Main Street Delaware’s First Friday Promises To heat Up Downtown.

wpid-img_0717.jpgFire Department Displays, Pumpkin Decorating, Teen Entertainment Area All Part of Celebration

Delaware, Ohio – The Delaware Fire Department will turn up the heat during Main Street Delaware’s Oct. 3 First Friday event by filling the downtown with firefighting equipment and safety demonstrations, including a simulated house fire and fire-extinguisher training.

The family-friendly First Friday also will feature a children’s pumpkin-decorating area with pumpkins donated by Powell-based MadMax Farms, 4140 Clarkshaw Road. For teen-agers, the evening will include an entertainment area hosted by the William Street Lighthouse Youth Program. Sandusky Street will be closed between Spring and Winter streets for the community First Friday celebration, which is sponsored by Barley Hopsters, 1 N. Sandusky St.

“Everyone loves October’s First Friday,” says Frances Jo Hamilton, Main Street Delaware’s executive director. “Children light up as they explore the firefighting equipment and imagine themselves as the heroes who use it, and families benefit from the fire safety tips. The children’s pumpkin decorating area and teen entertainment space are icing on the cake – or whipped cream on the steaming mug of fall hot chocolate.”

For those seeking even more reasons to come downtown, the Main Street Delaware Farmers’ Market continues from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 25 on Sandusky Street.

In November, Main Street Delaware will welcome fall with its Nov. 7 First Friday celebration, sponsored by the Delaware County District Library, and then welcome Santa Claus on Nov. 23 during the 2014 Christmas Parade.This year’s parade theme is “A Super Hero Christmas.” Parade entry forms will be available soon on the Main Street Delaware website,

Also to celebrate the season, Main Street Delaware’s Dec. 5 First Friday will feature the lighting of the downtown Christmas tree, complete with carolers, horse-drawn wagon rides, and Santa’s House hosted at the Strand Theatre, 28 E. Winter St. In addition, the community also is invited to join the downtown merchants as they hold a Holiday Open House from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 6 to help shoppers find the perfect holiday gifts for family, friends, and loved ones.

Source Main Street Delaware

Main Street Delaware’s Aug. 1 First Friday Serves up ‘Picnic with the Cops’

Main Street Delaware’s Aug. 1 First Friday will feature a

free “Picnic with the Cops” celebration that includes a dunk tank, a

children’s police academy training camp, an obstacle course, games, hot

dogs, freeze pops, and more for all to enjoy. The evening is sponsored by

PNC Bank.


The Delaware City Police Department in partnership with the Delaware County

Sheriff’s Department will provide police cruisers and a mounted police unit,

with horse and officer, for little ones to discover during the 6 p.m. to 9

p.m. First Friday event. A portion of North Sandusky Street will be closed

to accommodate the community celebration.


Main Street Delaware’s Farmers’ Market also continues to grow, offering

fresh, locally grown produce and other treats from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

each Saturday and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. each Wednesday now through Oct. 25.


Also in August, Main Street Delaware will host its annual Fine Art, Food &

Wine fundraiser, featuring food from the city’s finest restaurants and a

“You Ought To Be In Pictures” silent auction of custom artworks created by

local artists.


The Fine Art, Food & Wine celebration will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Aug. 15 in the atrium of Ohio Wesleyan University’s Schimmel/Conrades

Science Center, 90 S. Henry St., Delaware. Tickets are $30 per person, and

they are available now online at Funds raised

through this and Main Street Delaware’s ongoing membership drive support the

nonprofit organization’s efforts to preserve and promote historic downtown



About Main Street Delaware:

Main Street Delaware is a 501(c)(3) member-supported organization. In

addition to coordinating the First Friday celebrations and downtown Farmers’

Markets, Main Street Delaware oversees the flower planter program, holiday

parade, Christmas tree lighting, and more. Main Street Delaware is an

accredited Ohio Main Street Community. For additional information, contact

Frances Jo Hamilton, executive director, at 740-362-6050 or Learn more at or

Open House for Friends of the Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati Railroad August 16, 2014

Celebration of 165th Anniversary of Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati or Big Four Railroad (formerly New York Central and now CSX Railroad) in Oxford and Brown Townships and points north and south.

Anniversary celebration will take place on August 16, 2014 from 10:30 until 4:00 at the Oxford Township Hall, 5125 Shoemaker Road, Ashley, Ohio  (just east of CSX track) (2 miles south of Ashley off of Route 42)

Did you know that the Gold Spike ceremony connecting the railroad from the north and the south occurred on February 18, 1851 on a farm two miles south of Ashley at the Shoemaker Road crossing? (Re-enactment of Gold Spike at 1:30) Open House Celebration will include displays, railroad memorabilia, a model train display, and Memories of that railroad happenings through the years by volunteer speakers.

Some displays are: Delaware County RR Safety Task Force display (with prizes for children); Brandon Townley with his professional railroad photography and published photo books; Friends of Big Four Depot in Galion display; Suzanne Allen’s Preserving Our Heritage of Trains and Railroads book and photos and more; Vicki Rife’s memorabilia display (Dad worked in NYC tower at Westview near Cleveland); Ken Beamer and the Delaware Model Railroad Club.

Dan’s Deli will be on site.

For more information contact Friends of the Cleveland, Columbus, and CincinnatiRailroad-


Chalk it Up! 2014 – Main Street Delaware First Friday

Main Street Delaware also invites everyone to mark their calendars for the July 4 “Chalk It Up!” First Friday sidewalk chalk art competition. Sidewalk squares are available now for $10 each. The community will determine “people’s choice” prize winners in child and adult categories. Funds raised will support future Main Street Delaware beautification, education, and family-friendly events.

