Perrysburg adds magic to First Friday

PERRYSBURG – Perrysburg Main Street’s ongoing First Friday summer series continues this week with the
inclusion of a photo booth, a little magic and several other activities in the downtown district.
The festival on Louisiana Avenue – which begins Friday at 6 p.m. and lasts until 9 that evening – will
feature live music from Johnny Reed and the House Rockers, street performer and juggler
"Hatch," children’s bounce houses, horse and carriage rides and a classic photo booth that
will be flown in from Cleveland. The Life Flight helicopter will land at 6 that evening, and city
vehicles will be on display throughout the event.
Additional children’s activities include a scavenger hunt and a paint-by-numbers chalk picture in the
parking lot behind Huntington Bank.
Organizers have also booked 13-year-old magician Eli Martin, the son of local magician Andrew Martin.
According to the family’s Web site, Eli began practicing magic at 18 months old and placed first in 2006
at the IBM International Brotherhood of Magicians. His act involves silks, canes and tap-dancing to
Broadway tunes.
"So far, we’ve completely outdone ourselves for this one," said Michael Liebenthal of the Main
Street organization.
Liebenthal said the festival series, typically held during the summer form May to October on the first
Friday of each month, was conceived three years ago as a way to promote the historic downtown area. It
is primarily supported by its sponsor Taylor Automotive Group.
Perrysburg Main Street Inc. is a designated Main Street program through the National Trust for Historic
Preservation and organized by Heritage Ohio.