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Mini Festival In Uptown Maumee Celebrates End Of School Year, Start Of Summer

Food trucks are coming back to uptown Maumee with Summer Nights in Maumee: School’s Out! The event will celebrate the end of a long school year and the kickoff of summer. In addition to food trucks, live entertainment and vendors with kids’ activities will also be on hand.
Sam Schrinel, of Maumee, is excited to get a new book, courtesy of the Maumee Branch Library, which will again be on hand with free books and activities at the School’s Out! event next weekend in uptown Maumee.
Megan MacCariella (right), paints a butterfly on Amanda Ruehl of Maumee. At this year’s School’s Out! event, Elizabeth Wayne Preschool will offer face painting. MIRROR PHOTOS BY NANCY GAGNET

BY NANCY GAGNET | MIRROR REPORTER — The end of the school year often signals the beginning of summer fun.

To help kick off the start of summer, the Maumee Uptown Business Associa-tion (MUBA) will host Summer Nights in Maumee: School’s Out! – a new event in uptown Maumee that will take place on Friday, May 31.

“We’re bringing what is essentially a mini pop-up festival to uptown Maumee as a way to bring the community together after a long school year and have a lot of fun just hanging out for the evening,” said event organizer Jason Mendelsohn, who also owns Jacky’s Depot. 

Thus far, the food trucks on hand include Leaf and Seed, Beastro Burger, Lyle’s Crepes, Jeannie’s Comfort Food and Jimmy G’s BBQ. Georgette’s will also be on hand with delicious coffee and tea.

Several vendors will also be there with fun activities for the kids, including Sunshine Studios, which will host a squirt gun art booth. Elizabeth Wayne Preschool will offer face painting; and for those who want a brief blast of hue, Wildflower Salon will provide temporary hair color. The Maumee Branch Library will provide free books and a craft and staff from the Maumee police and fire departments will be on hand with activities and information for the kids.

Live entertainment will also take place, courtesy of musician Brad Billmaier.

School supplies will be collected for charity. Anyone donating a gently used or new school supply item will receive a prize, Mendelsohn said.

“There’s going to be food trucks, there’s going to be activities for the kids, there’s going to be music – there will be something for everybody,” he said.

MUBA is comprised of more than 70 businesses and organizations.

Summer Nights in Maumee: School’s Out! will take place on Friday, May 31 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the 100 block of West Dudley Street, where the Maumee Summer Fair Taste of Maumee takes place. 

The event is free and open to the public.

For information about the event, please contact Jason Mendelsohn at (419) 260-2400 or jmendelsohn80@gmail.com, or visit www.maumeeuptown.com.

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