Posted by: mollyrossiter | February 16, 2009

Catch 419

catch-419-b2I really wish there were places like this when I was younger.

Visual journalist Jonathan Woods and I stopped in at the new Christian youth hangout Catch 419 to talk with the kids and organizers. I had been there once before, when it was closed, to talk to the center’s founder, Wava Meyer, but was still in awe of what was happening during business hours.

There were teens — lots of them — playing pool, chatting, dancing, listening to the live band, playing board games and just, well, hanging out.

The center, at 1120 7th Ave., in Marion, is open now on Friday and Saturday nights from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., but Wava hopes to have enough volunteers on hand soon to open it after school during the week. She hopes the live music — usually local bands or ensembles from area churches — will continue for the weekend nights.

The teens I talked to were excited about the new place.

“I’d rather come here than go to a football or basketball game,” Morgan Dunshee, 16, from Marion shouted over the live music. “It’s just really fun.”

See my story later this week in The Gazette, as well as photos from Jonathan. Then go to our Web site to see video of the music, the kids and interviews that Jonathan put together.

Both photos here are from Jonathan’s collection from Feb. 6.




  1. […] Molly, a reporter with the Gazette, features Catch 419 a new Christian hangout place for teens in Cedar […]

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