By Keith Knepp
SYRACUSE — The June edition of Syracuse’s “Last Friday” event enjoyed warm summer temperatures last evening as visitors to the event were treated to vendors, displays, free snacks and two free shows. The evening’s activities were organized by the Syracuse-Wawasee Chamber of Commerce.
Taking place from 6-7:30 p.m.. at the corner of Dolan and West Main streets, the evening’s family-friendly entertainment shows were presented by Main on Main Improv Troupe, consisting of talented comedic actors Todd Lucas, Stephen Leininger, Ian Crighton and Chuck Brindle. In the spirit of the popular television show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” the quartet performed various skits based on suggestions and cues provided by the audience, including many children.
Free popcorn and water was distributed by RE/MAX Partners of Syracuse, to the delight of the many who partook. Informational booths were set up Kosciusko Community Hospital, Lakeland Youth Center and the Syracuse Parks Department, each offering some combination of giveaways, kids games and crafts..
Blue Barn Berry Farm offered a variety of goodies for sale, including fresh vegetables, baked goods and kettle corn. For $1, children had the opportunity to have their photo taken with one of the birds brought to the event by Fur & Feather Bible Tails.
Attendees also had the opportunity to purchase a $100 raffle ticket for a chance to win a trio of items, including a 2011 custom Harley Davidson trike, trailer and a 2003 Harley Davidson anniversary special edition Ford F1-150 truck. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit Joe’s Kids, a Warsaw-based non-profit organization providing therapies for special kids in Kosciusko county. For further information about the raffle, call Les Reimer at (260) 609-5609.
The next Last Friday event will take place Friday, July 31, with the theme “Back to School.” For further information on the planned event, call the Syracuse-Wawasee Chamber of Commerce at (574) 457-5637.