SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

August 21, 2013

Oldies Night is back in Danvers

BY ETHAN FORMAN
STAFF WRITER

---- — DANVERS — Break out your lawn chairs and your dancing shoes.

Oldies Night, a Danvers Family Festival favorite, takes place tonight from 6 to 9 in Danvers Square. The Family Festival event was postponed in June because of rain.

“It’s a really good time. The kids come and dance in Danvers Square, that’s the best part of it,” said Danvers Family Festival Co-chairman Bill McKenzie.

The musical street fair will feature DJ Chris Culkeen providing the oldies and the entertainment. There will also be plenty of vendors selling food and raffle tickets. Warm weather is expected.

Maple Street in Danvers Square will be blocked off between Elm and Cherry streets starting at 5 p.m. There will be a limited number of tables and chairs, and people are free to bring their own lawn chairs.

While the timing of this year’s Oldies Night is well outside the Family Festival calendar of June and July, organizers say August is a good time to hold the event. Students are getting ready to go back to school, and they are able to meet up with each other after a long summer.

“Now they have a night they can get together and have a good time,” McKenzie said.

McKenzie said it took some effort to get back into Family Festival planning mode, but when he contacted vendors, they came through for the event.

“Family Festival is never over,” McKenzie said.