Anna and I love to go downtown and just check out things.
Her birthday was March 25th and with Easter weekend and
lots of planned stuff, we finally got to celebrate on First Friday
The big theme for this month downtown is: We have a professional
Lacrosse team that is seen on national t.v.! They had a Pep Rally
atmosphere while we crossed the street to go eat at Opa’s Grill and
Tavern. (Her choice for birthday fare!) We ordered traditional Greek
lamb gyros with combination of potatoes. She ordered the special
lemon potatoes which are three slices of skinned and cooked potatoes
with a lemon garlic sauce with parmesan sprinkled on them. The
server, Brittany, said they are like mashed potatoes because they are
cooked long and become tender. Her side order was delicious!
I ordered a nice order of “Fair fries” that are with the skin on and
quickly cooked in oil. They actually were less greasy than fair fries
so I really enjoyed them. I ordered extra garlic sauce to complete my
Once were finished with dinner, my youngest daughter came by the
window and waved. We had sat close by there, because the block was
closed off from traffic on South Sandusky Street and the action was
happening. Cheerleaders, some laser tag games, the OWU mascot
of the Battling Bishops and a lemon or pineapple costumed person
was running around with all the kids in the street.
My daughter came inside and ordered a PBR with a slice of lime and a
water since she had been out running. (Pabst Blue Ribbon for possible
readers from another country is served here on tap and not too bad of
a basic beer here.) We had Anna order a birthday shot with a long Greek
name that had cream floating on the top. She passed on baklava which
I would have happily eaten! (My big sweet tooth!)
We ended up, Anna and I, circling the whole downtown to see the new
Gourmet Hot Dog Restaurant that is now serving in the old Nectar
Candyland building. It is a shame that we could not have sustained that
delicious place that was amazing! We went inside a nice place called Buttons
Up where local artists show their wares. We went into Global Village to see
the international handiworks that are displayed so colorfully and beautifully.
We like to look and often buy clothing items at Toujours Consignment shop.
We checked out the windows in all three antique shops and listened to the
homey sounds of the country group that is always in one of the shops singing.
The three large and well kept antique stores are: DPS Antiques, Sandusky
Street Antiques and Delaware Antique Mall.
The whole cast of the upcoming Hayes High School production of “Hello
Dolly!” were circling around town in their full costumes and makeup. Beautiful
pastelled dresses on the women and old fashioned striped summer jackets on
the men. If anyone from this area is reading this, I will put the dates now of
the shows: weekend of April 25, 26 and 27th. Friday and Sat. shows are quickly
sold out for 7:30 p.m so hurry to contact (740)-833-1010. Sunday shows are 2 p.m.
and also 7:30. Made me so nostalgic for my high school theatre days!
I start to think about that for a moment and reminisce with Anna about one of my
favorite high school activities. We ended up sitting inside the Something Sweet
Coffee shop that used to be known as the Mean Bean. We ordered turtle cookies
from the barrister and Anna had a white mocha coffee and I had a straight coffee
with a shot of vanilla, extra cream and sugar. We perched on the stools along the
bench that runs along the length of the place to watch from a now warmer location
all the comings and goings of the closed block.
We saw Amato’s was running a brisk business with their oven fired pizzas and other
Italian food and that Brooklyn Heights had a fire roaring that faces the town square
fountain. People were milling and enjoying all the festivities and we were happy to
have had the chance to catch up.
Next weekend, Bill who has done quite a few First Fridays over the years of our good
friendship, had graciously moved our once a month meal out. We will have to see
what that special time will consist of and I will let you know of any other happenings
around this ‘neck of the woods!”