Enjoy end of summer at Friday Squared

Thursday, August 12, 2010

This week, area families will have one more chance to enjoy a summer-time community event before children head back to school. The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce will host its final 2010 Friday Squared event on the square in Cassville on Friday, Aug. 13. The event will begin with a block party from 7 to 9 p.m. "Jumanji" will be shown on the square at 9 p.m.

The chamber-sponsored Friday Squared event held in July attracted nearly 300 community members who enjoyed sampling cuisine made by local restaurants, listening to live entertainment and socializing with friends and family. Area businesses and organizations also stepped up to offer fun activities for youngsters attending the event.

The August Friday Squared event promises to offer even more fun and entertainment. Barry County Connection band members Jay Bailey, Eli Stehlik, Rocky England, Tim Thompson and Ryan Preddy will once again offer two hours of musical entertainment on the downtown square. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs for the performance.

Community members will also have the opportunity to sample free homemade ice cream provided by Emmanuel Baptist Church, pick up a complimentary bag of potato chips at Chez Notre and quench their thirst with a free glass of lemonade provided by Commerce Bank. Several local restaurants will offer other concessions during the event.

The Cassville First Baptist Church (FBC), Kornerstone, the Cassville Branch Library and the Cassville YMCA will offer a variety of fun activities for children attending Friday Squared. In July, FBC provided balloon animals, hats and other accessories for youngsters of all ages. Children also waited in long lines to have their faces painted by members of the Kornerstone staff.

In addition to enjoying all of the activities that will be offered on the square, attendees will be encouraged to shop locally during the event. Many of the downtown businesses will offer special discounts and promotions during Friday Squared. This will give area residents an opportunity to take advantage of some great sales, as well as help support the local economy.

Local community members are encouraged to end their summer with a bang by participating in Friday Squared. The event will offer something for everyone, even those who just want to spend an evening on the square with friends.

Lindsay Reed