NEW TROY — The third New Troy Strawberry Social was held Sunday, July 11, behind the New Troy Community Center featuring good company, live music by the Down on the Dock big band from nearby New Carlisle, and strawberry shortcake provided by Classic Catering.

The event centers around an Amish-built gazebo presented to the community in 2018 as a gift from the Boyd family to honor the memory of Allan Boyd (1925-2017). The initial Strawberry Social (held on July 8, 2018) served as a celebration of Boyd’s many contributions to New Troy.

During the 2019 social, Lorraine Hanover noted that “the family plans to do this every year as a gift to the community.”

The pandemic paused the new tradition for a year, but the Strawberry Social was back in 2021.

Brett Boyd (Al Boyd’s son and owner of Classic Catering) said “Dad’s idea was to have a gazebo here at the Community Center where music could play and people could come here on a Sunday afternoon, he just thought that was the greatest idea. He loved strawberry shortcake and ice cream floats.”

Terry Hanover of the Friends of New Troy said the Strawberry Social “is such a wonderful way to bring the community back together.”

Allan Boyd grew up in New Troy and attended New Troy High School, which sat on the site of the current New Troy Township Park. As a young man, he owned a garage in the center of town. Later in life, he became Township Supervisor and remained a prominent figure in local politics for many years. His reminiscences of the town were featured in the local documentary, “New Troy: The Center of the World.”

Classic Catering will be back at the Community Center from 4 to 8 p.m. July 23 when the Friday night outdoor FoNT (Friends of New Troy) Market will debut.

Along with wares offered by local farmers, artists, crafters, creators, and collectors, live music and outdoor games, Classic Catering will bring a New Troy classic back to town – Old Mill Run’s Taco Night.

For $8, patrons will receive three hardshell seasoned ground beef tacos, with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, sour cream, and salsa. Taco Night tickets may be purchased online at www.friendsofnewtroy.org, or at the Friends of New Troy Community Center Library during regular hours (Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon, and Monday-Friday 5:30 to 7 p.m.).

Live music will be performed in the Allan Boyd Memorial Gazebo, with surrounding outdoor seating areas providing an environment for all ages to gather with friends. Outdoor activities and games will also be offered.

Going forward, FoNT Markets will held on the fourth Friday of the month, through October. All proceeds from booth rentals will benefit the Friends of New Troy Community Center, where volunteers come together to “create a community, one neighbor at a time.” Friends of New Troy is a non-profit 501(c)3.

Vendor applications are available online and in the Community Center. For more information, please contact friendsofnewtroymarket@gmail.com or leave a message at (269) 426-3909.

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