November 1, 2014

Williston’s Independence Day celebration

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

THURSDAY, JULY 3
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. — Library book sale
Williston Central School Gym
For more information, contact Marti Fiske at the library at 878-4918. To volunteer, call the library by 6 p.m. on July 3.

6  p.m. — Firecracker 5k Fun Run
Williston Community Park Field House
Registration begins at 4:45 p.m.
Race begins at 6 p.m.
Cost is $10 (includes T-shirt)
Categories include male and female, with age groups: under 12; 12-15; 16-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50+; family
Awards will be announced and given out during the band break at the Ice Cream Social
7 p.m. — Town band concert and ice cream social
Village Green
Come out and join the Williston Historical Society’s annual ice cream social as you listen to the town band play its first concert of the summer season.

FRIDAY, JULY 4
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. — Library book sale
Williston Central School Gym

10 a.m. — Independence Day parade
NOTE: Route 2 parade route will be closed to through traffic from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Theme: “Williston: friends and family”
Parade float organizer: Tony Lamb
Judges Stand: Town Hall
Parade Route: Route 2 along Williston Road from Johnson’s Farm to Old Stage Road.
Prizes: best neighborhood entry; best business entry; best theme; best community organization or group; best church; best band; best entry with music; best individual; best entry with children; judges’ favorite car; judges’ favorite tractor; judges’ award
Rain date: July 5, only if weather is severe

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. — Williston-richmond rotary silent auction
Williston Central School
The Williston-Richmond Rotary Club is holding a silent auction fundraiser. Items up for bid include gift certificates for local restaurants, goods and services. Proceeds benefit the Williston-Richmond Rotary Club and its activities.

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. — Fire Department open house
Stop by the firehouse and check out the facility. Tours, fire extinguisher training, car seat inspections, Jaws of Life demonstration at noon.

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. — Food vendors
The Village Green
Hamburgers from Williston-Richmond Rotary
Hot dogs from Williston Boy Scout Troop 692
Popcorn from Williston Girls Softball League
Pulled pork barbeque, barbequed chicken, barbequed pulled squash and coleslaw from the Williston Federated Church

12:30 p.m. — Parade Awards Presentation
The Bandstand on the Green

12:35 p.m. – 1 p.m. — Children’s games
The Village Green

1 p.m. — Frog  Jumping Contest
Behind Williston Central School
Kicks off with reading of “Willie the Jumping Frog” by author and tradition founder Bill Skiff

7 p.m. — entertainment
Allen Brook School
Music by Supersounds DJ, food vendors, glow necklaces, a Bounce Castle from Vermont Bounce and more.
Very limited parking will be available at Allen Brook. A shuttle bus will be operating from Williston Central School for folks traveling from the village. Please take advantage of the shuttle to eliminate the parking crunch at Allen Brook. The shuttle will begin at 7 p.m. and will continue until shortly before the fireworks begin; it will begin returning shortly after the fireworks are complete.

9:30 p.m. — Fireworks display
Fireworks will begin at dark, anticipated start time is 9:30 p.m.
Rain date: July 5, only if weather is severe

ALL DAY
fill a fire truck
Williston Town Green
The Williston Community Food Shelf will collect donations of non-perishable current-date items, attempting to fill an antique fire truck parked in front of Williston Central School.
Free  entrance to Lake Iroquois for Williston residents

For more information about any of the Fourth of July activities, contact the Williston Parks and Recreation Department at 878-1239 or [email protected]

 

This year’s fireworks

This year’s fireworks—purchased by the town from North Star Fireworks for $8,500, according to Town Recreation Director Kevin Finnegan—will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. Food vendors, glow necklaces, a Bounce Castle from Vermont Bounce and more will be available at Allen Brook School before the show. There is limited parking at Allen Brook School, but a shuttle will run from Williston Central School before and after the fireworks beginning at 7 p.m.
The rain date for the fireworks is July 5, if the weather is severe.

 

Town t-shirt

Ashley Beauregard of Uplift Designs designed this year’s Fourth of July t-shirt. (Observer courtesy image)

Ashley Beauregard of Uplift Designs designed this year’s Fourth of July t-shirt. (Observer courtesy image)

 

Art at the library

This photograph by Sylvie Senior is among the works by local artists that will be on display through July at the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library. (Observer courtesy photo)

This photograph by Sylvie Senior is among the works by local artists that will be on display through July at the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library. (Observer courtesy photo)

Williston artists are displaying their work at the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library in Williston in an exhibit that opened July 2. The exhibit will run through the month of July.
Twelve local artists are participating, with work ranging from photography to watercolor and acrylic paintings. Participating artists include Ellie Morency, Mary Schmidt, Nini Crane, Nancy Stone, Frank Romano, Martin Dessau, Sylvie Senior, Phil Laughlin, Alice Bowman, John Sharpless, Gil Myers, Richard Gibson and Deb Runge.
Residents who would like to submit their work for the exhibit can contact Deb Runge at [email protected] or 879-4490. There is no theme this year.

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