This is one of those weekends when it’s clear why it’s so great to live in Davidson. Saturday is Davidson’s 43rd Town Day, a daylong celebration on the Village Green that includes half-marathon and 5K races, a dunking booth, yoga and tai chi classes, live music and more. But the festival is just one of a long list of events around the region this weekend that leave us wishing for more hours in the day.
It’s a day born in our town’s history but reflecting its present. Town officials are urging us to walk or bike to the festival, which comes during National Bike Month. The police department even plans to station officers at major intersections for safety.
Town Day began as part of an annual town beautification campaign. In May 1971, Mayor Tom Sadler proclaimed a town wide cleanup week, which culminated in a “Town Day” celebration on Saturday. At the time, Mayor Sadler said the town wanted to support the Davidson Community Council, a group of concerned citizens leading an effort to clean up trash and debris around town, to improve the town’s appearance and to promote a sense of self-improvement and closer ties among citizens.
In recent years, the festival has become a regional event, attracting not only town residents, but visitors from beyond the town line.
“This is our 43rd annual Town Day, so we’re excited for citizens to come out and celebrate our wonderful town,” Community and Economic Development Manager Kim Fleming said.
TOWN DAY EVENTS
Town Day begins with the Spartans 5K and half-marathon, the latter of which is new this year. The 8am event is hosted by and benefits Community School of Davidson’s athletics programs.
The festival runs from 10am to 3pm, with games, a bounce house, booths with Davidson organizations and businesses, live music and other entertainment, and food.
The day also includes a couple of free public fitness classes: At 10am Lululemon from Birkdale will lead a yoga class on the green. At 11am, you can join Joe Higgins for a Tai Chi class on the green.
Davidson Rotary Club has organized the dunking booth this year. Several local celebrities have agreed to take a turn in the seat to raise money for the Ada Jenkins Learn Works program. They include teachers Walter Rabb and Tom Underhill of Davidson Elementary School, Dani Angell (Community School of Davidson), Ada Jenkins Center director Georgia Krueger and many more. For $1 per ball, you can try to drop these volunteers into the tank – for a good cause. The tank is sponsored by Tim Albertson of Northwestern Mutual.
The Rotary Club will also be selling tickets for a prize drawing, giving away a week of summer camp at the Lake Norman YMCA. Tickets are $5 apiece.
A Giving Spirit Foundation will continue its month of fundraising with a booth at the festival. The Davidson-based nonprofit provides financial assistance to mothers in Charlotte area who are suffering from a debilitating disease or other unforeseen health challenges. It also supports researchers seeking a cure for ALS, including Project ALS and The ALS Association. (See April 30, 2014, “For A Giving Spirit Foudation, May is a month for giving.”)
Nature education group World of Wonder and its partner the Davidson Lands Conservancy will there with information about their programs as well as kids’ activities. These will include face painting and origami. The education theme for the day will be butterflies and other pollinators, and they’ll have milkweed seeds to plant in your garden. This plant is crucial to the monarch butterfly’s life cycle.
The Town of Davidson’s booths will let residents register for the new emergency alert and notification system (CharMeck Alerts), and get information on the programs and summer camps offered by the parks and recreation department. Also at the booth, Cabarrus Health Alliance Active Routes to School will be doing helmet fittings for citizens of all ages. They’ll also promote Walk and Bike to School Day (scheduled for May 7), and will share safe alternative routes to our local schools.
The Davidson Police Department booth will have information about pedestrian, cyclist and driver safety; register dogs, cats and ferrets with proof of rabies inoculation; collect expired and unused medicines and worn US and NC flags; and register citizens for Vial of Life, a container that provides first responders with emergency medical information.
Davidson Fire Department will display two fire trucks in the library parking lot along Lorimer Road.
OTHER EVENTS THIS WEEKEND
This weekend’s other events around town and around Lake Norman include:
- The Huntersville/Cornelius Relay for Life, an overnight fundraising walk Friday night and Saturday at Bailey Road Park in Cornelius.
- Davidson Farmer’s Market Saturday morning from 8am to noon, downtown next to Town Hall.
- A new 1st Saturday Art Market from 10am to 3pm Saturday at South Main Square. This is a new planned monthly art vendor market, organized by South Main Street merchants.
- A grand opening Saturday from 11am to 3pm for LangTree Lake Norman, which includes shops, restaurants and aprtments off I-77 Exit 31 in Mooresville.
- The School of Rock FunFest Saturday from 5:15 to 8pm at Bailey Road Park in Cornelius. The event includes young musicians performing top hits for a family audience.
- The Studio C Cinema independent film series shows the Japanese film “Kikujiro” Saturday night at Cornelius Arts Center.
- There’s live music Saturday night at both Birdsnest and Carrburritos in Davidson, among other venues.
- The Carolina half ironman triathlon through Mooresville, Davidson and Cornelius on Sunday.
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