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May 29, 2014

Danvers Family Festival: More than 30 family events to choose from

DANVERS — Danvers Family Festival kicks off June 20 for two solid weeks and 32 different events.

The festival gears up with a Hooray for Hollywood gala on Friday, June 20, at the Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St. You can walk the red carpet into a recreated 1940s nightclub, complete with paparazzi, big band swing dancing and the opportunity to appear in a black-and-white photograph with screen legends Clark Gable or John Wayne. Tickets, which cost $65, went on sale on May 1.

Last year’s Speakeasy gala was a big hit, said Keelin Dawe, the festival’s spokesperson.

“It was very, very popular,” Dawe said. “A great time was had by all and we look forward to having fun this year.”

One of the more popular events is the belly-busting Scoop-Ahhh-Bowl, which takes place at the Great Oak School playground, 76 Pickering St., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 21. The cost is $5 for samples from local ice cream vendors, plus rides, face painting, balloon artists and other activities. Also June 21, Kiwanis Bike Safety Rodeo takes place from 9 a.m. to noon at the Great Oak School, while the Liberty Tree Mall at 100 Independence Way will host a Touch-a-Truck event from noon to 3 p.m. in the back parking lot.

Later in the week, on Wednesday, June 25, DJ Chris Culkeen will provide the tunes for Oldies Night, the town’s midsummer block party in Danvers Square, and the Boy Scouts Troop 16 Spaghetti Supper takes place at the Maple Street Congregational Church, 90 Maple St. Spaghetti supper tickets cost $15 for families, $5 for adults and $4 for seniors and children. There is no charge to dance the night away in the square at Oldies Night, which is sponsored by both Danvers Family Festival and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

This year, Endicott Park Day falls on Saturday, June 28, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Endicott Park on Forest Street. An afternoon of rides costs just $5. There will be a doll carriage parade, face painting, demonstrations, craft booths and other activities.

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