Pelham Together Hosts SummerFest to Great Acclaim
By Stephen E. Lipken
Pelham Together hosted its Third Annual SummerFest on Sunday, June 5th with activities lining Wolfs Lane and Gazebo Park, including a Dog Parade and Lawn Games. Everyone enjoyed playing Jenga and Hula Hooping. There was plenty of time for Face Painting or stopping by the Tie Dye Station to create a fun t-shirt. Fine artist and muralist Naiya Gonzalez Breen created a live painting of Robbie Shepherd that was later auctioned off. Children were spotted transforming into Superheros for the Obstacle Course. The Volleyball Tourney was competitive and fun, along with the very popular Mini-Golf course. Refreshing treats were provided by the Pelicones Ice Cream Truck and adults enjoyed the Beer Garden while listening to great entertainment by Andrew Cole. In addition, there was a Community Canvas that adults and children were encouraged to contribute to. A bevy of teenage artists performed in the Gazebo.
Sponsors included A-Game Sports; C&B Plumbing; Chamber of Commerce; DaniLee’s Helping Hands; Houlihan Lawrence; J&S Mechanical; Manor Auto; Pelham Animal Hospital; Pelham Art Center; Rockwell’s; Silmara Sucena Photography; Tig & Peach; Town of Pelham; Village of Pelham and Westchester Pop Stars.
Family Sponsors comprised of the Benner & Erario Family; Johnson Family; Pringle & McCormick Family and Tahbaz Family.
“We were super excited to have our Third Annual SummerFest, celebrating and connecting as a community, offering activities for every age group, because we love seeing people come together from across town and just enjoy the day together,” Pelham Together Executive Director Laura Caruso exclaimed.
A Karate demonstration took place at the Daronco Town House. Sensei Bob Chillemi of the American Goju Karate Assocition shared, “We have a Karate Program that runs through Pelham Recreation, here on Fifth Avenue.”
Veterinarian Dr. Teddy Johnson, Pelham Animal Hospital pointed to several costumed Dog Parade pets, including Larry the Pelham Pelican; Miniature Schnauzer Matilda, the Dancing Mexican Dog; German Shepherds Kusse, dressed as a cow and Shatzi, a “shark.”
A novel costumed canine was “Mittens,” an Australian Labradoodle, dressed as an avocado with grandson of Pelham Town Supervisor Daniel McLaughlin, Daniel McLaughlin III, 8 months, wearing companion brown outfit representing “toast.”