BY ETHAN FORMAN
---- — 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.
Other family events include Danvers Historical Society’s History, Harmony and Hot Dogs on Monday, June 23, from 5 to 8 p.m. on the grounds of historic Glen Magna Farms on Ingersoll Street. Eat hot dogs and drink root beer floats while listening to the music of the band Don’t Call Me Shirley. A small donation will help the Historical Society with its preservation mission. On the same night, you can attend Danvers Recreation’s Craft and a Movie Night. Please, no coolers or pets.
Kids can take their favorite stuffed friends to a Teddy Bear Clinic at Lahey Outpatient Center Danvers, 480 Maple St., on Tuesday, June 29, from 9 to 11 a.m. Clinical staff will have child-safe medical supplies on hand so your kid can play doctor, helping to make your child’s next doctor’s visit more manageable. The first 100 “doctors” will get a new teddy bear for participation.
This year’s Rotary Concert will feature the U.S. Air Force Blue Aces band on Monday, June 30, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Rotary Pavilion, 15 Sylvan St., adjacent to the Danvers library.
The festival also offers a chance to become a star — at least on the North Shore — through the popular Danvers Idol singing contest. Preliminaries are Saturday, June 7, at DCAT’s studio, 87 Elm St., second floor. Register online to participate at www.danversfamilyfestival.com (Danvers residency is not required). Finals are Saturday, June 28, at Danvers High. The winner sings at the Danvers fireworks.
Of course, the festival would not be complete without one of the largest fireworks displays on the North Shore. This year’s Fireworks Festival in Plains Park, behind the Holten Richmond Middle School at 55 Conant St., is set for Thursday, July 3. The festival draws tens of thousands each year. Security measures in place last year will be in place this year, including a ban on backpacks. The rain date for the fireworks is July 5.
If you go
What: 35th Annual Danvers Family Festival
When: June 20 to July 12 (event times and dates are subject to change)
Where: Various locations around Danvers
Cost: Many events are free; some have admission costs or tickets
Fireworks: Thursday, July 3, Plains Park; fireworks start at 9:30 a.m.