Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School who have qualified to represent the Northwest region at the Odyssey of the Minds state finals in Orlando on April 12.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students ranging from kindergarten through college.

Participating students apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and world level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from 25 other countries participate in the program.

Students from both qualifying teams will perform skits for attendees starting at 6:30 p.m. ET and music provided by Bo and Lauren Spring will start at 7 p.m.

“First Fridays is an event that provides locals and visitors the opportunity to enjoy a variety of different types of music and art,” said Kerigan. “It’s also about connecting with others within our community, locals and visitors, to create a casual atmosphere to share in the experience.”

The First Friday celebration will kick off at 6 p.m. ET on Friday, April 4 at the Thirsty Goat inside the Port Inn. Donations will be accepted to help the students with their travel expenses.