2nd Annual Summer Festival: Park Ave Party

Northwest Rutland residents welcomed the summer in style on June 10, 2017 with the 2nd Annual Summer Festival.

After a cold and wet start to June, the 80 degree bluebird day was well received by all. By 11 AM on Saturday morning, Park Ave was filled with music, laughter, and smiles as Rutlanders strolled down the street participating in activities and games, talking to local organizations about their summer offerings and resources, and enjoying grilled food around picnic tables under a canopy.

Over 400 Rutlanders came and enjoyed the Summer Festival, sponsored by National NeighborWorks Week, Promise Communities, and Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility. This event also had support from Stewart’s Shops, Green Screen Graphics, the Powell family, Mandala House, and the Roadside Chapel.

A very special thanks to Rutland Recreation and Rutland Dismas House – this event would not have been a success without these incredible organizations and their amazing staff and volunteers!

Check out video of the event here!

The food line – ahhH!

Kids preparing for the bike race.

Volunteers from Green Screen Graphics lead the tie dying station.

The Community Clothesline Project: answer the question “What are you excited for this summer?”

Our TAG Team transforming all the kids into animals.

Our police department just trained four officers as bike cops. Here, one shows off his skills to a passerby.

The Community Clothesline Project lights up a vacant porch.

George Nostrand performs some classics from the lawn of another vacant house slated for renovation.

TAG Team face painting away.

Dismas residents – and amazing volunteers – take a break on their front porch while Tom Irish performs.

Mandala House residents volunteered serving food.

THE BIKE RACE: How fast can you get through the course and avoid hitting people?

The Fire Safety trailer was a big hit. Climb down as you get smoked out!