While these last several days have certainly had the feel of the early summer season, many of us celebrate the official beginning of the summer season on Memorial Day. That's right, barbeques, hot days, cool nights and white pants/shoes/purses. Yes, I'm of the school of thought that you can only wear white between Memorial Day and Labor Day, but that's an entirely different column.
In Williamstown, the official kick-off to the summer season is Riverfest. On Saturday, May 25, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Hoosic River Watershed Association (HooRWA) will host their biggest annual event, Riverfest, at Cole Field. A celebration of the river and its watershed, Riverfest is truly an awakening of the summer season.
With a focus on the health of the Hoosic, attendees will find no shortage of activities and fun. Live music, rafting, children's activities, Native American games and drumming, exhibits, nature walks and more will flood the river banks. There will also be the opportunity to win some great prizes (like a kayak or mountain bike) through their ever-popular bucket raffle.
But as fun and exciting as it is to ring in the summer season at Riverfest, it is all for a greater cause. HooRWA has been working tirelessly since 1986 to ensure the health of the Hoosic River. With a limited (and extremely dedicated) staff and group of volunteers, HooRWA identifies as a "citizens' group.
To be part of Riverfest and make a difference in the health of the Hoosic, check out hoorwa.org.
Admission/raffle tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the gate. Children 10 and under get in free.
And if you are looking forward to planning your summer activities, the Chamber is busily working on many of them! We are planning for the return of our Summer Sundays (formerly known as Sundays @ 6). Save the dates of July 7, 14, 21, and 28 for Sundays filled with fun! Beginning at 4 p.m., you'll be able to partake in the activities of Spring Street (hence, it is no longer referred to as Sundays @ 6). If you've attended in previous years, you will certainly notice some changes. We are excited for our music main stage on the Denison Gate House lawn, vendors on the lawn of the American Legion, IS 183's "IS Art!" on the Where'd You Get That!? lawn and some great children's activities. Of course, we'll end the evening with an outdoor movie, presented by Images Cinema. Keep your eyes peeled for more info on these events.
Also, the Chamber has been handed the baton and received the blessing from Mr. Larry Weber! Larry had been instrumental in organizing the Fourth of July activities for Williamstown for a number of years. This year, Larry is going to remain a spectator as the Chamber presents the parade. So mark your calendars for the Fourth of July; the parade will begin at 11 a.m., with a reading of the Declaration of Independence and a barbeque to follow.
There are many exciting events and programs leading up to the heat of the summer in Williamstown! Continue to check our website at williamstownchamber.com for the most up-to-date info. Also, "like" us on Facebook at Williamstown Chamber of Commerce.
And, if you need to discuss my view on fashion between Memorial Day and Labor Day, don't hesitate to contact me at the Chamber.
Jennifer Civello is the Executive Director of the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce.