ADRIAN – The unsung heroes of our home, our dogs, will be celebrated during downtown Adrian’s First Friday in August, which is today from 5 to 8 p.m. First Fridays today are themed “Dog Days of Summer.”
When Adrian “goes to the dogs,” the events include a pet parade, group photos, contests, and several opportunities to win prizes. Although First Friday events don’t start until around 5:30 p.m., several downtown streets will be closed from 2:30 p.m., according to a news release from the City of Adrian. Streets are expected to open to motorists around 11 p.m
The following streets and parking lots will be closed to the public:
- West Maumee street, from North Broad to North Winter streets.
- North Main Street, from East Church to East Front streets.
- Washburn Street, half a block off North Main Street.
- Toledo Street, half a block off North Main Street.
- Toledo Street Pavilion Parking Lot.
- Partial winter street parking closure behind Citizens Gas.
The animal parade lineup and group photo is at 5:30 p.m. behind The Wagley Group, 121 N. Main St., in the parking lot off North Winter Street. Registration is not required to have a dog in the parade, and costumes are not required, although they are encouraged. The pet parade is expected to begin at 6 p.m., with Adrian College mascot Bruiser, members of the college cheerleading squad and Siena Heights University mascot Halo leading the parade.
Animal contests start at 6:30 p.m. immediately following the parade on the grassy lot of the former Jean Christopher building at the corner of Winter and Maumee streets. This year’s costume contests are sponsored by the First Presbyterian Church of Adrian, with prizes donated by Tasty Treats of Adrian. Contest categories include best homemade costume, most original costume, cutest costume and funniest costume. Judges for the contest include Adrian Mayor Angie Sword Heath, veterinarian Mike Herr of the Adrian Animal Clinic and local dog trainer Ted Aranda.
First Presbyterian Church, 156 E. Maumee St., will also offer free snow cones and water. There will also be additional activities for pets.
A pie-eating contest presented by the Lenawee Humane Society and open to both people and their dogs is the final dog-themed event of the evening. There will be three categories of the eating contest: small dogs, medium dogs and large dogs with prizes for each category.
“Line up with your dog, grab a plate of whipped cream, wait for the green flag from one of the volunteers, then slide off to see which dynamic duo finishes first,” Wagley’s group said in a press release.
Presented by The Wagley Group, Lenawee Humane Society, First Presbyterian Church and several additional businesses in town, Pawsports can be stamped up to five times by 8 p.m. for a chance to win a Yeti prize pack or giveaway cards for downtown businesses. . Pawsports will also be available at the First Fridays Information Tent.
The Adrian Cruise-In Car Show, sponsored by Nova’s Soda Pop and Candy Shop, will be another highlight of the evening. Several bands and musicians will be performing throughout Adriano’s downtown and businesses:
- The Rusty Nail Band will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. Corner of South Main and Church Streets.
- The Midwest Homegrown Band will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. at South Main and Toledo streets.
- The Adrian Junior Majorettes will perform at 6:30 p.m. at the Four Corners downtown.
- Noah Martis will perform from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Mammoth Distilling, 108 E. Maumee St.
- Vinyl Night will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. Farver’s at the Croswell, 129 E. Maumee St.
- The Brick Wall Pub and Grub, 114 W. Maumee St., will have a live DJ from 7 to midnight.
- The Jim Rice Band will be at Hooligan’s Grill, 113 E. Maumee St.
- Club 109, 109 S. Main St., 9 p.m. the karaoke will start. Free games of pool will be played from 5 p.m. until midnight.
There will be free bounce houses for kids at the Toledo Street Pavilion, Food Trucks and Adrian City Market Pavilion. Adriano’s DARA social district, which is now open until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, giving patrons the chance to enjoy an adult beverage while strolling through downtown Hadrian.
The following businesses will have activities and special offers on First Fridays:
- Nova’s Soda Pop and Candy Shop, 105 E. Church St., 6:30 p.m. will feature a Hot Wheel car race along with free popcorn and the Funky Dawgs food truck.
- Brick Wall Pub and Grub, 114 W. Maumee St., will have $5 hot dog plates and 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Lenawee Humane Society.
- Chaloner and Co., 108 W. Maumee St., will be offering 20% off all countertop cutters. Customers who purchase any three cigars will receive one free cigar of their choice while supplies last.
- Chaloner Cigar House has a special Berry Basil Lemonade for $8.
- Musgrove and Co., 110 W. Maumee St., will offer free samples of drip coffee or house iced chai tea.
- Hilltop Counseling, 115 W. Maumee St., will host the M Society’s Pride Shop.
- The gallery game and a chance to win a $50 Pet Supplies Plus gift card can be played at the Gallery of Shops at 136 E. Maumee St.
- Downtown Dempsey’s will have outdoor seating for diners in the shopping arcade.
- Art will be on display and for sale at Pat Cooper Studios, 130 N. Refreshments will also be served.
- Passion 4 Fashion, 143 N, will be offering 15% off storewide, excluding Brighton items, 15% off and 70% off spring and summer clothing. Main St. Select sandals will be 50% off and soft drinks .
- Sass, 114 E. Maumee St., will be offering a special 25% discount on purses and wallets. Candles will be 30% off and the Lenawee Humane Society will be selling catnip mice.
- Bohmey Beauty, 128 N. Main St., will be offering 25% off all clothing and a Summer Sidewalk Sale with all items priced $15 or less. Makeup, clothes, etc. is part of a sidewalk sale.
- Herbal tea samples, $20-$15 chair massages and other items will be offered at Phoenix Rising, 101 W. Maumee St.
- Guest businesses Cypressene Fitness LLC and Restoration Massage will be available for purchase at Buzz Cafe and Market, 110 E. Maumee St. Customers will be able to receive a 10% discount on all purchases upon presentation of receipts from another downtown business.
- Tink and the Frog Yarn Shop, 117 N. Main St., will be having a 20% off sale for the month of August. class, plus 15% off summer yarn and 40% off yarn. Inside the store, there will be open tables for social sewing.
- While supplies last, dog-themed crafts will be offered at the Adrian District Library, 143 E. Maumee St. The Friends of the Adrian District Library will be hosting a Patterson Palooza on the main floor of the library, where all James Patterson and Robert North Patterson hardcover books will be $2.
- Ghidrah’s Mystic She Ways, 120 E. Maumee St., will offer tarot readings, natal charts and mini reiki sessions for the public and free dog treats for any dog.
- Bulldog shake samples will be available at Nutrition 365, 110 N. Main St. It will also offer $1 off any purchase.
- Mammoth Distilling, 108 E. Maumee St., will be serving cocktails to enjoy in the DARA area. Cocktails and spirits will be 20% off.
- In celebration of International Beer Day, Farver’s at the Croswell will be offering some discounts on all beer.
- Refreshments and conversation will be available at Re/Max Main Street Realty, 105 E. Maumee St.
- Celebration Title Group, 103 E. Maumee St., will host a grand opening party from 5 to 7 p.m., a ribbon cutting at 5:30 p.m. The new office will be open for refreshments and giveaways.
- Water and popcorn will be available for purchase at XSell Realty, 129 S. Main St. There will be drawings for lawn service gift certificates and gas gift cards.
- Spike the big brown dog will be at Good Life Tattoo Co., 127 S. Main St. Water and soft drinks will also be available for purchase. Temporary tattoos and face painting will be offered, and customers can enter a drawing to win $50 off their next $200 session.
- Adrian Moose Club, 111 S. Main St., will serve a pulled pork sandwich dinner with refried beans, coleslaw and dessert for $8 for lunch and $9 for takeout orders. There will also be $2 root beer floats.