6th Annual Beer & Bacon

Saturday, August 21st, 2021
6:00PM – 10:00PM
San Carlo Room, Friend, NE

$25 Advance Tickets available at the Pour House
$30 at the Door

Ticket includes foods (all with the taste of bacon), entertainment, and $1 beers.

Music by Big Daddy Caleb & the Chargers
Foods with Bacon & Craft Beers

Fund Raiser by the Friend Historical Society for the Restoration of the Warren Opera House.

Sponsored in part by:

150 Celebration- Event Schedule!

We hope you can join us 4th of July weekend to celebrate Friend’s 150th Anniversary! We have a fun filled weekend of family friendly activities planned!

Saturday, July 3rd (San Carlo Room)
1:00PM Ray Page Recognition Ceremony
2:00PM – 3:00PM Friend Historic Pageant
3:00PM – 4:00PM Presentation/Self-Guided Historic Tour of Friend (Followed by Q & A)
4:00PM – 5:00PM Reminisce with Old Friends (Complimentary refreshments will be served)
– Sue McClain of Yesterday’s Lady will display a “Century of Fashion” from 1:00PM – 4:00PM
– Tours of the Warren Opera House 11:00AM – 12:30PM & 4:00PM – 6:00PM

Sunday, July 4th
2:00PM – 3:00PM Quilts of Valor (Sponsored by the Friend Legion) – San Carlo Room
3:30PM Dedication of Flagpole – Yokel Courtyard
4:00PM – 5:00PM History of Beer Presentation by Rachel Taylor – San Carlo Room
5:00PM – 8:00PM Accordion Jam
– Tours of the Warren Opera House 12:00PM – 1:30PM & 5:00PM – 7:00PM
– $5.00 Dinner Available from 5:00PM – 7:00PM in the San Carlo Room. Includes hot dog, chips, beans, & 150 Birthday Cake, Tea & Water.

Pour House Hours
Saturday, July 3rd: Bar 12:00PM – Closing, Kitchen 5:00PM – Closing
Sunday, July 4th: Lunch 11:30AM – 2:00PM, Bar 2:00PM – 8:00PM

2021 Golf Tournament

Our first annual golf tournament was a huge success! Thank you for everyone who came out to play, donated or volunteered their time! We couldn’t have asked for better weather and hope you all enjoyed yourselves! Proceeds from this event will go towards the Warren Opera House Restoration Project, be sure to keep an eye out for those improvements as they happen!
Check out the Gallery for more images!

Greg Holdren Lecture – Sunday, March 21, 2021

Greg Holdren has been a 40+ year resident of Friend, NE. During this time he retired from teaching art at the Friend Public School and painted buildings not only in Friend but much of the surrounding area. He leaves his mark in Dorchester, Crete, Lincoln, Fairbury, Exeter, Fairmont, Grand Island, etc. He will share pictures of 80+ of his works during his presentation. Join the Friend Historical Society in this send off to Greg.

Greg painting on Friend’s main street.

Four Youth Camps for Summer Fun!


ALL CAMPS HELD IN SAN CARLO ROOM, 511 Second St, Friend, NE 68359

REGISTRATION – $10 Per class! See class times and descriptions below:

JUNE 10th 

CODE CAMP (10AM to 12PM)  – Youth age 8 and older.  Learn introductory computer science through coding in a game environment.  If you can read, you can code! Youth learn critical thinking, logic, creativity, and persistence which helps students excel at problem solving in all subjects.  CALL 402-821-2151 to sign up.

Youth age 8 and older. Learn how a 3D printer works and have an opportunity to modify an existing 3D print design.  The 3D prints will be delivered to the Extension Office once they are printed.  CALL 402-821-2151 to sign up.

JUNE 17th

ROBOTICS CAMP (10AM to 12PM) (ONLY 10 SPACES AVAILABLE) – Youth age 8 and older. LEGO (R) MINDSTORMS (R) gives you the power to create and command your own LEGO (R) robot.  By combining LEGO (R) elements with a programmable brick, motors, and sensors, you will learn to build your robot and program it to move. CALL 402-560-1126 to sign up.

Youth age 8 and older.  Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) are necessary skills for the future.  Join us for a fun STEM challenge.  Build the best volleyball machine with provided materials to win the volleyball machine competition.  CALL 402-560-1126 to sign up.


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