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.