Eclipse 2017: Party in Central Park on Monday

This NASA photo shows a solar eclipse at about 80-85 percent, just about the view from Elkhart during the Aug. 21 event.

This NASA photo shows a solar eclipse at about 80-85 percent, just about the view from Elkhart during Monday’s event.

The first 250 people in downtown Elkhart’s Central Park after noon on Monday can get free eclipse viewing glasses. But that’s not the only reason to come to the party.

Eclipse – Our event, part of our NASA @ My Library work, goes from noon until 3. The moon will begin moving into the view of the sun at approximately 12:57 p.m. Our maximum view, about 85 percent coverage, will happen for two-plus minutes about 2:22 p.m. Then, the moon goes on its merry way at 3:44 p.m.

Food – Don’t eclipse party on an empty stomach. At the park, paying customers will find Hotdogeddy’s cart, out-of-this-world treats by Mini Delights Bake Shoppe, and the Maple Indian food truck. Old Style Deli (closes at 2), The Vine, Black Crow Cafe, b on the River and the Electric Brew are less than a block away if you’re looking for other food options.

Entertainment – The Monster Message board, presented by EyeCare Express and Momentum Marketing, will livestream NASA’s view of the eclipse on the big board.

Fun – TapSnap will be on hand with a digital photo booth – pick a background and take home a free print from the party. (You’ll find all the snaps on our Facebook page.) Young People’s librarians will have games and stories for the younger set.

ABC57, Welch Packaging and Seifert Drug also are supporting the big event.

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