Com­mu­nity Day set for Sun­day

An­nual event fea­tures ven­dors, games, food, mu­sic

Newark Post - - FRONT PAGE - By JOSH SHAN­NON jshan­non@ches­pub.com

Chil­dren’s games, food ven­dors, craft ven­dors, mu­si­cal per­for­mances and dozens of com­mu­nity groups will take over the Uni­ver­sity of Delaware Green on Sun­day for the 46th an­nual Com­mu­nity Day.

The pop­u­lar fes­ti­val is set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on The Green be­tween Main Street and Memo­rial Hall. Nearly 200 ven­dors are signed up.

“Lo­cal busi­nesses and non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions will gather on The Green to high­light their or­ga­ni­za­tion and en­gage the pub­lic with in­for­ma­tion about their mis­sion, ac­tiv­i­ties, vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties and more,” city spokes­woman Kelly Bach­man said. “Fine artists, crafters and retail busi­nesses will be sell­ing their cre­ations and wares through­out the day.”

Food ven­dors will line Delaware Av­enue, and a chil­dren’s area fea­tur­ing games and a scare­crow­mak­ing sta­tion will be near Memo­rial Hall.

A num­ber of mu­si­cal, dance and other per­for­mances are sched­uled through­out the day on two stages, one in front of Memo­rial Hall and one in front of Wolf Hall.

The main act is coun­try artist Devin Daw­son, who is best known for his sin­gle, “All on Me” and will per­form in front of Memo­rial Hall at 3:30 p.m.

The Devin Daw­son con­cert is or­ga­nized by the Havre de Grace, Md., ra­dio sta­tion WXCY, which has teamed up with the city for sev­eral years to bring upand-com­ing coun­try acts first to Ne­wark Nite and now to Com­mu­nity Day.

“That al­ways gets a big draw,” Recre­ation Su­per­in­ten­dent Paula En­nis said. “We’re look­ing for­ward to hear­ing Devin Daw­son.”

New this year will be curl­ing demon­stra­tions by the Di­a­mond State Curl­ing Club, the pub­lic works de­part­ment’s in­ter­ac­tive game to test at­ten­dees’ re­cy­cling knowl­edge and CPR demon­stra­tions by Aetna Hose Hook and Lad­der Co.

Many of the ven­dors, though, will be fa­mil­iar faces.

“The same things peo­ple have been en­joy­ing for years will be back,” En­nis said. “It’s a chance for fam­i­lies to come out and stroll around to see what op­por­tu­ni­ties are out there in the com­mu­nity.”

Com­mu­nity Day is free and open to the pub­lic. Free park­ing is avail­able at city-run lots on Main Street and be­hind UD’s Pear­son Hall on Haines Street.

Delaware Av­enue, be­tween South Col­lege Av­enue and Acad­emy Street, will be closed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

NE­WARK POST FILE PHOTO BY DAVID MELLON

Vol­un­teers Kaitlin Ap­ple­gate, Me­lanie Al­te­mus and Adri­anne Lopez en­ter­tain them­selves in the scare­crow-mak­ing area dur­ing last year’s Com­mu­nity Day.

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