Summertime is usually a busy time for anyone; it usually means vacations, ball games, summer camps and other activities for the kids. As an adult with a small child, (not quite 2; too small for most activities yet) my husband and I often find ourselves looking for summer activities to get us out of the house that we can do with our little girl.
We moved back to Osage last summer, beginning of June, right when Friday Nights Out were kicking off. My father had taken up a business as a vendor and Friday Nights Out were one of his gigs. While we had just relocated, I volunteered to help him out.
This was a time I realized how much I had missed being in Osage and how glad I was to be back. I looked around and saw a community that came together to support organizations that are imperative to our city. Sunny Brae and the Warhawks’ 4-H group provides beverages. Tropical Sno had plenty of cold treats to keep you cool – and there were mini donuts, a treat typically reserved for fairs & carnivals. The Osage Lions Club always has AMAZING dinner options such as pulled pork or turkey sandwiches.
You’ve probably seen the big bounce house and the kiddie train riding around City Park. The Jr. Roller Derby team has volunteered their time to monitor/operate both of those for us as they work to raise funds for their organization. Osage Community Daycare always brings a lot of games for kids of all ages to play which are always such a big hit.
The part I really take notice in, though – was our emergency personnel – Osage Fire and Police Departments – both coming out to provide games and truck rides for the kids. They don’t just show up, either – they come out and you can genuinely tell they enjoy providing the fun for the kids. This tells me exactly how lucky we are to live in a community whose members are so willing to volunteer their time to provide a fun night out for the whole family.
So, if you haven’t made it out yet – I highly recommend checking it out. For those who have, thank you – and I hope you continue to come out! The Osage Chamber of Commerce has been able to do this event because of these organizations in the community – and those who support it by coming out. Our next event is July 28th from 5:30 to 9:30 in City Park.
Summer is here! With that comes all of the activities and events Osage has to offer.
Summer Treasures Fest was just a few weeks ago, along with our first Downtown Farmers Market of the summer. We had nearly 20 vendors set up in the Art's Shoes and Home Trust Bank parking lots this year for Summer Treasures Fest! If you didn't have a chance to check out the Farmer's Market and would like to, they will be set up in the parking lot off 7th and State Streets the first Saturday of each month until September from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m.
Independence Day will be here soon and all of the activities for people of all ages. The Osage Education Association is holding their annual On the Run for Education 5K & 1 mile run-walk at 7:30 on July 4th. 10 a.m. is when the parade will make its way through town. 11 a.m. will begin the 61st Annual Town & Country BBQ at the CRC Events Center. If you have children to entertain, from 12:30 - 2 p.m. there are FREE kids activities at the Mitchell County Fairgrounds. Extreme Bull Riding kicks off at 2:00 p.m., presented by the Mitchell County Rodeo Association.
Mitchell County Conservation Club has so many activities going on this summer - Project AWARE is kicking off July 10th through the 14th in effort to clean up the Cedar River. Also in July are their Discovery Day Camps. They will also be hosting a Stargazing event at the New Haven Potholes on August 12th which is a free event!
Something new and exciting for Osage this summer - Cedar Summerstock Theatre is bringing 4 performances to the Cedar River Complex! The first production is Jesus Christ Superstar and will run from June 29th through July 9th. Then they will present James and the Giant Peach July 13th through July 23rd, The Music Man July 27th through August 6th. The final performance will include the Best of Broadway Revue and will run August 10th through August 12th. You can get your tickets at www.cedarsummerstock.org.
There are many more events going on that I hope to blog about more throughout the summer - you can also follow us on facebook and twitter where we will be promoting a lot of these community events.
Osage Chamber of Commerce