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Year's first First Friday

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    Wadsworth residents line up to make snowflakes out of beads and pipe cleaners as well as snowmen made out of marshmallows, pretzels and chocolate chips. The crafts and snacks were provided by Mosaic Church in Wadsworth.

    Alyssa Alfano

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WADSWORTH — While the winter season brings a lot of fun things like the holidays and snow-centered fun, some might say that “winter bites.”

Main Street Wadsworth captured this theme at Friday’s First Friday event, which kicked off the 2019 First Friday season.

Adrianne Krauss, executive director of Main Street Wadsworth, was the one behind the theme, according to Lisa Doyle, events and marketing coordinator.

“She is one that hates being cold,” said Doyle. “Food is also one of the things that can for sure drive people downtown. So, putting together her hate of the cold and knowing that people love food helped come up with the ‘Winter Bites.’”

Many local businesses provided snowman-themed treats and baked goods while others provided some festive activities.

Spring Mill Farms, in Brunswick, brought reindeer to show off at the event and Mosaic Church in Wadsworth offered crafts — including snowflakes made out of beads and pipe cleaners — as well as snow cones and the opportunity to take photos with church members who were dressed up as characters from the Walt Disney hit movie “Frozen.”

“I try to be here as often as I can because I just love it,” said Lisa Barton, who was helping members of Mosaic Church facilitate some of the activities.

The group also provided snow cones and marshmallow snowmen with pretzel arms and chocolate chip buttons that kids could construct themselves.

“We always have so much fun just getting to interact with the community and to just offer free family stuff for people to do,” said Barton.

Mosaic Church has been helping with the First Friday events since September.

This is the second year for Main Street Wadsworth’s popular monthly event.

Since introduced last January, thousands have descended upon Wadsworth’s historic downtown 5-9 p.m. the first Friday of each month for events ranging from “Pirate Palooza” to a “Wine, Cheese and Jazz Stroll.”

Some of the highest-attended First Fridays have brought between 1,500 and 2,500 people downtown, making it an excellent way to get visitors into the downtown business district.

Wadsworth resident Dani Wiggins said she comes to the First Friday events because she loves them. She added that the cold wouldn’t keep her away.

“As soon as we started posting stuff about it (on Facebook) it really exploded with comments and interest,” said Doyle. “We even tried to do a New Year’s resolution — can you make it to all 12 First Fridays in 2019?”

Contact reporter Alyssa Alfano at aalfano@medina-gazette.com.

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