Community Day Celebrates Town/College Partnership

Ursinus College is partnering with The Collegeville Economic Development Corp. (CEDC) to provide outdoor family fun April 20 on the Ursinus campus. Community Day will showcase the talent and offerings of the Ursinus campus and community from noon to 4 p.m. on the front lawn of the campus. The festivities will be marked by music, art, dance, Earth Day activities, Ursinus athletic events, and crafts, food and gift items. A detailed schedule can be found here.

Collegeville SignThe event showcases the College’s partnership with the community. “Ursinus College is delighted to partner with CEDC in hosting this year’s Community Day,” said Ursinus College President Bobby Fong. “We look forward to welcoming our fellow Collegeville citizens to our campus and to sharing our arts and culture offerings.”

Community Day features music and performances by the Ursinus College Dance Company, the Ursinus Jazz Ensemble, and the a cappella singing Bearitones (male singers) and B’Naturals (female singers).

On Saturday evening community residents can choose between a choral concert and a dance performance. The Ursinus Meistersingers will perform in Bomberger Auditorium at 7:30 p.m., conducted by John French, holder of the Heefner Chair in Music. The performance is free and no reservations are required.

Also at 7:30 p.m., the Ursinus College Dance Company will present a spring performance in the Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center’s Lenfest Theater. Tickets are $5 general admission, and $2 for students and seniors aged 65 and over. Call the Box Office at 610-409-3030 for reservations and information.

Earlier in the day, The Philip and Muriel Berman of Art will offer an up-close and personal look at the Outdoor Sculpture Collection.

And to make original art, for a suggested $5 donation, chalk will be provided from noon to 2 p.m. so children, teens and adults can join in the “Chalk It Up!” sidewalk chalk drawing contest on the Main Street sidewalk in front of the College. Prizes will be presented at 3:30 p.m. to the winners in different categories and age groups. For those whose knees aren’t as bendable as they used to be, chalk boards and chairs will be provided to make the art experience more comfortable. Individuals itching to exercise their inner chalk side can sign up for their exclusive piece of Collegeville sidewalk or reserve their chalk board and chair at http://collegevilledevelopment.com/

A “Kids Need Fun!” area will include carnival games for all ages. Leave the electronic gadgets at home and enjoy old-fashioned Basketball Double Shots, the Balloon Competition, Create with Spin Art, face painting and more.

 Participants also can enjoy:

  • An Earth Day activity coordinated by the Ursinus College Environmental Action group;
  • Men’s Tennis starts at 1 p.m. vs. McDaniel at the College’s Ace Bailey Courts behind the baseball field;
  • Women’s Lacrosse starts at 1 p.m. vs. McDaniel College in the Patterson Field behind the Field house;
  • Crafts, gift and food items will be offered for sale. Selections include Harvest Hill Farm potted plants and country gifts, Maura’s Celtic Crafts, and jewelry from the Kaleidoscope Design Studio among others;
  • Enjoy lunch and snacks alfresco from Phamous Phil’s BBQ, the CEDC Gourmet BBQ Girls, and Rita’s Water Ice, among others, while you enjoy the music and dance performances;
  • A Community Partnership Parade

The talented students from The Community Music School will perform, and the energetic dancers from The Collegeville Dance Depot will dance and stage a dance competition for all ages.

 “After a hiatus of five years, we are bringing back and re-energizing our Community Day event,” said Rachael Morrison, Executive Director of the non-profit CEDC. “Many of our residents are unaware of the wonderful cultural arts opportunities on the Ursinus campus, and this event will bring them up close and personal with the life of our vibrant campus right here in the center of Collegeville.”

Collegeville’s 2013 Community Day is sponsored by the Collegeville office of Susquehanna Bank, located on Rt. 29 near Wawa. “Susquehanna is known for giving back to the communities it serves by funding programs which encourage proactive community and economic development and access to the arts,” says Morrison. “We greatly appreciate their support!”

Parking is available in the Ursinus West Parking lot; enter from Ninth Ave. There will also be some spaces in the lots accessible from Fifth Ave.

For more  information, visit http://collegevilledevelopment.com/ or contact Rachael Morrison by e-mail at manager@collegevilledevelopment.org or call (610) 454-1050.

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