Saturday was an all day festival in downtown Davidson, our town at its best. There were fundraisers, the weekly Davidson Farmer’s Market and even a business ribbon cutting thrown in. And the place was crawling with Davidson College alumni back in town for reunions.
On Saturday morning, the Dixie Moon Bluegrass Band played music in the parking lot next to Summit Coffee while farmer’s marketgoers sampled dishes that local chefs cooked up in a Breakfast of Champions fundraiser. Organizers said about $2,100 in tickets were sold for the cook-off, which as a fundraiser for Davidson Cornelius Child Development Center.
“The crowd is electric,” said Liz Edwards, the farmer’s market’s summer intern, as she buzzed around from tent to table.
Around back behind Main Street Books, Courtyard Massage & Wellness held a ribbon cutting and handed out certificates for free massages.
All day Davidson College alumni could be seen wandering, visiting the market and dining on Main Street during Reunion Weekend 2013. The reunions started Friday and included class receptions and dinners, lectures and a golf tournament. One of the biggest celebs at the gathering was Charlotte Mayor and soon-to-be U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, a 1993 grad.
Saturday night, Summit Coffee hosted the Summit Solstice 4-Mile Run, this year adding obstacles and other challenges including tires to run through and a ping-pong ball toss.
“Our family volunteered to help keep the flow of ping pong balls going to the runners at the intersection of Crescent and Virginia,” neighbor Callan Brian said.
“Cal, Lily and Will joined others scrambling to retrieve the balls. It turned out to be an exciting Saturday night for them when a large pack of runners came at the same time,” he said.
Davidson runners Patrick Braxton-Andrew (26:33) and Russell Crandall (26:34) finished one-two in the field of 185 runners, while Tony Brown was third (30:21). The race was a fundraiser for Nothing But Nets. The group is part of the U.N. Foundation, a global grassroots campaign to raise awareness and funding to fight malaria, a leading cause of death among children in Africa.
Nothing But Nets works with UN partners like UNICEF, the UN Refugee Agency, and the World Health Organization to buy and deliver nets to families in Africa. All day at Summit, a team of volunteers was collecting donations for the organization – for $10 you could save a family from the disease.
The fun in downtown Davidson continued Sunday night with a Concert on the Green, featuring Band of Oz. See more about the concert in our related story, “A little rain can’t stop Band of Oz on the Green.”