Last Saturday night there was “A Thing Downtown.”
Akron’s own little market square popped into existence right outside the Coffee Pot Café, on the southwest corner of the Akron-Summit County Public Library’s Main Library. The weather was perfectly warm, breezy and easy on everyone, as residents watched the activities from the outdoor amphitheater.
Inside the café, you could order a snack, a meal, or a cup of coffee served hot or cold, watch painter Jeremy B. Jenkins work on his new painting, or talk to found-art artist Jean Henriott Trawick.
Outside, Crafty Mart vendors had tables laden with all sorts of feel good, do good stuff for you to buy, look at, or try. Laura Rose, a children’s author, was on hand to sign her books, “Butterfly Crossing” and “Little White Kitty.”
The Stray Dog Cart served up hot dogs in nearly any way you wanted them. There was no way anyone was going to go home hungry.
The illusion of the market square was enhanced by the sounds of live music being played at the bottom of the outdoor amphitheater. The voice of Blue Green, the night’s master of ceremonies, introduced each act with humor and wit. Musicians Jonathan James Smith, Jeri Sapronetti and Chris Miller entertained the gathering crowd, along with performers representing the International Institute, who danced barefoot on the warm pavement. Copper Pennies, a beloved local band, played until the sky was dark enough for what came next.
Free Akron Outdoor Movies’ showing of Pee Wee’s Big Adventure on the big screen could be viewed from both sides of Main Street. Everyone driving, biking, walking or skating by caught a piece of the action.
The event drew all kinds of folks to gather for the evening. “This was a huge success! We’re already planning Another Thing Downtown for October,” said David DiDomenico, the Coffee Pot Café’s owner. “We hope to put on ‘Another Thing Downtown’ on Saturday, Oct. 3 to coincide with The Coffee Pot Café’s regular monthly Board Game Night & ArtWalk. We are also planning to show another Free Akron Outdoor Movie. Perhaps a certain 1989 classic starring Fred Savage.”