First Friday – Delaware People are our People!

Jason (Father) and Jake (Son) Stein pose with a Delaware City Police Officer at "Picnic With the Cops."  Photo R VanBrimmer / DelawareO

Jason (Father) and Jake (Son) Stein pose with a Delaware City Police Officer at “Picnic With the Cops.” Photo R VanBrimmer / DelawareO

That’s why we set up a table to meet and greet at First Friday last night. The main event of the evening was “Picnic with the Cops.” Part of Winter Street was blocked off so we could meet our local police men and women. They had police cruisers for the little ones to explore as well as a children’s police academy training camp and some games.

It was great to finally meet a lot of our readers and followers on the Facebook page. – if you are reading this and have not yet liked the page, please click when you are done reading this and join us. You will discover a world of fun you’ve been missing!

We did have a give away of a $20 gift certificate. The winner will be notified by either phone or email after the drawing is held next Tuesday. Thanks to the nearly 20 people who entered!

We left our table and did what the staff and writers of DelawareO do so well…get out and visit with friends, make new ones, smile and promote what is good about Delaware! Here are some summaries….

Helpline of Delaware and Morrow Counties had an information table set up on Winter Street. They will be having one mile walk through historic downtown Delaware on September 7, 2013 to raise awareness on the public health issue of suicide. Our thanks to Michelle (Rita’s daughter) for providing us with the details. Another post this month will highlight this event and how you can participate.

Acoustic Steel

“Acoustic Steel” jamming outside the Saint Peters Church.

At St. Peter’s Church has an Artful August event each Friday. We were greeted by Father Charles Wilson, Rector as he explained the events and gave us a schedule. Last night, Acoustic Steel provided the musical entertainment. We heard them play two songs, one was a cover of  “Refugee” – the Tom Petty hit. The church is also sponsoring an art exhibit in the Sanctuary through September 8 – The Sacred Art of Ethiopia. As we walked around and viewed a the paintings, it was interesting to see both original and European influence in the works.

Sustainable Delaware had a table. They are having a hazardous waste collection on October 5th at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. They will be collecting scrap tires, electronics, TVs and fluorescent bulbs. We will post an update and a reminder closer to the date. We join them in making our community a healthier place to raise our families!

The last two first Friday events we were alongside the Northwest Neighborhood Association. We plan to attend one their upcoming events…the Ghost Walk. Special thanks to Ray and Diane for explaining the mission and purpose of the NNA.

Final thanks go to Main StreetDelaware and Frances Jo Hamilton for organizing and putting this massive effort together! We are not real good at estimating numbers, but at least 3,000 people must have been a part of this last night. It is our community and our own support is vital.

We thank every one of you for visiting and reading the posts on our website. We also thank our advertisers for making this possible. Please support them and tell them you saw them on DelawareO! We look forward to seeing you all again in September.

About Stephen Evanko

Steve is a reader, writer, lifelong learner and loves Delaware OH. He is a local business owner and serial entrepreneur. His unending journey is to find the perfect chili dog.


  1. One table we were happy to see was for the Delaware Music Academy. When Crossroads Music closed earlier this summer, I know a lot of Delwarians (ourselves included) were concerned about how to find a variety of music teachers. Lucky for us, they are all still together, they have just moved to a new location!! They will be at 27 W William Street, Building B (right near the new Sherwin Williams). So if you’re looking for a music teacher for yourself or your child, be sure to check them outat

    • Stephen Evanko says:

      I could not agree more! We got to visit with Adam at his table too. If all goes well, they will be established in the new location soon. If anyone hears of an open house date, send an email to and we will post it under events.

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