Save the date Planning for May 10 community party underway

By on March 13, 2013

Photo by Stephen SeeberCory Van Brookhoven, president of the Lititz Historical Foundation, helped get the Lititz Springs Park crowd pumped up during a Coolest Town celebration last month. He's part of a committee working on the May 10 block party.

Fifty locals gathered March 7 at an open meeting at the Lititz Borough building. The list of attendees read like a veritable who’s who of local citizenry: cartoonist and Fourth of July organizer Bill Dussinger, author and philanthropist Kathy Blankenbiller, Heather Archuleta of Who Cares, Lioness Beryl Rihn, Steel Expressions owner Bob Sims, librarian Hollie De Filippo and many, many more.

All came with a common goal – to brainstorm ideas of ways to celebrate our recent victory as "Coolest Small Town in America" for 2013.

Kelly Withum of Venture Lititz facilitated the gathering and diligently took notes while the 90-minute non-stop barrage of ideas flowed.

Ideas for "cool" ways to celebrate included (but were not limited to):

? Memorabilia and collectibles to be marketed throughout the year;

? An old-fashioned family day in the park featuring street performers, food and entertainment;

? A harvest fest celebration during the end of October;

? A day to celebrate Lititz’s many artisans and musicians;

? Creation of a calendar, with photo submissions from the public;

? A geo-caching scavenger hunt or time capsule creation; and

? Improving on all local events to add the "coolness" factor into the mix.

Already on the books is an evening celebration planned for May 10. In addition to the celebration, it’s been hinted that an attempt will be made to break the Guinness World Record for the number of people wearing sunglasses in the dark. We’d need 1,643.

Naturally, this suggestion was met with a spontaneous group sing-along of Cory Hart’s "Sunglasses at Night." We are that cool.

By the end of the meeting, Kelly Withum’s hand was cramped from recording all the great suggestions and she assured attendees that the next step in the process involved budgeting and procuring event sponsors.

Withum was thrilled with the turnout.

"Lititz proves once again why it is the coolest," said Withum. "Fifty people came out to volunteer and so many others called or e-mailed their willingness to help with ideas, planning and volunteering for events over the coming year."

"Last night was proof of what makes our town the ‘coolest,’ as ideas poured in from the audience for almost two hours," Withum said. "The event on May 10 will be geared mainly for the community; other celebrations throughout this year will be a combination, offering fun for our community as well as for guests of our town."

"To make the most of this new title, various events will be created and thus, need volunteers to "make it happen." That means you!" Withum added. "The more people we get involved, the better the celebration. Therefore, there are committees that need to be formed."

Volunteers will be needed in the following areas: Design, Finance, Guinness World Book of Records, Music Coordination, Local Artists, Parking, Public Relations, Restaurant Coordinating, Set Up/Clean Up, Street Performers and Miscellaneous. If you feel you might like to help, contact Kelly Withum at or 626-6332.

The Record Express will continue to report on upcoming cool celebrations. Stay informed by visiting or follow Main St. Lititz on Facebook. More PLANNING, page A17

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