LexCelebrate! Incorporation Weekend Prepares to Entertain the Whole Family
“I’m looking forward to getting all ages up and moving after a long winter,” says Donna Burns of the sports and recreation activities she has put together for LexCelebrate! Incorporation Weekend. Burns is one of the dozens of residents organizing this two-day celebration of Lexington community on March 16th and 17th. “At Lexington High School’s Field House on March 16th, we will have old fashioned games like potato sack races for the young children, ping pong and ultimate frisbee for the older kids, as well as a more adventurous ‘boot camp’ circuit or kripalu yoga happening,” she reports.
Betty Gau, LexCelebrate! coordinator, explains that this event is “a First Night sort of experience with sports, arts, and music for all ages. We wanted to make sure that the 300th is memorable not just for adults. A community’s families are where its heart beats, and we have tried to reflect that in the programs we’re offering.”
Elementary school families will find a display of K-5 social studies projects celebrating Lexington’s anniversary year. Eighth graders will play the part of Town Meeting Members in a full-scale recreation of Lexington’s annual Town Meeting. “I am really looking forward to seeing my son as part of the Mock Town Meeting!” laughs Larissa Smelkov, mother of an eighth grader at Clarke. The author of the new Town-commissioned comic book, “Lexington Then and Now,” Bentley Boyd, is offering workshops aimed at children on the art of the comic book. Families can meet Boyd and purchase his book on both days.
Gau and her team wanted a range of programs that appeals to different tastes and sensibilities. "I can enjoy the ACROSS Lexington hike, then learn to play fife, while my daughter tries her hand at the video production workshop. In between, we can trade notes over lunch at the Tri Centennial Café", said Sue Schiffer, LCIW volunteer and Lexington resident.
Cristina Burwell, coordinator of the artisan workshops, has called upon the Lexington arts community to fill the LHS arts wing with workshops and demonstrations. “I was amazed to discover all the art forms practiced [in Lexington],” Burwell relates, “from basketry to animation, to painting and wood turning.”
Families can come together for a community dance on the evening of March 16th. At the Dance Around the World, “You can enjoy watching or participating in multi-cultural dance, as well as visiting cultural booths and international food vendors. Later in the evening, a DJ will lay down some dance party tracks with a world beat,” says Melanie Lin, dance co-coordinator. .
More information on any of these events (and more!) is available online at: www.lexington300.org.