The first Friday of every month is celebrated in Downtown Tehachapi by various organizations and businesses. Dubbed First Friday, special exhibits, speakers and goodies will be available from 5 until 8 p.m.
Events at businesses and organizations include the following:
The newest exhibit at the Tehachapi Museum, 310 S. Green St., in the Community Case, features a collection of tea cups from Arlene Weed, a Bear Valley resident. She started collecting in the 1970s.
Another local collection from Patty Erdman, a Museum volunteer, features small boxes, trays and vases from her Wedgwood collection. The display shows the wide range of colors used by the Josiah Wedgwood Company. Most everyone recognizes the Wedgwood Blue color but an accompanying chart shows a vast array of unusual colors that have been used since the company began producing the jasper ware in 1777 in England.
In the Tehachapi Families Case, the history of the Cummings family features family photos, a branding iron, chaps, and a skull, mostly focusing on the original 1854 founder and Bud Cummings.
Wine, champagne and snacks are available for First Friday guests. Call the museum can be reached at 822-8152.
Tehachapi Treasure Trove
In addition to food and wine, the Treasure Trove, 116 E. Tehachapi Blvd., will be featuring Eugen Kunstmann and his portable forge.
Eugen is an old-fashioned blacksmith who handcrafts many things from railroad spikes and other available metal. He makes hooks, bowls, knives and walking sticks, among other items. He makes his own sheaves and handles for his knives. He will have examples of his work on hand and will have the forge fired up and anvil ready to demonstrate his skill.
The Holiday Bazaar will begin Nov. 1 and feature tables full of great ideas for the holidays. For the holiday bazaar, the Treasure Trove will set up additional tables for folks to bring in crafts and collectables for the holiday season. There will be new faces, new items and lots of fun.
Gallery 'n' Gifts
Annually, Tehachapi Valley Arts Association presents several art-associated scholarships to Tehachapi graduates.
The sole purpose of TVAA is to provide support to young artists in Tehachapi. This comes in the form of scholarships, grants and assistance in providing needed equipment for the arts program.
The Silent Auction gives the opportunity for everyone to participate in the scholarship program while having fun, bidding on items and stopping in at Gallery 'n' Gifts to see if they have been outbid. The Silent Auction begins First Friday, Nov. 1 and ends First Friday, Dec. 6.
The Christmas Boutique by Tehachapi Valley Arts Association and Gallery 'n' Gifts will officially open Nov. 1.
As always, scrumptious eats will be provided as you browse. Gallery 'n' Gifts is located at 100 W. Tehachapi Blvd.
Tehachapi Community Church
Learn about hiking at the Tehachapi Community Church's event, "The Great Outdoors: Tales of the Pacific Crest Trail," at 100 E. "E" St. Join us for s'mores and trail treats while listening hiking tales. Chris Rush, trail veteran, will share his experiences of hiking the PCT. He will tell of ways for Tehachapi residents can interact with the trail and its hikers and will show some short videos. Wayne Thompson will share excerpts from the book, "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail" by Cheryl Strayed.
Kids will have fun looking at a backpacking tent, photos and the equipment used by hikers. Kids and adults are invited to make a wooden name badge -- with your given name on one side and your "trail name" on the other.
Oak Tree Antiques
Next door to Gallery 'n' Gifts, this shop is also open for First Friday. They invite people in to browse through nooks and crannies that contain antiques and art pieces, on sale by collectors from all over. Sometimes a few accoustic musicians will also casually drop by and play. Oak Tree Antiques is at 102 W. Tehachapi Blvd.
Charles White, Susanna Monette, Shirley Given and Phyllis Belcher contributed to this article.