WADSWORTH — The dreary weather couldn’t keep the sweet teeth away. People bundled up and brought out the umbrellas to indulge Friday for the inaugural Chocolate Walk.
Many businesses and organizations downtown participated, including Ann’s Pastry Shop where staff served ice cream sundaes, The O’Neil Group had a candy bar, Mosaic Church served s’mores and cotton candy, and Wadsworth Brewing Company served chocolate beer.
While one could go and enjoy the restaurants downtown or do some shopping as per usual, many of the snacks and sweet treats offered by those involved with the Chocolate Walk were free.
Wadsworth resident Will Loeffler said his favorite part of the event was the “free food, while his wife, Carrie, said she enjoyed “the free chocolate. I liked the s’mores.”
The Chocolate Walk, as wall as the other First Friday events, are meant to bring people to the downtown area to eat, shop and come together as a community, according to Main Street Wadsworth Executive Director Adrianne Krauss.
“We unveiled the First Friday event series in 2018. It was an experiment to try and increase traffic to our downtown businesses and organizations,” Krauss said.
“This event series was invented to try and create a unique, once-a-month event with a different theme each time and see if the community would come out for it and they have,” said Krauss. “It’s been an absolute huge success.”
“Main Street Wadsworth actually reached out to us several months ago when it was a pirate theme,” said Amanda McFarland, who attends Mosaic Church. “So, we’ve just kind of been coming back ever since then.”
McFarland said that the church and its members really like participating in and helping at events with a theme. Worship pastor Jonathan Swaney and some of the children from the church dressed up as Willy Wonka and Oompa Loompas.
“Our favorite thing to do is themed things … we just thought the Willy Wonka people were the perfect fit,” said McFarland.
The final First Friday will be A Victorian Christmas on Dec. 7. For more information, visit https://mainstreetwadsworth.org/first-friday-2018.