Time to start putting this summer’s village events on the calendar

29 Apr

We have two months’ worth of calendars on our refrigerator — this month and next month, of course. Today my husband noted, with something that sounded like disbelief in his voice, that we can officially erase April and replace it with June.

As busy as the end of the school year is for all of us (especially this year when I have a high school senior, college senior and graduate student all graduating), summer is even worse. I’ve already got half a dozen June events scribbled on various pieces of scrap paper, waiting to take their spots on the June calendar.  I have to get them written down somewhere fast or they’re going to start pushing each other out of the corners of my brain.

I’m sure many of you understand. So as a community service, here is a (fairly) comprehensive list of this summer’s village events so you can get them on your calendars ASAP and not miss any of them. I’ll write more about each one as the dates approach, but in the meantime, here are some basics:

* This Saturday, village merchants will be out in force for the first-ever Spring Sidewalk Sale. Look for sale tables all along Main Street from 11 am to 2 pm, and get some great bargains. Rumor has it there will also be some sort of street entertainment to keep things hopping while you’re shopping.  And make sure you wear your best purple fashions while you’re there, because Saturday is also the village’s Paint the Town Purple Relay For Life kick-off event. This annual celebration helps raise awareness for Relay For Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. You’ll be hearing lots more about this soon.

* Memorial Day Parade and ceremony at Webster Rural Cemetery: Monday, May 28. The parade usually starts at 9 am.

* Village of Webster Farmer’s Market opens on Saturday June 9, and continues every weekend through october 13, from 8 am to 12:3- pm. I’ve heard talk that the location might be changed this year, so stay tuned.

* Jazz Festival, Saturday July 7.  Word from the village is that this year’s festival will be expanded, so it should be better than ever. And it’s already pretty awesome.

* Firemen’s Kiddie Parade: Wednesday July 11 beginning at 7:00 pm.

* Firemen’s Parade: Thursday July 12, beginning at 6:30 pm, and Firemen’s Carnival, July 11-14

* Movies in the Park begin on Tuesday July 10 and run every Tuesday through August 14.

* Village Days this year will move to September 21 and feature a German Oktoberfest theme. It will be a three-day event and include a fall sidewalk sale and the Soap Box Derby on North Avenue.

Some other events for which I do not yet have exact dates are the Friday Night Gazebo Concerts at the gazebo on North Ave., and the Village Band Concerts at the band shell at Harmony Park on Phillips Rd. They both begin in the middle of June and run through August, but I don’t think the schedules have been finalized yet.

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