ADDISON – Addison is the place to be every Thursday night with free concerts, food vendors, a car and motorcycle show and a craft fair.
Rock ‘N Wheels night is every Thursday in July from 6 to 9 p.m. on the Village Green in Addison. Each night has its own theme, with food and musical performances by local artists. June 27 was named Specialty Night, a free-for-all night without a theme.
The events are organized and brainstormed by the Community Relations Department, Director of Community Relations Donald Weiss said.
“We know people are looking for entertainment close to home in the summer,” he said.
Weiss said the events are not just for Addison residents, but also for those who don’t live in Addison and want to learn about the town.
Specialty Night had food from 601 Bar and Grill, JD Muggs, Alta Villa Banquets and Uncle Harry’s. Also present at the event was musical artist Joe Kalish and the five-piece pop band Paparazzi.
Because of a storm that blew through Addison, Specialty Night was in sparse attendance in the beginning. Although the numbers for the car show were few, there was one mobile that stuck out among the cruisers.
John Kruse took four months to build a motorized Radio Flyer wagon complete with a dice-shaped gear lever. Kruse said he always takes his wagon to the Addison Rock ‘N Wheels nights.
When asked why he made the machine, he said, “It was a long winter.”
The young, the old, neighbors and strangers joined together to enjoy a fun-filled night. Among them was Chris Mikos, his wife, Christina, and his daughters, Lauren, 5, and Jillian, 3. The Mikos family tries to come to the Rock n’ Wheels nights.
“I love when they have the cars and bikes,” Chris Mikos said.
“I love having everyone gathering together.”