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Music, food and fun at Collegeville's Community Day


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

COLLEGEVILLE —The Collegeville Economic Development Corp. is partnering with Ursinus College to provide outdoor fun for the entire family on Saturday, April 20, from noon to 4 p.m. on the Ursinus’ campus’ front lawn.
Everyone in the family –Fido included—can enjoy the return of this year’s Collegeville’s Community Day, which showcases the talent and offerings of the Ursinus campus along with those of the town. The last Collegeville Community Day was held in 2008.
Music and Dance
This year’s Community Day features music and performances by the Ursinus College Dance Company, the Ursinus Jazz Ensemble, and the a cappella singing Baritones (guys) and B’Naturals (gals), with the Community Music School performing on behalf of the Collegeville-Trappe community.
An always-anticipated attraction is the energetic, talented, and at times breath-taking performers of The Collegeville Dance Depot, who will dance and also stage a dance competition for all ages.
An Up-Close and Personal Look at the Outdoor Sculpture Collection
Enjoy learning about the artworks in Ursinus’ sculpture collection during a leisurely guided campus tour.
Chalk it Up! Sidewalk Art Contest
For a donation, chalk will be provided, and from noon to 2 p.m., children, teens and adults can join in the “Chalk it Up!” sidewalk chalk drawing contest on the Main Street sidewalk in front of Ursinus College. Prizes will be presented at 3:30 p.m. to the winners in different categories and age groups. For those whose knees aren’t as bendable as they used to be, chalk boards and chairs will be provided to make the art experience quite comfortable. Individuals itching to exercise their inner chalk side can sign up for their exclusive piece of Collegeville sidewalk or reserve their chalk board and chair at http://collegevilledevelopment.com.
Kids Need Fun!
Kids are an important part of every community festival, and a “Kids Need Fun!” area will include carnival games for all ages. Leave the electronic gadgets at home and enjoy old fashioned Basketball Double Shots, the Balloon Competition, Create with Spin Art, have your little ones’ faces painted and much more.
Earth Day Activities, Athletics, Crafts for Sale and Food Alfresco
Those attending will enjoy:
•An Earth Day activity coordinated by the Ursinus College Environmental Action group;
•A Men’s Tennis Game starts at noon vs. McDaniel at the College’s Ace Bailey Courts behind the baseball field, weather permitting;
•A Women’s Lacrosse tourney starts at noon vs. McDaniel College in the Patterson Field behind the Field house, weather permitting;
•Crafts, gift and food items will be offered for sale. Selections include Harvest Hill Farm potted plants and country gifts, Maura’s Celtic Crafts, and jewelry from the Kaleidoscope Design Studio among others;
•Enjoy lunch and snacks alfresco from Phamous Phil’s BBQ, the CEDC Gourmet BBQ Girls, and Rita’s water Ice, among others, while you enjoy the music and dance performances.
End the Evening Enjoying the Performing Arts
Saturday evening residents can partake of a concert or a dance performance. At 7:30 p.m. the Ursinus Meistersingers will hold their free concert in Bomberger Auditorium. Also at 7:30 p.m., the talented Ursinus College Dance Company is performing at the Ursinus College Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center. Ticketscan be reserved by calling the Box Office at 610-409-3030.
“After a hiatus of five years, we are bringing back and re-energizing our Community Day event,” said Rachael Morrison, executive director of CEDC. “Many of our residents are unaware of the wonderful cultural arts opportunities on the Ursinus campus, and this event will bring them up close and personal with the life of our vibrant campus right here in the center of Collegeville.”
“Ursinus College is delighted to partner with CEDC in hosting this year’s Community Day,” said Ursinus College President Bobby Fong. “We look forward to welcoming our fellow Collegeville citizens to our campus and to sharing our arts and culture offerings.”
Collegeville’s 2013 Community Day is sponsored by the Collegeville Office of Susquehanna Bank, located on Route 29 near Wawa. “Susquehanna is known for giving back to the communities it serves by funding programs which encourage proactive community and economic development and access to the arts,” says Morrison. “We greatly appreciate their support!”
Parking is available in the Ursinus West Parking lot; enter from Ninth Ave. There will also be some spaces in the lots accessible from Fifth Ave.
For more detailed information, visit http://collegevilledevelopment.com.