Escalon Times - - FRONT PAGE - By MARG JACK­SON mjack­son@escalon­

The re­cent Cham­ber of Com­merce-spon­sored Sun­day in the Park drew sev­eral par­tic­i­pants and of­fered a num­ber of projects aimed at Father’s Day gift giv­ing.

Of­fered on the first Sun­day in June, the ac­tiv­i­ties in the city’s Main Street Park ranged from mak­ing fos­sils to dec­o­rat­ing handmade cards for the up­com­ing Father’s Day holiday.

William Hecht, a down­town busi­ness­man and Cham­ber mem­ber, helped kids cre­ate their own fos­sils, adding scal­lop and oys­ter shells to the goopy mix­ture, then al­low­ing it to dry. Af­ter that, it was bro­ken open to re­veal the ‘fos­sils’ en­cased in­side the piece.

Else­where, stick­ers, crayons, mark­ers and lit­tle bits of Escalon his­tory through pic­tures and in­for­ma­tion were avail­able at a ta­ble for use in creating handmade cards for dad.

Lo­cal singer Rich C. Olds pro­vided the en­ter­tain­ment, there were a hand­ful of clas­sic au­to­mo­biles on dis­play and free pop­corn and soda pro­vided by the Escalon His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety. The his­toric ca­boose was also open for self-guided tours and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Escalon Li­brary were on hand tak­ing sign-ups for the Sum­mer Read­ing Club and of­fer­ing a book give­away. Also avail­able was a sur­vey of what li­brary pa­trons would like to see of­fered at the lo­cal branch.

The Cham­ber of Com­merce hosts the Sun­day in the Park day sev­eral times dur­ing the year.


Un­der the guid­ance of Cham­ber mem­ber William Hecht, at left, youngsters take part in a ‘do it yourself’ fos­sil ac­tiv­ity at the re­cent Sun­day in the Park. It was one of many hands on projects that kids got to take home with them.

Hosted on the first Sun­day of June, the re­cent Sun­day in the Park fo­cused on prepa­ra­tions for Father’s Day, in­clud­ing this ta­ble where kids could make spe­cially de­signed cards for dad with a lit­tle bit of Escalon his­tory in­cluded.

Clas­sic cars were part of the day’s fes­tiv­i­ties at the Sun­day in the Park, with th­ese auto en­thu­si­asts also en­joy­ing some freshly popped pop­corn, cour­tesy of the Escalon His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety. From left, Bob Car­rere of Oak­dale, Larry New­comb of Val­ley Home and Bill Au­gusto of Escalon.

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