Happy Independence Day! If you aren't already there, you'd better make your way down to Spring Street for the procession of the annual Williamstown Hometown Fourth of July Parade and BBQ Festivities! It is a party not to be missed. If you had to miss the parade this year, be sure to save the date for next year.
There are so many organizations and groups that make the parade possible, but special thanks go out to Williamstown Savings Bank, Williams College and the Town of Williamstown.
So it appears that the hot and lazy days of summer are upon us - but there is nothing lazy about Summer Sundays in Williamstown. The Sunday events, meant to offer a fun, activity-filled evening for residents and visitors alike, will begin on Sunday, July 7. The event begins at 4 p.m. and continues until the movie under the stars finishes. We've really mixed things up a bit this year, and we're hoping that you'll love our changes. We've got many of the activities that you've grown to know and love on tap, but are also making a few changes to enhance the festival feel.
The biggest change that attendees can expect is that Spring Street will be open. We will hold many of the events at the base of Spring Street, allowing for visitors and shoppers to park on the street and within the public parking lot, and leisurely stroll the street and visit merchants and restaurants.
With that comes a new space for our craft and artisan vendors; They will be located on the American Legion lawn. We've also pared down our food vendors so that festivalgoers will patronize local restaurants. However, we will bring the dynamic and sought-after food truck, How We Roll, to Spring Street! Also, our children's activity area will sport a hot dog cart and freshly squeezed lemonade.
We hope that you'll grab something to eat and take a rest on the lawn of the Denison Gatehouse and enjoy the sounds of area musicians. We'll listen to the musical delights of Tree Collage, OK Chorale, The Grizzlies and Erin Powers. For your theatrical pleasure, the dancers from the Berkshire Dance Theatre will perform.
And you can try your hand at your artistic ability with IS 183's IS Art, located on the lawn of WYGT. IS 183 will feature demonstrations, art sales and allow you to craft your very own piece to take home. You can expect artwork sales on-site by Tony Conner, Jaye Fox, Ann Kremers and Michael Cohen and demos by Erica Manville, Wednesday Sorokin, Claire Fox and Nova Rockwell. This is art for all ages!
In our children's activity area, located in the Wilmot Lot at the corner of Walden and Spring streets, we've got lots of fun planned. Summer Science will offer a unique spin on the sciences with a twist of fun. Fun Enterprises will return this year with some new activities - photo mugs, postcards, pennants and comic books related to the Family Flicks.
Beginning at dusk, Images Cinema will present Family Flicks Under the Stars on the Morgan Lawn (top of Spring Street). The featured films will include: "Some Like it Hot" (July 7), "Ghostbusters" (July 14), "The Music Man" (July 21) and "The Incredibles" (July 28). Movie goers are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair. Concessions will be available for sale.
So with all the changes we've introduced, we did keep some of your old faves. I know we are a tough group to keep up with - Sundays at 6, Summer Sundays at 4 - I promise that it's worth the work to keep up with our changes. And keep an eye out for our many College volunteers; they'll be sporting the infamous blue Summer Sundays t-shirts.
All the Summer Sunday fun is sponsored by: Adams Community Bank, Berkshire Direct, Greylock Federal Credit Union, Images Cinema, Town of Williamstown, Williamstown Community Chest, Williams College and the Williamstown Savings Bank.
Jennifer Civello is the Executive Director of the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce.