With high hopes, and plenty of effort, the Quincy Valley Chamber of Commerce will kick off the FCAD festivities with a B Street Block Party this Sept. 10.
The block party is the second such event of the year, as the chamber helped organize a similar block party on the same street last July.
“It’s just our way to bring the community together,” said Cari Mathews, head of the Quincy chamber. At the same time, the event will serve as an opening salvo of sorts for the daylong Farmer-Consumer Awareness Day festivities of the next day.
The B Street Block Party will take place on that street between Central Avenue and First Avenue SE, and will run between 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Area restaurants, catering companies and wineries will offer their goodies, while two performers, Beau Vanwinkle (6 p.m.) and Aaron Crawford (8 p.m. will provide the entertainment.
The question arises on whether this will become a fixture in the Quincy entertainment calendar. Mathews says the answer remains a definite maybe.
“It’s a lot of work,” to put on one of these events, she said, and the work is made even harder by the shortage of volunteers for set-up and tear-down.
Even if there is not a block party after this one, this does not mean that the fun will stop at B Street, Mathews said. Tentative plans are in the works to bring some Halloween action to B Street, perhaps in the form of a Trunk-or-Treat.
For now, though, the focus is on the B Street happenings. With folks anxious for a slice of normalcy and fun, and with this block party happening outdoors, this may just be what the folks in Quincy needed to start FCAD weekend off in style. Face coverings are optional, Mathews added.