4th of July celebration kicks off summer schedule

June 6, 2013

By Christina Corrales-Toy

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The city of Newcastle will offer its full array of summer activities this season, beginning with the Fourth of July celebration at Lake Boren Park.

The annual fireworks show will go on as planned, despite initial funding concerns and worries about public safety. Councilman John Dulcich secured a $10,000 commitment from Continental Properties, the developer of Lake Boren Townhomes, to sponsor the event in April.

“We are sponsoring as a thank you to the community for helping us make Lake Boren Townhomes a great success,” Claudio Guincher, of Continental Properties, wrote in an April email. “We have really enjoyed working in the Newcastle community, and hope that we have provided a positive addition to the community.”

Attendees can begin gathering at the park as early as 6 p.m., when food vendors will be available. The band Big Dog Revue will take the stage from 8-10 p.m. The fireworks show will begin when it gets dark, or just after 10 p.m. Patriotic glow necklaces and paper flags will be given out as souvenirs.

The city’s Concerts in the Park series will begin nearly three weeks later on July 24, when the Randy Oxford Band performs at Lake Boren Park. Geoffrey Castle, and his violin, will hit the stage July 31; Shelley & The Curves perform Aug. 7; and the series wraps up Aug. 14 with Shaggy Sweet.

Live performances will begin Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and end at about 8:30 p.m. Crowds can gather at Lake Boren Park at 6 p.m. when food vendors will be onsite. Learn more about the acts at www.ci.newcastle.wa.us.

Finally, Newcastle Days, the annual celebration commemorating Newcastle’s incorporation as a town, is set for Sept. 7.

Planning for the daylong event is still in its initial stages, but early indications are that organizers hope to shake it up and attract more residents, Newcastle Days chairwoman Diane Lewis said.

“We’d like to have other more active things that will attract more than just little kids,” she said. “We want it to be more fun.”

In early planning discussions, the Community Activities Commission, formerly the Parks Commission, voted to do away with the car show and vendor booths in an effort to leave more room for carnival-like activities, including a zip line or trampoline.

When Lewis presented this news to the Newcastle City Council May 21, though, some councilmembers questioned the logic of eliminating those aspects of the annual event.

“There are different things that appease different people,” Dulcich said. “For example, I might have a spouse that likes those little vendor things. I don’t, but then again I might like the car show.”

Lewis stressed that planning for the celebration is under construction and a lot can change before September. At the very least, the Community Activities Commission plans to revisit including the car the show.

She did confirm, however, that the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s popular beer and wine garden will return, as well as booths for nonprofit organizations such as the Newcastle Historical Society.

“Because we’ve done this a number of times, we have the frame, the skeleton. Now, we just have to flesh it out,” Lewis said.

The Newcastle 5K Run/Walk for Education will continue to take place the day after Newcastle Days, thanks to support from Geoffrey Strange, of Newcastle Dentistry, who will take over management of the event. The race will begin at 9 a.m. Sept. 8.


Get involved

Email Mayor Rich Crispo at rich@ci.newcastle.wa.us or Newcastle Days Chairwoman Diane Lewis at d.e.lewis@comcast.net to get involved in the planning for Newcastle Days. They are also seeking volunteers to help on the day of the event.



Newcastle Fourth of July photos

Newcastle’s Fourth of July event begins at 6 p.m. at Lake Boren Park. The band Big Dog Revue takes the stage at 8 p.m. Fireworks start just after 10 p.m.

Email your contact information and, if possible, photos of your patriotic fun to newcastle@isspress.com, or contact the newspaper on Twitter at www.twitter.com/newcastlenewswa.


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