JAMESTOWN – The City of Jamestown is gearing up for another fun-filled children’s event as Christmas in July is just around the corner.
Patrick Smeraldo, owner of Collaborative Children’s Solution’s, says the two-day event this weekend will be filled with family-friendly activities.
“On Friday evening we’re going to be at Diethrick Park, 7 p.m. for a game. We’re gonna have young explosives in again to do a crazy incredible job of Fireworks like they did for Hello Summer,” says Smeraldo. “In the middle of the game, probably mid-fourth inning we’re going to collaborate with Randy Anderson from the Hall of Fame, Sports Hall of Fame, and coach Tom Priester and we’re gonna celebrate Rayven Sample, the Special Olympian, the paralympian that went away last year that had so much success with a ‘Run with Rayven.’”
On Saturday, festivities move uptown to West Third Street for a Public Market and Craft Fair to benefit Toys for Tots running from 10 am to 4 pm. There will also be pony rides and additional Kids Day activities.
“At 9 a.m. we’re gonna have a color run for adults and children. 4K, 1K. It’s gonna start in front of the Northwest Arena at 9 a.m. and you’re gonna go opposite they usually do, you’re gonna go towards the Third Street bridge and then utilize the bike path down at McCrea Point and come back. Cause that’s important to the city, to show people what’s down there,” explains Smeraldo.
Registration for the color run is free to all with code FreeColor22.
Following the run, a curling tournament will take place at the arena at noon. All experience levels are encouraged to participate. Register via email to email@example.com.
“At 6:30, that’s where the real jewel comes in. Compliments of our sponsorship from the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency and Chautauqua County Partnership on Economic Growth, we’ve contracted with the National Comedy Center to hold Christmas in July. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at 6:30 in front of the Comedy Center. All you need to bring is a chair and blanket. Have a seat, relax,” says Smeraldo.
The night will be concluded with a walk-through Jamestown Holiday Village parade at the North and South Basin on the Chadakoin River Walk from 8 to 10 p.m.
Smeraldo hopes events like Christmas in July will expose children to places and activities that already exist in the area that they may not know about.
“With all the things we have here to offer in Jamestown, you shouldn’t be bored number one, in centrally located Jamestown. It’s the activity over the summer, regression you know, same old thing, I get bored, what do I do? What do I do? Keep them active and then we’ll do some more events,” promises Smeraldo.