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Wadsworth Hosts Bluegrass and Lumberjack Themed First Friday

Larkin Tackett
One sign, of many, downtown showing which businesses are participating in the First Friday event. This sign was in front of Sweets on High.

Downtown Wadsworth holds an event entitled “First Fridays” on the first Friday of every month. Main Street Wadsworth puts on these events with a new theme each time. The theme for November was Bluegrass & Lumberjacks.

A kid participating in the First Friday festivities playing and learning about instruments at The Akron Symphony Orchestra’s booth. The booth holders are teaching the kids all about instruments and promoting their orchestra. Photo by Larkin Tackett.

Community members come downtown to participate in various activities and support the businesses in Downtown Wadsworth. Over 20 small businesses and organizations offer specials and fun based on the theme each month.

November’s First Friday consisted of ax throwing, cloggers, and a bluegrass concert. There were many kinds of ax throwing for all ages including real, plastic, and paper axes. The Summit Cloggers were at Historic St. Mark’s on College Street from 6:30-7:15 p.m., and the Bluegrass Concert was in the Wadsworth Public Library from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

“Wadsworth First Friday was started in January 2018 to invite the community to regularly visit and support their historic downtown district,” said Adrianne Patrick, the executive director for First Friday. “Over 70 First Friday events later, the events are one of the biggest nights for downtown merchants, an evening of community gathering and reconnecting with friends and neighbors, and an opportunity for our downtown to shine as it continues its comprehensive revitalization process.”

Citizens throwing fake, plastic axes in the center of town, next to the gazebo. This was going on throughout the entire First Friday event. Photo by Larkin Tackett.

The support of the public makes the business owners want to continue participating in these events every month. The town creates a busy environment for business owners which helps everyone in the community join together.

“Downtown Wadsworth does a great job of supporting small businesses so we are always super busy and we see so many people on First Fridays, they’re a lot of fun,” said Lillian Turano, the owner of Sweets on High.

The First Fridays bring connections with the businesses but also the relationships between the citizens. 

Jesse Smith & Friends performing in the Wadsworth Public Library from 6:00 – 8:30 pm. They were playing a Bluegrass concert in the meeting rooms A & B. Photo by Larkin Tackett.

 “I think First Fridays are a great way to connect to your town and it’s a good thing to come out, and walk around, everybody’s open late and there always seems to be something new going on so it’s definitely worthwhile,” said Turano.









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Larkin Tackett
Larkin Tackett, Staff Writer
Larkin Tackett is a sophomore and it is her first year on the Bruin staff. She is currently a staff writer but she wants to be an editor in the future. She took the Newspaper/Yearbook 1 class her freshman year and immediately knew that she wanted to be on the Bruin. Her favorite part of being on the Bruin staff is getting to hang out with fellow staff members and learning some new things about news and newspapers. The Bruin has taught her how to work under a deadline and get things done under an amount of stress. She has grown so much due to this class and wants to continue growing. She is looking forward to seeing the staff's growth in writing, layout, and collaboration from issue to issue and improving for the years going forward. She also looks forward to deepening relations within the staff and creating new ones with future staff members.
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    GregNov 13, 2023 at 10:37 am

    Excellent read for an amazing event. Themes make “First Fridays” interesting and creates an evening fun for family and friends.