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First Saturdays – Back to the Books!

Posted on July 18, 2023 by Christine Myers

Join our Downtown businesses for our 3rd First Saturday of the Summer! Welcome to Party on Main: Back to the Books! Scroll down to see participating businesses!

Mainspring is excited to expand our First Saturday Party on the Plaza events by featuring Party on Main all summer long. Seems like Summer just started, but the first day of school is right around the corner and Mainspring and the Ephrata Public Library have you covered.

Join us on Saturday, August 5 from 2:30-4:30 for a unique book walk, AND get started with your school supplies while you’re at it.

Here’s how it works:

  • Start at the Whistle Stop Plaza where kids pick up their backpacks and maps of participating businesses.
  • Kids and their parents follow a dedicated path through participating downtown businesses, stopping to read pages from selected books posted in Main Street windows, as they go.
  • Participating businesses will be handing out back-to-school supplies to kids as they progress along the route.
  • Kids 12 and under will receive a copy of Where the Wild Things Are; Kids 12-17 will receive a copy of the new One Piece book, Vol. 123 Warrior of Liberation
  • Kids of all ages are invited to hear a special reading of “Where the Wild Things Are” at 3:00 and 4:00 at the Visitor’s Center at the Whistle Stop Plaza, where one of the book’s characters will be on hand to meet and greet the kids!

RSVP below to let us know you’re coming!

FX Saddle Co
12 W. Main Street, Ephrata

Here at FX Saddle Company, we aim to help you find that special saddle that will suit your needs AND provide that unique look you’ve been searching for. We can build your dream saddle for much less than you might think, we usually have at least a few saddles in stock for when you need something FAST!! Back to the Books Special: Stop by and make a custom leather pencil case or leather bracelet with your initials or name.


Master’s Musicians
Ephrata Business Center (entrance closest to creek), 400 W. Main Street, Ephrata
We welcome students from children to adults; we welcome as well those who are not typical learners. Music Lessons can be therapeutic!

Back to the Books Special: New Students for September 2023 will receive 20% off the cost of music lessons when signing up for the whole month. Current students will receive 10% off from September music lessons if they sign up in the guest book at our office in EBC on August 5th, 2023.




ChesnetONE  – 7 S. State St, Ephrata

We fix tech. That’s it. I.T. is what we do! Back to the Books Special: Enter a drawing for a new Chromebook $179.00 value.  10% off all products and services. Coupon for 10% discount on future service.



Laura the Cookie Lady – 30 E Main St, Ephrata

Cookies Make Everything Better! Back to the Books Special: During the event, all drop cookies are $2 and all ice cream Sammiches are $5







Sheldon’s Gallery – 18 W Main St, Ephrata

Each child will be able to choose up to 3 figures