Friday night fever and Saturday market downtown this weekend Arioch box escape attempt will highlight annual family event

By on July 17, 2013

Ephrataâ??s Kevin Frymyer (left), owner of Bemenn Wood Products on Church Street, and Arioch the magician, reach an agreement on the box Arioch will attempt to escape from Friday night in downtown Ephrata. (Photo by Andy Fasnacht)

The Ephrata Merchants annual Family Fun Night is two-and-a-half hours of fun that the whole family can enjoy, whether you are seven, 17 or 70.

This year’s theme is "Friday Night Fever." If you’re looking for fun and feeling groovy, kick down the cobblestones on Main Street in downtown Ephrata from 5:30-8 p.m. July 19 as we flash back to the 1970’s. The Ephrata Merchants Association invites the whole community to come and make it a fun time.

One of the big highlights Friday night will be Ephrata’s own talented magician and escape artist Arioch attempting to escape from a box constructed on site.

Ephrata’s Kevin Frymyer, owner of Bemenn Wood Products, will be on hand to build the box that night that Arioch will attempt to escape from.

"I told him that there isn’t enough time to display a box anywhere," Arioch said Monday. "You know I like to do that so people can check for trap doors or whatever. So then he said that he would actually build a box right there in front of the crowd using scrap wood. I think that’s a great idea because that will definitely eliminate the trap door theory. There can’t be anything phony if it’s built right there during the show."

Other activities that night also include a Seventies Dance Party with music courtesy of DJ Jeff Adams. To add to the ambiance, wear your seventies threads for a chance to win a gift basket, then get down and boogie for another chance to win a gift basket.

For a chance to win one of four $25 certificates, search for pet rocks at participating businesses as you "Rock Around the Block Hunt" from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Registration forms can be picked up at participating businesses and must be returned by 7 p.m. to the Hospitality Tent, where "The Burro of Ephrata" is visiting. Arioch will be on hand to perform some groovy magic.

For the kids, there will be 25 cent games, free tattoos, create your own pet rock craft table, and learn to play Twister at H&R Block. Food vendors will be on hand to help take care of the munchies.

Saturday Market at The Whistle Stop will offer an opportunity to meet "The Burro of Ephrata" along with farm stands, food vendors, artists, and craftsmen. Entertainment at Saturday’s Market includes two acts. From 10:30-11:30 p.m.: Matt Wenger, a 17-year-old Lititz multi-instrumental prodigy, performs mostly 60’s folk music from the likes of Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Johnny Cash and Donovan. From 1-2 p.m.: Little Bird, the soul-o work of artist and siren Megan Woodland Donley, accompanied by folk psychedelic guitarist, Jeffrey R. Hewitt, and groovy percussionist, Steve Witmer. Little Bird shares angelic and soulful vocals, magical melodies, and experimental, yet familiar folk, jazz, jam, gypsy and blues-inspired, emotionally charged original music to lift your spirits. Filled with sights, sounds, tastes and great deals for you, Saturday Market gives you a weekend highlight to talk about.

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