Kennedy Pride Prepares For Summer Events Beginning With Victorian Tea

KENNEDY – Members of Kennedy Pride continued planning for a busy spring and summer during their recent meeting. Several different community events and fundraisers are planned.

The first event will be the Victorian Tea on Saturday from 2-4 p.m. at the Kennedy United Methodist Church fellowship hall. Always eagerly awaited, this year’s event will have Master Gardener Betsy Burgeson as the guest speaker. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 6 to 12. Good food and fun, along with lots of prizes, makes for a very enjoyable afternoon.

The Townwide Cleanup Day has been set for Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to noon. Lawn debris and brush can be brought to the town hall. Other trash and household debris can be brought to the Highway Department building on Grubb Hill Road. No tires, garbage, large appliances, or hazardous waste will be accepted. Volunteers are encouraged to help clean up the downtown area and other areas of the town. Many residents have already been asking when the cleanup would be held.

Roland Swanson updated the group on his plans for the Flag Retirement ceremony. It will be held in Hallquist Park on Wednesday, June 18, at 6:30 p.m. He said he had contacted a veteran to assist with the lighting of the flags for the service. Music for the service has been lined up. A community dish-to-pass picnic will follow the service. Group members hope to have the new pavilion completed by that time. If it isn’t ready, a tent will be ordered for the event.

Shirley Leyman informed the group that she had confirmed the concert in the park for July. Tuesday, July 15, will see the Kokomo Time Band playing in Halquist Park from 6-8 p.m. This group has a loyal following, and plays a variety of popular music. Kennedy Pride members were pleased that they could schedule a concert with them for this summer. They discussed planning for extra parking if there is a large turnout, as there has been for other concerts in the park.

Clarence Robbins told the group that the six new picnic tables had been finished, and are being stored until they can be put in Hallquist Park. Larry Mee also noted that the town has agreed to rent a porta-john for the park again this summer. Visitors appreciate this facility all summer long, not just during special events. Many cyclists and other tourists who pass through the area find Hallquist Park a nice place to rest and relax for a while, maybe have a picnic. The basketball court and walking path see a lot of use as well. Individuals and groups have been renting the reserved use of the park for special events for several years. Halquist Park is quickly becoming quite an asset for the community.

Kennedy Pride is still in the process of confirming other events for the summer. They noted that the flags around town will be put in place before Memorial Day. Requests for new flags have been coming in. Anyone who would like to have a flag displayed in honor of, or in memory of, someone may contact members of Kennedy Pride or Mee. Cost is $25 per flag. Flags may also be purchased for personal use. These American-made, all-weather flags are top quality, and are guaranteed by the manufacturer. When constantly displayed all summer, in all types of weather, as they are around the town, they last one to two years. For home use they should last longer. Kennedy Pride purchases the flags each year to replace the ones that have become unserviceable.

Kennedy Pride will hold their next regular meeting on Wednesday, May 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the Kennedy Free Library. Everyone is welcome to come, and to offer any ideas for community projects.