I spent the first few years of living here as a single person not attending Cheverly Day. Why? Because I had no idea what it was… Now I know more about Cheverly and so look forward to the weekend. I even cancelled a NYC trip this weekend so I could be here for it! Thankfully I have a guest blogger today, Cheverly resident Aimee Olivo to explain everything that will take place THIS Saturday. Enjoy!
You may not realize it, but the BEST DAY OF THE YEAR is only a few days away: Cheverly Day!
May 20, 2017 marks my 12th Cheverly Day and I’m still kicking myself for skipping it the first year we lived in town. If you are new to town, I don’t want you to make the same mistake, so I offered to Lisa to put together my thoughts on the day’s schedule. Cheverly Day veterans — share your thoughts in the comments!
Every five years (six in this case as last year’s parade was rained out) a hokey and somewhat rag-tag parade marches downhill on Cheverly Avenue from Kilmer Street to Forrest Road. It’s fabulous! You’ve read before on this blog the #1 piece of advice for living in Cheverly is to get involved with a group. You’ll see that community engagement on full display at the parade where many residents (my family included!) could legitimately be part of 3-5 different parade units! That means if you aren’t marching in the parade, we really need you to watch it and cheer us on!
After the parade, plan to head to Town Park (the park around/below the Community Center & Police Station) for the day. Make sure to take some cash!
At noon (or when enough people meander to the baseball diamond to form teams!) the famed East West Softball game kicks off. Absolutely no skill is required. People are even happy to share gear if you don’t have any! If you have a some gear, bring it. The winning side of town earns 364 days of bragging rights (East Side Rules!) (Editor’s Note: East Side Drools! WEST Side Rules!)
The 3 on 3 basketball tournament kicks off at noon in the community center gym. (Sign up here: http://www.cheverlyday.org/events.html#annual3on3). Sponsored by the Cheverly Police Department, and unlike the softball game, this is some seriously awesome competition. (See also: I’ve never played in it.)
The Food & Games!
Food, drink, and games start at 2:00 pm. Make sure to have some cash on hand for the afternoon, but know that everything is very affordable. At “The Midway” on the tennis courts, all kinds of simple games of yore are 50 cents each, with prizes your kids will love and you’ll be happy to donate back to the Midway next year–think knock down the milk bottles.
On the basketball courts, practice your hole-in-ones at a mini golf course built by Cheverly residents. (You won’t believe how awesome each hole is!) Play corn hole, enjoy some food, get your face painted, visit some vendors and community groups, play bubble soccer (or watch and laugh!!), and — a perennial favorite — take a seat and enjoy a beer or glass of wine at the St. Ambrose Men’s Club Beer Garden and American Legion Auxiliary Wine Tent. The Midway and games end at 6:00pm but the food and drink continue into the evening!
At 2:30 pm the new permanent stage gets to make its grand debut! The Cheverly Day Committee (THANK YOU, WONDERFUL VOLUNTEERS!) books an incredible line up of acts every year. The music will continue until 8:30 pm.
Be sure to be by the stage at 8:30 pm when the Mayor gives remarks and presents awards to Cheverly residents/groups. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.
Whatever you do on May 20, make sure to be at Town Park by 9:00 pm for the FIREWORKS! Cheverly legend has it that our fireworks are the “test run” for the fireworks at the National Mall on July 4. I have no idea if that is actually true, but they are so incredible that the legend persists. A source of great pride and enjoyment for Cheverly residents young and old (though, perhaps not for our furry friends!), there is no better feeling than being surrounded by your amazing community as you “ooohhhh” and “aaahhhh” over an incredible fireworks display in the center of your small town.
I hope to see you on Cheverly Day. You can find lots more details at www.cheverlyday.org — including info about the shuttle!
P.S. Let me give one more huge shout-out to the tireless Cheverly Day Committee — volunteers who spend hours and hours making this a wonderful day for our entire town! THANK YOU!