Organizers Planning for Red, White & Brew Event on July 6
On Saturday, June 15, the community turned out in droves for the first ever Pawling Block Party. Presented by the Pawling Merchants Committee and Chamber of Commerce, the afternoon saw Charles Colman Boulevard come alive with activity, filled with merchants, food, and live entertainment.
More than twenty local businesses were on hand at the Block Party in an impressive display of unity for local commerce. “I think the turnout was fantastic. I spoke to almost every vendor individually and they were thrilled with the turnout and the traffic to their booths,” said Chris Shaw, owner of Tangible Marketing.
Among the booths lining the streets were representatives from Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue, The Imperial Castle Toy Shop, Pawling Public Radio, Lucky Orphan Horse Rescue, and The Sunflour Bakery. The beer tent, staffed by employees of the Tap House Tavern, also proved to be a popular destination for attendants.
Putting together such an ambitious event for the first time meant that organizers had to collaborate and work together to ensure that the afternoon would be a success. “We couldn't be happier with the turn out for the Block Party,” says John Ragusa, owner of The Imperial Castle Toy Shop. “For a first time event, the merchants had to really learn on the fly and tackle a ton of logistical issues. But the amazing teamwork shown by everyone really showed in the final result.” Chris Shaw emphasized the cooperation by the merchants, saying “There are challenges with every big event but the team came together to pull it off as always and now that we've done it once, next year is going to be even bigger and better!”
The event makes the latest successful endeavor of the Merchants Committee and the Chamber of Commerce, which in the past has included the popular Champagne Stroll in December. “The Merchant Committee is really excited to be able to plan these events and to collaborate with the Chamber, the Village, the Town and all the local merchants,” adds Chris Shaw. “No one person can do this alone. It’s a community effort for sure.”
With the Block Party a success, organizers are already looking ahead to their next community event, the Red, White, and Brew Independence Day celebration on Saturday, July 6. From 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Charles Colman Boulevard will once again be alive with food, drink, and live music, culminating with a fireworks show after dark. “There is a clear signal that Pawling is filled with great people who want to enjoy the community spirit we've seen getting fostered,” concludes John Ragusa. “The July 6 event is building off that. While the planning is still going on, I think you'll see a lot of vendors, food, music and everything for a great afternoon!”