City firms up celebrations for 2010 schedule

April 2, 2010

By Tim Pfarr

The City Council has approved the community events plan for this year as recommended by the Parks Commission.

The Fourth of July celebration and Arbor Day festivities will be held this year, although both will likely be scaled back in size.The city is seeking sponsorships for both events, and the amount of financial assistance it can obtain will likely determine the size, Parks Program Manager Michael Holly said.

Newcastle Days will be held this year if organizational assistance and funding can be obtained, as the city previously relied on Special Events Producer Jules Maas, who was laid off at the end of last year.

The City Council added an April 6 deadline for a decision regarding Newcastle Days, which means city staff has until that time to develop a substantial plan for how to produce the festival or the festival will be canceled.

Holly said finding organizational assistance is the biggest difficulty for producing Newcastle Days. He said the festival may take place in a smaller form, with possibly just one day and fewer activities.

“There are a lot of options and ideas being discussed,” Holly said.

The Coal Creek YMCA has committed to funding $5,000 for the Concerts in the Park series, said Michele Petitti, director of development for the Coal Creek YMCA. She said that’s the extent of the funds the Coal Creek YMCA has budgeted for contributions to community events.

Holly said $5,000 would fund about two concerts.

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One Response to “City firms up celebrations for 2010 schedule”

  1. Gary Adams on April 6th, 2010 5:44 pm

    Give up the only community celebration we have for a couple of movies and arbor day? Newcastle Days has been going since our City started. Even our Mayor must remember how energized it was when it started and that was done almost exclusively by volunteers. Remember when it had 3 times as many booths as in the past few years? A beer/wine garden? 2 day car show? Friday night music for the adults? And now we “might” have one and we leave it to the staff to figure out how to make it happen? Come on John. Rally your fellow Councilmembers, remind them what the purpose of Newcastle Days was and get it going. Show some leadership on it.

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