Summer events are far from over in Reynoldsburg, despite the fact school starts Thursday, Aug. 16.
Families can venture out to the second Saturday Night in Old Reynoldsburg on Aug. 18 and will be able to nosh on a free ear of corn at the first Farmers Market Corn Roast.
An eye patch, bandanna and earring could be appropriate for the city's second Saturday Night in Old Reynoldsburg since the theme of the Aug. 18 event is "Pirate Night."
Jennifer Clemens, special-events and media coordinator, said the free event from 5 to 8 p.m. at the community mural at Lancaster and East Main Street near Vick's Pizza, will feature live music from Lords of Literature and food and drink specials from Vick's and Prost Beer and Wine Cafe.
She said the city will close off Lancaster Avenue from Main Street to Broadwyn Road from 2:45 p.m. to 9 p.m.
"At the last event, we encouraged residents to park at City Hall," she said. "It is a short walk to the event and a great opportunity to visit some of the businesses that are open that evening."
Firefighters from the Truro Township Fire Department will attend and the Reynoldsburg K-9 unit is expected, featuring new recruit puppies Summit and Raider.
Clemens said stations for tie-dyeing T-shirts, a bounce house, games and other activities also will be available.
The city's first Saturday Night in Old Reynoldsburg event was held in June; it had a luau theme.
"When we first started planning these events, we put our focus on creating family-friendly events for the community," parks and recreation department director Donna Bauman said.
She said family-friendly pirate costumes would be welcome at the Aug. 18 event.
Kid-friendly activities include a pirate ship ring toss and dressing in pirate bandannas and fake tattoos.
Clemens said local merchants will offer special deals that night, such as pizza from Vick's, ice cream from the Sweet Tooth Truck, drinks from Prost and funnel cake from the Masonic Lodge.
The Reynoldsburg-Truro Historical Society will hold an open house the same night at its museum, 1485 Jackson St.
Clemens said more Saturday events in Old Reynoldsburg would be planned next summer.
"The last event was a huge success," she said. "The biggest takeaway was that there was room to do more, and that is exactly what we have done for this event.
"We have more businesses and civic organizations involved for the Aug. 18 event that will add to the experience."
Clemens said the Farmers Market Corn Roast, which will become an annual event, is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 6 at the farmers market at 1520 Davidson Drive in Huber Park.
"We wanted to say thank you to the community for supporting our market and local farmers by treating them to a good old-fashioned corn roast," she said. "Heartland Bank was excited to hear about the idea and offered to sponsor the event so we could make this free to the community."
Members of the Reynoldsburg Lions Club will grill fresh corn from market vendor Wishwell Farms over a charcoal fire, Clemens said.
"We also will set up additional tables so that people can have a seat and enjoy their free ear of corn and music by the Shaw Brothers and other fall activities," she said.
Bauman said she appreciates the sponsors of the city events.
"We are so lucky to have such great civic associations and businesses in Reynoldsburg that believe in giving back to their community," she said.
Clemens said the corn roast is designed to bring the community together for fun and food.
"This event is special to me because of the personal relationships I have built with the community members that come to the market and share the vision of supporting local farmers," she said.
"This is really just about saying thank you and enjoying some delicious corn."