Weekend Guide | First Friday puts spotlight on ‘hidden spaces’ in downtown


Downtown Delaware-goers will have an easier time finding Clay Media Group’s space of creativity at First Friday.

The second-floor office space at 10 1/2 N. Sandusky St., Suite 200, will be among about a dozen spaces, not always open to the public, that Main Street Delaware plans to showcase.

“I want to share it with everyone,” said owner Josh Fronduti. He started his video production business about a decade ago and relocated it from his former Columbus home to Powell and finally to downtown.

He wanted his work to be located near his home in Delaware, where his family moved to in 2008. He also likes to connect with people being an extrovert.

“I love old buildings,” he added. When he renovated his space in 2014, Fronduti exposed the brick walls and repainted to create an industrial-feel that was warm and welcoming. His goal is to make it a destination in downtown, having already offered the space for college students to study and for people to take their wedding photos.

It’s also where Fronduti works on video projects for large organizations such as sports broadcast network ESPN and local ones such as the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office.

Sponsored by Ohio Living Sarah Moore and Performance Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Delaware, Main Street Delaware’s self-guided “Hidden Spaces” tours will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 2.

Other businesses and properties include the third-floor (former ballroom) above Sandusky Street Antiques; the second floors of the Strand Theatre, Toujours, Barley Hopsters, and Breakaway Cycling; the basements of The Greater Gouda and Coffeeology; the office space of Clay Media Group; and Ohio Wesleyan University’s Slocum Hall and Richard M. Ross Art Museum, which is displaying an exhibit of art quilts.

Tickets for the tours are $10 per person, with children 12 and under admitted free. Tickets are available online at www.mainstreetdelaware.com or in person at The Greater Gouda, 12 N. Sandusky St., Delaware. Tickets — and maps for all ticket holders — will be available after 5 p.m. on First Friday at the Main Street Delaware office, 20 E. Winter St., Delaware.

All tour sites will be designated by balloons and hosted by Main Street Delaware volunteers able to share some of each location’s rich history. Proceeds from the evening will support Main Street Delaware’s efforts to preserve and promote the city’s historic downtown.

Josh Fronduti poses at his office space, 10 1/2 N. Sandusky St., Suite 200, in downtown Delaware. Main Street Delaware will showcase it for First Friday on June 2.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2017/05/web1_DSC_0096.jpgJosh Fronduti poses at his office space, 10 1/2 N. Sandusky St., Suite 200, in downtown Delaware. Main Street Delaware will showcase it for First Friday on June 2. Brandon Klein | The Gazette

By Brandon Klein

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• Sun & Moon Poetry Festival, Delaware, all Saturday. The first-of-its-kind festival will have a slate of activities throughout the city. There will be a free eco-poetry workshop from 10 a.m. to noon at the Delaware library, 84 E. Winter St. The Stratford Ecological Center, 3083 Liberty Road, will host a benefit poetry event with tickets at $5 per person or $10 per family with proceeds to benefit the nonprofit. The Perkins Observatory will have its fourth annual cosmos-related poetry reading from 8 to 10 p.m. with tickets at $10 per person and can be ordered at 740-363-1257. Proceeds benefit the observatory.

• Outdoor movie night, New Beginnings United Methodist Church, 2163 State Route 37, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday. The church will show “A Dog’s Purpose” film at its new location and will provide snacks and refreshments.

• Theo Perry Live, Blend of Seven Winery, 1400 Stratford Road, Delaware, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday. The talented musician plays original and familiar covers songs from Motown and Classic Rock. For information, go to www.blendofsevenwinery.com/events.html.

Email your event to [email protected].


Friday & Saturday

Wonder Woman (PG-13): [2 p.m.], 5 p.m., 8 p.m.,

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (PG-13): [2:15 p.m.], 5:15 p.m., 8:15 p.m.

Baywatch (R): [2:30 p.m.], 5:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m.

Note: Times in [brackets] are Saturday ONLY.


Wonder Woman (PG-13): 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (PG-13): 1:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m.

Baywatch (R): 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

Gazette reporter Brandon Klein can be reached by email or on Twitter at @brandoneklein.

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