Falls Neighborhood Association celebrates summer

by Town Reminder

Hosts community-wide block party July 28
By Kristin Will
Staff Writer

SOUTH HADLEY – A community-wide block party will be held Saturday, July 28 at the Beachgrounds Park hosted by the newly formed South Hadley Falls Neighborhood Association, Youth Commission and the Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food Pantry Food, fun and games will draw residents closer together as they get to know their neighbors and better acquaint themselves with South Hadley Falls.
Dually, the block party will celebrate the day’s official dedication of the mural painted by the Youth Commission on the Beachgrounds’ restroom building.
“It’s just a chance for people in the community to come hang out, eat some food, meet their neighbors and other people in the community,” said event co-organizer Gillian Woldorf.
The event is free and held from 4 to 7 p.m. Hot dogs, hamburgers and veggie burgers will be barbequed and refreshments served from 4 to 6 p.m. The official mural dedication begins at 6 p.m.
Children can visit a face painting and temporary tattoo booth manned by the Youth Commission. Youngsters can doodle with provided chalk on the sidewalk and teens can play a couple rounds of basketball on the nearby courts.
Residents are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or picnic blanket.
The United Methodist Church will host some children’s activities, such as a penny hunt, as well as a fundraiser for the Neighbors Helping neighbors Food Pantry.
The pantry itself will be accepting donations of canned and non-perishable food items. Supplies have run low this summer and pantry administrators are struggling to stock their shelves. A donation box will available in which residents can place their donations.
Local organizations and businesses will set up informational booths through which residents can peruse. Those interested in setting up a table can contact Woldorf at 413-437-0405 or should email HYPERLINK “mailto:falls.neighbors@gmail.com”falls.neighbors@gmail.com.
Woldorf emphasized the event is not specific to South Hadley Falls residents. “We want people from all over town to come, even those who don’t live in South Hadley,” she said. “We don’t want this notion there are two separate South Hadleys. We are a portion of the larger community.”
The South Hadley Falls Neighborhood Association was formed following a visit by a Sustainable Design Assessment Team in April. The group has met several times since then and consists of 10 regular members and a handful of occasional meeting attendees.
“We invite anybody in town to come to our meetings whether or not they live or operate a business in the Falls,” said Woldorf. The Association’s next meeting is Saturday, July 21 at 10 a.m. in the South Hadley Public Library.
A rain date for the South Hadley Falls Neighborhood Association Block party is Sunday, July 29.
For up-to-date information about the block party, visit http://www.facebook.com/FallsNeighbors.