I am going to start featuring a collection of community events around my area, starting with Marysville. I am not really sure what else to call these monthly/weekly/yearly-community-events, but they happen all over Central Ohio suburbs & small towns, so I am calling them “Neighborhood Nights”.
Photos walking through the Uptown
Last Friday I went to my first Marysville Uptown Friday Night! My good friend Donald is from Marysville, & invited me & our friend Sarah to Uptown Friday Night. Marysville has more of a country feel & is about forty minutes northwest of Columbus. I did not really know what to expect because I had only been to Marysville one other time for a planning meeting. The theme to this Uptown night was “Wine & Jazz” — there were opportunities to buy tickets for wine tasting & jazz music playing throughout the night. I had expected this event to occur within the streets of the Uptown (like how the Grandview Hop does on Grandview Avenue or like Gallery Hop in the Short North), but it actually occurred on a blocked off street on the outside of the Uptown (right by the Union County Courthouse). This street had tents & food trucks lining the way on both sides with music at the end. It was packed for a small street! There were many options for food on this block, like cupcakes, hot dogs from Dan’s Deli, pierogies, ice cream, fair-food, & others. Most people participated in the wine tasting, where they got an Uptown Friday Night wine glass. People sat & watched the music in tents or in the grass in front of the Courthouse. There was even a kids area on one side of the Courthouse where kids could get their hair painted & play games. We mostly socialized, ate food, & my friends did the wine tasting. We ended our night with ice cream from Farmhouse Ice Cream Parlor in the uptown — which was very tasty & a great ending to our night.
Photos of Uptown Friday Night
Here’s my friends & I at the end of the night
This picture is not great because it was getting kind of dark, but it is my favorite building in the Uptown. I love the stain glass windows & it stands out from all of the other buildings. It looks vacant right now. I’m hoping that we can get a tour of the inside with Donald knowing people in the city.
I really enjoyed going to Uptown Friday Night & would definitely go back to see another theme. I think I will go to the Westerville Fourth Friday & the Grandview Hop next! Do you have any favorite Neighborhood Nights in your area?