Festive Friday and Heritage Fest Saturday In Downtown Kent
Leading into the July 4th weekend, Kent kicks things off with Festive Friday downtown at the Home Savings Plaza with live music from 5 pm to 7 pm and then the movie The Princess Bride at 9 pm. Festive Friday is sponsored by the Standing Rock Cultural Arts and Downtown Innovative Community Events (aka DICE). So grab a chair and a couple of friends and come out and enjoy a warm summer evening with your Kent neighbors in a relaxed family friendly setting in the heart of downtown Kent. And Friday night is just the prelude to what’s in story for Saturday’s Heritage Festival.
I went to a couple of the outdoor summer movie showings last year before my family joined me in Kent and I’ve been anxiously awaiting the start of this season to bring them along. We’re already packed and ready to go 24 hours in advance. Our plan is to meet up with some family friends (Rich, Kelly, Brandon and Katelyn Gonos) after work at the Home Savings Plaza, grab something to eat in the restaurants along Franklin Avenue, catch some of the live music and top the night off with the movie The Princess Bride (click here to watch the trailer).
It’s been a number of years since I last saw this movie so I’m looking forward to catching it again, but best of all this time I get to watch it on Kent Parks and Rec new giant inflatable movie screen. How cool is this thing…
Thanks to donations from gracious people all over town, Kent Parks and Rec has been able to purchase this new screen as part of our effort to give the youth of all ages in Kent another reason to come spend time enjoying downtown Kent. I saw a similar screen in Toronto at their outdoor plaza theater, so now Toronto’s got nothing on us.
Saturday will be Kent’s renowned Heritage Fest. The Heritage Fest holds special meaning for me, not because it’s an amazing downtown event, but because it marks my 1 year anniversary as Kent’s City Manager. Just about this time last year I rolled into town and Dan Smith with the Chamber tried to convince me that the City was throwing a party in my honor and they were calling it the Heritage Festival. So just last week Dan gave me a heads up on my one year anniversary party that he had arranged that again he was calling the Heritage Fest.
Regardless of the reason for the party (do you really need a reason to party?), it was a great time for all ages last year and I’m sure this one will be even better. So whatever you’re into I’m pretty sure you’ll find it in downtown Kent this weekend. And although this event has become so popular that it brings thousands of people downtown, it is also so well run that it manages to keep that small town charm and more personalized feel that is all Kent.
If food, music, sights, sounds and smells aren’t enough to bring you down during the day, you definitely don’t want to miss the nighttime fireworks show. It’s a terrific show that will set the mood leading up to July 4th.
I’ll see you there.