Willow Grove Tri-Centennial core events outlined at Parks and Rec committee meeting
Events range from a Loyalty Day Parade to a concert with John Philip Sousa's great-grandson
Dick Sayer, chairperson of the Willow Grove Tri-Centennial committee, announced the core events scheduled to take place for the celebration in May.
Sayer spoke during the Parks and Recreation Committee meeting, held Jan. 24:
- May 1 – Loyalty Day Parade
- May 10 – Marine Drum and Bugle Corps
- May 14 – Willow Grove Community Day – including the Lion’s Club annual car show
- May 15 – Steam Train tour at Willow Grove Train Station traveling to New Hope and back.
- May 21 – Davisville Road block party
- May 22 – Concert by The Allentown Band, featuring John Philip Sousa IV.
- June 4 – Willow Grove Sports Day
Sayer also announced eight Upper Moreland Historical Association presentations, four presentations at Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust, and four from the new Settlement Music School.
The new Willow Grove 300 Tri-Centennial website lists other events and ways to support the planning.
More notes from the reporter’s notebook:
- According to Pat Stasio, the Parks and Recreation director, snow removal services take two to three passes to clear township traffic areas of snow. Each pass takes crews about two to five hours.
- All Parks and Recreation summer programs should be made available to the public by mid-February.
- Jennifer Fleming, president of the UM Lacrosse Club, made a request for the construction of a new storage shed for the lacrosse club at the Boileau Farmstead. According to Fleming, the club is in need of new storage space, do to the popularity of the game in the township over the recent years. The request is likely to be put forward in front of the full board of commissioners.
Kevin Spearing, Ward 2 commissioner and chair of the Parks and Recreation Committee, said that he would like to see a letter of support from the Friends of Boileau before presenting to the full board for final approval.
Currently, the lacrosse equipment, including goals and paint, is housed in the Old Carriage House on the Boileau Farmstead. '
Nick Scull, president of the board at the historical park site, was present at the meeting, and he said that the he would talk to the board, but he welcomes public use of the farmstead.
The UM hockey team also stores its equipment in the carriage house, but on the second floor.
The necessary size for the shed is estimated to be 13 by 14 feet. The lacrosse club has already raised the money to build the new facility.