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Hot chocolate challenge the theme of frigid First Friday in Wadsworth

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    Main Street Wadsworth Executive Director Adrianne Krauss and Wadsworth City Councilman Tom Stugmyer place signs with American flags denoting a business is open for Main Street Wadsworth First Friday.

    NATHAN HAVENNER / GAZETTE

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Despite temperatures hovering around 5 degrees, Main Street Wadsworth Executive Director Adrianne Krauss was confident the very first Wadsworth First Friday event would be a success.

“It is an indoor event, and the walk from business to business is very short so people can grab a hot chocolate and warm up inside of a business and then move on to the next one,” Krauss said.

The theme of the event was “Hot Cocoa Crawl,” and 13 businesses competed for the title of best hot chocolate of the night, Krauss said.

The event was the first in a series that will take place the first Friday of each month in Wadsworth’s historic downtown in an effort to raise awareness of the downtown businesses and create a shop-local culture in Wadsworth. More than 25 local businesses opted to keep the lights burning a little longer on Friday, remaining open throughout the evening’s festivities.

David Cordas, owner of David Cordas World of Watercolor Art, 110 High St., said he would be doing a whiskey painting demonstration, and feels he owes it to the people of the town to participate in the new event.

“We want to support the downtown and what they are doing,” said Cordas. “I have been in business here for over 20 years, so I owe it to the people to be here even if one person comes in that is interested it is worth it.”

The Wadsworth Area Historical Society also was open during the event, offering hot chocolate and warm S’mores to those braving the cold at its Johnson House Museum, 161 High St.

Historical Society curator Fran Wiedey said the society opens up anytime there is an event downtown.

“We would like to have more people come in, we would like them to bring their children, that is why we are setting up activities for the kids,” said Wiedey.

Thanks to the close proximity of the businesses participating, visitors did not have far to walk between participating locations.

Sydney Grey said she wanted to both support the event and get some good hot chocolate.

“I heard there was going to be a hot chocolate competition,” said Grey. “The live music was interesting, too. I wanted to see who was going to come out.”

Grey said she thinks she will check out the future First Friday events in Wadsworth.

“I think it is a great way for people to come out downtown and keep downtown lively even when it is a little cold outside,” she said.

Contact reporter Nathan Havenner at (330) 721-4050 or nhavenner@medina-gazette.com.



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