Christmas In July Highlighting Inclusivity

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JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – Christmas in July has kicked off in the City of Jamestown, bringing with it a weekend of inclusivity.

The festive weekend kicked off Thursday with the Gus Macker Kickoff Party, seeing close to 500 people come to the Riverwalk.

On Friday beginning at 4 p.m. adults can engage with a Happy Hour Scavenger Hunt across eight different restaurants and bars, alongside the Whirly Bird Festival.

The following day slows down with the Downtown Jamestown Farmers Market, with this week’s market featuring the Sun-Dance-Kids Farm Petting Zoo.

The last day of the festivities will come to a head with two games of baseball.

“Sunday night’s the biggie,“ explained Patrick Smeraldo. “We’re going to be at the Tarp Skunks game, double header. My guy Vinny Ognibene is throwing out the pitch at the first game. We’ll have all our characters out there. Tarp Skunks have a double header at 5 and 7, then we have a great fireworks show that evening.” 

The main goal with this year’s event is to include everyone.

“Along the first base side, there’s a tent that the Tarp Skunks have down there,” stated Smeraldo. “We have the walls, to wall that off a little bit, and we’re going to make a quiet zone at the game for any child or adult that has trouble with loud noises, or fireworks, or things like that. There’s going to be some fidget toys in there and some bean bag chairs, and just a place to take a break if they need to.”   

Due to inclement weather Thursday night, the free concert featuring Nerds Gone Wild! had to be postponed.

A rescheduled date has been set, and will be announced sometime in the near future.


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