This unforgettable weekend is one you and your family will not want to miss. The “Abington Celebrates” committee has planned a number of events to celebrate Flag Day/Founder’s Day weekend. June 10th will mark the town’s 305th anniversary so included in this year’s events will be several that were popular during the Tricentennial Celebration back in 2012.
Kicking off the festivities on Friday evening, June 9th will be a “Kick-Off Cook Out” sponsored by the United Church of Christ in Abington located at 10 Bedford St. Families will enjoy DJ music, face painting, raffles, history exhibit and free food (donations suggested).
On Saturday, June 10th, the morning kicks off with a free 5K Fun Run at 8:30 a.m. starting at Beaver Brook Elementary School. The run is open to all ages and no preregistration required. Commemorative T-shirts available for a $10 donation.
Following the Fun Run will be a Kids’ Fishing Derby starting at 9:00 a.m. on Central Street (across the Town Barn). Open to all children ages 5-14 (must be accompanied by an adult). Bait, hooks, bobbers supplied. Prizes for longest fish per age group.
By Saturday afternoon, Island Grove will be the place to be. The Civil War Encampment is back by popular demand and the re-enactors will be conducting Civil War exercises and demonstrations throughout the day. The Cub Scouts will have scouting demonstrations and Joe’s Craz-zy Critters will be there from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
As suppertime approaches, folks will want to stop by the Polish Club at 55 Wales Street from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. to enjoy “Pizza Pandemonium” sponsored by the HUG Foundation.
Later Saturday evening, everyone will want to return to Island Grove as the sun begins to set to watch the enchanted sight as Memorial Bridge becomes illuminated with over two hundred luminaries. The Civil War campsites will be also be aglow with lanterns for a magical candlelight tour while the strains of toe-tapping music can be heard from “Shades of Gray”.
On Sunday, June 11th, folks can start their day at 8:30 a.m. at the American Legion on Washington St. with a “Pancake Breakfast” sponsored by the Abington Lions Club. There will also be a “Firefighter Memorial Service” at 10:00 a.m. at the flagpoint on the point at Island Grove Park with a “Sunday Morning Church Service” immediately following by the United Church of Christ in Abington.
Beginning at noon at the Police Station on Central Street, the Abington Police Department, Abington Fire Department and Department of Public Works will be sponsoring a “Touch a Truck / See a Car” activity with music by The Corvairs! There will also be “Open House” at the Abington Police Station.
Mark your calendars for this fun-filled weekend!