Summer is starting with a splash (or several of them) this Friday at St. Albans City Park.
The St. Albans Parks and Recreation Department will host a free family fun pool night from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, June 21, at the park, 931 Observatory Drive in St. Albans. Admission is free to partake of a pool evening featuring a DJ spinning tunes, plus raffle prizes to be awarded. Concessions will be available for purchase.
Starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 29, St. Albans Roadside Park, along U.S. 60, will be the site of a bevy of family-oriented activities until 11 p.m. The offerings will include a hot dog eating contest, with men and women’s categories, for $10 per registrant. A cornhole tournament will be played, with cash prizes to be awarded to the winners. Youngsters will be able to enjoy diversions such as inflatables and face painting. Foods for purchase will include Kona Hawaiian ice and hot dogs and accoutrements from Bammy’s Chili Dogs.
At 7 p.m., live music will get underway, performed by Santana-style band Abraxas.
St. Albans Parks and Recreation Department Program Coordinator Scott Tweedy said the June 29 gathering will also include a showing of the film “My Girl” later in the evening.
“Usually, we show one or two movies a month with our Food Truck and Music Festivals at Roadside Park,” Tweedy said. “On June 29, this will be the first time we’ve done the hot dog eating contest, but we added that and the cornhole tournament.”
Family movies also scheduled at Roadside Park this summer will be “How to Train Your Dragon” on July 13 and another film on Aug. 10.
“The next Food Truck and Music Festival is Aug. 24,” Tweedy said. “We try to have three or four food trucks and two or three bands at them, along with inflatables, face painting and other things for the kids.”
From 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, Maranatha Fellowship Church will sponsor the St. Albans Freedom Celebration and Backpack Giveaway at St. Albans Roadside Park. Along with live music by Bluegrass Harmony, inflatables, food and fireworks at the finale, the free Freedom Celebration will provide 750 elementary and 250 middle/high school student backpacks on a first-come, first-serve basis; students receiving the backpacks must be present.
Those attending the park functions are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs for seating.
St. Albans Parks and Recreation will also ally with the St. Albans High School Lady Red Dragons for a youth basketball camp and a girls’ summer basketball league, starting in July as well.
Camp sessions will be conducted Monday, July 8, through Wednesday, July 10. Camp for incoming third through fifth grade students will take place from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and, for incoming sixth through eighth graders, camp will be held from 1 until 3:30 p.m. on those days.
Activities will include basketball fundamentals, such as ball handling, defense, passing, shooting and rebounding; guest speakers; team-building exercises and competition games.
The cost of this camp is $50 per camper.
From Tuesday, July 9, through Thursday, Aug. 1, the summer girls’ basketball league will meet at 6 p.m. at St. Albans High School every Tuesday and Thursday. The league is open to all girls entering third through fifth grade or entering sixth through eighth grade in the fall.
The cost of summer league participation is $40 per registrant, which includes the league fee and a reversible jersey.
For more information or to register for the camp or league, contact Scott Tweedy at 304-545-1410 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Payment for the July 8-10 camp can also be made on the first day of camp.
For more information about these and other upcoming programs throughout St. Albans, contact the St. Albans Parks and Recreation Department at 304-722-4625.
To pre-register for the June 29 hot dog eating contest, direct email to email@example.com
For more information regarding the July 3 Freedom Celebration, contact Maranatha Fellowship Church at 304-722-6271 or visit the church’s Facebook page.