NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP >> After an all day rain forced the cancellation of Welcome Day on May 5, organizers decided they weren’t going to let a little rain spoil the fun.
After securing commitments from many of its vendors and entertainers and permission from the township, the Newtown Business Association will try again later this month in hopes that the weather is more welcoming.
The annual “Street Fair with Flair” is scheduled to take place on Sunday, June 30 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sycamore Street, which will be closed to traffic between Washington Avenue and Durham Road for the event.
And everyone’s crossing their fingers for sunshine, including co-chairs Beverly Dimler of All Time Self Storage and Fred Poritsky from FTZ Design.
“It’s going to be even more fun and more exciting,” said Dimler. “We are guaranteed better weather - hopefully. And the community is psyched that we’ve rescheduled.”
Surprisingly, Dimler said filling the street with vendors has not been the biggest challenge. “Our biggest challenge, believe it or not, is finding volunteers. We had a lot of volunteers lined up, but now a lot of them are on vacation.”
According to Dimler, about 90 percent of the vendors originally signed up to participate will be there.
“Every single food vendor has rescheduled and will be there. And there will still be three stages of live entertainment to enjoy,” she said.
“I’d say everyone is thrilled,” said Dimler. “It’s a lot of extra work for us, but people seem appreciative that we did not go on with the show in the pouring rain and we were able to reschedule.”
Organized by the Newtown Business Association, the event is designed to show off “Newtown 18940” and all it has to offer, from its shops and services to its ever expanding restaurant scene.
Opening ceremonies are scheduled to begin at 11:45 a.m. in front of Fred Beans Ford with the presentation of the colors by American Legion Post 440 and special remarks by local officials and Welcome Day organizers.
At the heart of the event will be the more than 200 business, nonprofit, food and artisan vendors lining Sycamore Street from Meglio north to Goodnoe Corner.
“We have a lot of returning vendors and a nice variety of new ones, which is nice because it keeps it fresh,” said Dimler.
The artisans, said Dimler, will be bringing everything from jewelry, beads and crafts from the heart to botanicals, pottery, woodworking, dog treats, photography, embroidery, chimes and much more.
“We may have lost 10 artists with the change in dates, but we’ve picked up six already. All in all, I couldn’t be more thrilled. We have quite a variety,” said Dimler.
A handful of nonprofits will also participate including Boy Scout Troop 53, the Clean Air and Water Council, God’s Love Christian Preschool, the Kiwanis of Council Rock, the Newtown Creek Coalition, the Pig Placement Network, the Sunshine Foundation, the Wrightstown Farmers Market and others.
Welcome Day also provides an opportunity to discover some of the community’s newest additions, including Turning Point in the Village of Newtown and Guru’s Indian Cuisine, which recently relocated from Cambridge Crossing to the former Saloon at Jefferson and Sycamore.
“We’re really excited this year to have a number of new businesses and groups taking part,” said Dimler, including the new Athleta store on State Street. “Congregation Brothers of Israel is joining us for the first time this year. The Newtown Brewing is going to have a space. And so will Task Complete, the Salt Cave and the Coffee Room.”
Live entertainment is scheduled throughout the day on three main stages located in front of Fred Beans Ford, next to the former Saloon at Jefferson and Sycamore and in front of Sycamore Grill across from Goodnoe Corner.
Highlighting this year’s entertainment schedule will be the Rising Star competition beginning at 12:15 pm in front of Fred Beans.
Eighteen adult and youth contestants will vie for $150 first prize in a vocal contest adjudicated by a special guest panel of judges.
“We had 18 contestants ready to go in May and all 18 are still eager to participate,” said Dimler.
And if you’re hungry for more, there will be plenty to eat from Jules Thin Crust Pizza, Guru’s Indian Cuisine (at the former Saloon), Newtown Pizza, the Green Parrot, Sycamore Grill and Greenstraw Smoothies to Goodnoe Ice Cream, Turning Point, Harvest Seasonal Grill, Joseph’s Premier Catering, Philly Pretzel, Best Darn Kettlekorn, La Stalla Market, Nothing Bundt Cakes and Meglio.
“We have food from one end of the street to the other. We’ll have pizza and Italian. We’ll have Indian and Farm to Table. And it wouldn’t be Welcome Day without Goodnoe’s. You’re going to get a great taste of Newtown,” said Dimler.
And don’t forget to check out Historic State Street located just a block away where the Newtown Mercantile Group will be holding spring sidewalk sales.
“Between Welcome Day on Sycamore and the sidewalk sales on State Street, people will be able to spend and enjoy an entire day in Newtown,” said Dimler. “It’s going to be a great day.”
Additional details are at the NBA website at www.NewtownBA.org. Check the NBA Welcome Day Facebook page for updated information.
Anyone interested in volunteering at Welcome Day is encouraged to contact Victoria Davis at email@example.com or call Beverly Dimler at 267-994-1668.