Registered chalk artists may pick any sidewalk square on Sandusky Street between William and Central or Winter Street between Franklin and Union on Friday July 4.  Chalking may begin anytime on July 4 but must be completed by 8p that evening for judging.  Once you begin your work a volunteer will be around to check your registration and give you a contestant number.  If you have registered and do not see a volunteer before you complete your work, please call 740 362-6050. 

Full details (with registration info) on the Main Street Delaware web site.


First Friday – Main Street Delaware

Start HERE is a downtown wide board game.  Collect your game piece at the Main Street office, 20 E. Winter Street, on First Friday in April to spend an evening visiting our downtown businesses while you work toward winning a prize.  

Sponsored by the Delaware General Health District, this is a brand new event for Main Street Delaware’s First Friday.  Stations will be set up from 6-9.  Once you have collected all of your game pieces you may turn in your game card to the Delaware General Health District to be entered into a drawing for a family pool pass to Mingo Park for summer of 2014! 

Businesses and vendors will line the streets with additional activities for families to enjoy.  Join us this month for First Friday!

Main Street Delaware website

Public Health Week to kick off Main Street Delaware’s First Friday

 The Delaware General Health District is kicking off Public Health Week (April 7-13) by welcoming residents to attend Main Street Delaware’s First Friday event on April 4 in downtown Delaware. The Health District is sponsoring the event and has lined up a fun, interactive game where residents can learn about the many aspects of public health. Game participants will be entered to win a family of four season pass at the Jack Florance Swimming Pool at Mingo Park in Delaware.

The week officially starts with the Delaware County Board of Commissioners on Monday April 7 proclaiming April 7-13 as Public Health Week in the county during their regular session. On this day, the Health District will also launch a new interactive map that includes the locations of all Delaware County restaurants that offer half portions. DGHD offers this map in an effort to help residents be more mindful of healthier eating choices.

The week also includes an emergency preparedness drill for DGHD staff on Tuesday and a free clinic services day on Wednesday. A DGHD employee health day will take place on Thursday, which includes a morning walk, a healthy potluck and a chicken dance at 2:30 p.m. where staff and area merchants are invited to take a break and participate in some physical activity. The week will wrap up on Friday with the announcement of the winners in the Chesrown Cares contest.

For more information, visit the Public Health Week section of Source: DGHD press release.



March for Art – Another First Friday Success!

March for Art 2014 (1) IMG_20140307_210025Friday night March 7, 2014 will be remembered. It was a night of beautiful weather after what can arguably be dubbed “the worst winter in Ohio ever.”

People were out, energy was in the air and 46 degrees felt like a heat wave. (When we did the Chocolate Walk video for the DelawareO Video Show just 4 weeks ago, it was 6 degrees!)

The event was sponsored by Main Street Delaware and Button Up (more on this business later). Here is the event summary from the Main Street web page:  “25 local galleries exhibiting artwork from Delaware City Schools.  The official ‘Gallery Opening’ will be held in participating locations on First Friday in March and the exhibit will remain up in the downtown for your perusal through the end of the month.” So even if you missed our young talent, you still have 3 weeks to take it in.March for Art 2014 (6) IMG_20140307_180444 (2)

Part of our mission at DelawareO is to help promote a healthy and vibrant downtown. This is not to exclude anyone else from the four corners of Delaware County, but to start here and work our way out.

March for Art 2014 (5) IMG_20140307_183716Since art was the focus, let’s get to it. I loved walking around and seeing what our kids created. Having no art talent myself, I was amazed at what I saw. It was fun to enter in to the different stores to see what was on display. The downtown merchants I spoke with were loving the traffic this event generated to their stores.  What catches my eye is the use of color and dimension.

March for Art 2014 (2) IMG_20140307_205207The sponsor of the event was Button Up (a gallery of hand-made art). I was able to speak briefly with the owner, Kathleen Miller. Her store had quite a buzz…they were previewing new watercolors by Mary Morrison. I have prints of her work in my insurance office and love them!



We’ll be back for “Mascot Madness” on Friday, April 5, 2014. Plans are to have the video crew there too. So if you see our team, be sure to tell us “I want to be part of the DelawareO Video Show”  …we may just have the chance to make you famous.March for Art 2014 (4) IMG_20140307_193111




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Downtown Delaware to celebrate “March for Art” on First Friday

Main Street Delaware’s March 7 First Friday celebration will feature a “March for Art” with artworks by Delaware City Schools students on display at businesses throughout the historic downtown.

This downtown-wide “gallery opening” is sponsored by Button Up, 29 N. Sandusky St., featuring unique handmade art. Participating children will be given Button Up artist buttons to wear during Friday’s celebration. [Read more…]

DelawareO Video Show with Hannah Kern at the Main Street Delaware “Chocolate Walk.”



Hannah Kern debuts the “DelawareO Video Show” as she covers Main Street Delaware’s “Chocolate Walk” in downtown Delaware, Ohio February9, 2014 .

Watch as Hannah Kern speaks with local Delaware residents as they discuss the perfect Valentines Day gifts, plans, and of course CHOCOLATE!

Produced by DelawareO Staff Members:

  • Hannah Kern
  • Bud Klabaugh
  • Spenser Hickey
  • Stephen Evanko
  • Rocky VanBrimmer
  • CC Bargar “Special Assistant.”


First Friday – January 3, 2014 FREEze Fest

Main Street Delaware

Friday, January 3, 2014  6pm to 9pm.

Full, updated details here: