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Main Street Wadsworth Hosts Eclipse Themed First Friday

April’s First Friday, on Friday 5, 2024, was themed for the total eclipse. There were eclipse-themed arts and crafts.

First Friday is an event that occurs every first Friday of the month. Community members come downtown to participate in various activities and support the businesses in Downtown Wadsworth.

“My favorite part about First Fridays is walking around downtown with my friends,” said Mady Mahon, a sophomore at Wadsworth High School.

The February First Friday was not very populated due to the cold and rainy weather. However, the April eclipse-themed event was more abundant with citizens and activities.

Mike Foreman, NASA astronaut, autographing pictures of him for the First Friday attendees. Foreman worked with Tom Stugmyer along with the Wadsworth Public Library. Photo Courtesy of Tom Stugmyer.

“The businesses downtown tend to build more in the First Fridays from April on [through the year],” said Tom Stugmyer, the temporary Main Street Wadsworth Interim Director.

Adrianne Patrick was the previous Executive Director for Main Street Wadsworth, Stugmyer is taking over until the new director takes over. They have found a new director for the position and Main Street will release this information in a future press release.

There is a promotion team that consists of four groups in Main Street Wadsworth. These positions are all volunteer-based.

Mike Foreman, the astronaut from Wadsworth, teamed up with Stugmyer and the Wadsworth Public Library, while he was in town. Foreman signed his photo from space and a photo of all of the Ohio astronauts.

During First Friday, there was a telescope giveaway for the eclipse. Foreman pulled the winner on Friday night.

There was also a scavenger hunt going around to find certain eclipse-themed goodies. There were spaced-themed giveaways with some eclipse glasses.

“I am big in astronomy so the eclipse theme was my favorite part of the First Friday,” Stugmyer said.

First Fridays are a way to connect with the community while supporting the small businesses downtown. And the support of the public makes the business owners downtown want to continue participating in these events every month.

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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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