by Diane VanDyke
Montgomery County Community College continues its yearlong 50th anniversary celebration by partnering with Whitpain Township to host the 2014 Community Festival at its Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, on Saturday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission to the Community Festival is free, and it is open to the public—everyone is invited to join in the festivities.
This year’s Community Festival highlights include performances by Puss N Boots—featuring Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson and Catherine Popper—with opening acts by Ashley Leone and the Fort Washington School of Rock, and will conclude with a spectacular display of fireworks in honor of the 50th anniversary.
The family-fun day will be packed with activities starting at 9 a.m. when community vendors open their stands with their arts, crafts and specialties, and a bountiful pumpkin patch opens for children.
At 11 a.m., Enchantment Theatre Company will present “The Fisherman and the Flounder” in the Science Center Theater. At noon, additional children activities will start, including a petting zoo, inflatable games, hayrides, pony rides, a trackless train and games.
Also at noon, Funky T kicks off the afternoon of music performances, followed by Bravo Jazz at 1:30 p.m., Next 2 Normal at 3 p.m. and music student Candace Benson at 4 p.m. Benson was the runner-up winner on the recent BET “Sunday Best” national singing competition.
Additionally, the College’s health science students will be hosting their annual Health Expo with information tables and screenings from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. College admission information sessions and tours will be held throughout the day—a great opportunity to learn about the College 100+ associate degree and certificate programs, including online programs, and to see the College’s state-of-the-art facilities.
During the event, Community Festival attendees can join in a bone marrow drive that could help save the life of someone battling cancer. To join, interested volunteers should check out Love, Hope & Strength Foundation’s bone marrow table in the quad area to have cheek swabs done and complete a form to add their names to the National Bone Marrow Registry. A bone marrow donation is a simple outpatient procedure and can save lives. Last year, 65 donors signed up and the Foundation hopes to sign up many more this year.
While the children’s games and activities will conclude around 5 p.m., music performances will continue throughout the evening. Bring your folding chairs and blankets for the concert. The exciting young performers from the Ft. Washington School of Rock will kick off the evening’s music, followed by rising singer/songwriter and Blue Bell native Ashley Leone, who will open for Puss N Boots featuring Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson and Catherine Popper at 7 p.m. Puss N Boots, an alternative country band from Brooklyn, New York, recently released their first full-length album, No Fools, No Fun, in July 2014. Fireworks will follow their performance.
The food court—featuring a wide-array of popular favorites from area restaurants—will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The 2014 Whitpain Community Festival is made possible by many generous sponsors, including Baird/The Foley Group and Genisys Credit Union, as well as Eastburn and Gray, P.C.; Professional Data Solutions; Whitpain Police Association; Sesame Rockwood Camps; Conestoga Bank; Univest; TD Bank; Wisler Pearlstine, LLP; and Norristown Bell Credit Union.
For more information, visit Montgomery County Community College’s website at mc3.edu, Whitpain Township’s Parks and Recreation website at whitpainrec.com or Facebook at facebook.com/whitpainharvestfest. Share your photos of the festival on Twitter and Instagram with #CommFest14.