I want to extend a great big thank you to so many people who helped make the Celebration of London Grove’s 300th Anniversary a success. Some of you might be giving me credit for its organization, but my role was so small in comparison to all the people and resources that came together to fill Goddard Park with a festive, happy family and pet-friendly environment on Saturday afternoon, October 21st.
For starters, we had incredibly generous sponsors who gave us over $8,000 to provide entertainment, shelter, and giveaways. The list is long, but it is headed by the Mushroom Growers of Pennsylvania and Twin Pines Health Care Center. Additional sponsorship was noted on a sign in the park, shown below.
Then a small army of volunteers showed up to help direct traffic, help move tables and chairs, and to man those tables, and finally to help with clean up. Notable were a dozen bright teens from the National Honor Society and the Leos — they worked so hard.
Laura Miller of Wallace Landscaping, who heads our all-volunteer Parks and Recreation Committee, was the reason we had food trucks full of delicious food, a bouncy house and petting zoo for the kids. She got a stage and tents strong enough to withstand the day’s winds, and she was the diplomatic glue that kept town staff and volunteers working together.
Jane Yeksigian of the Historic Committee made sure the event had historic significance, organizing a ceremony with state representative John Lawrence and County Commissioner Marion Moskowitz. The committee also organized a scavenger hunt for the kids, with prizes.
Then there were over 30 exhibitors, including State Police, West Grove Fire Company, EMS, and important community organizations like LCH, Mighty Writers, Stroud Water Research Center, Lion’s Club, and …. It’s a long list.
I’ve done the work of “vending,” packing up, arriving and setting up, sitting in the open all day, then packing up again, going home and unpacking again. Sometimes making great money, sometimes nothing. I have so much appreciation for all who took a gamble on our community day, and who smiled and added the presence of their talents and their personalities to our gathering.
Even beloved pets were a big part of our day, many in costumes, with Camp BowWow serving as an epicenter for those who came on a leash even though the photo booth they prepared was not up to the 35 mph sustained winds task.
A community day only works when the community participates and so many made an effort to be there, to smile, to be positive, and to show support. An estimated 5-600 people came out on a blustery, cloudy day under threat of rain, and talked to each other, dined together, played, and created a sense of community and belonging for all. I am really grateful that I had my small role in helping to make it happen.
Tina Skinner, volunteer