By MADOLINE MARKHAM
What do you love about We Love Homewood Day? Maybe it’s the succulent barbecue the Lion’s Club sells each year? Or watching the parade process down Oxmoor Road? If you’re a kid, it might be the inflatables at the Homewood Central Park or the tug-of-war competition between the three elementary schools? Or maybe it’s everything the day celebrates about the Homewood community?
“The event builds a sense of community and togetherness,” Rusty Holley of Homewood Parks and Recreation says. “It’s We Love Homewood Day, not I Love Homewood Day.”
The day starts at 10 a.m. on May 7 with kids activities, an arts and crafts expo, a bake sale, a silent auction and more in Homewood Central Park and the Homewood Community Center. Throughout the day, you can catch a variety of live acts on the main stage at Central Park as well as armored combat and other medieval demonstrations by the Society for Creative Anachronism.
Most festivities are free, but there are ticket costs for rides and barbecue plates. Shuttles will run between parking lots at Dawson Memorial Baptist Church and Trinity United Methodist to Homewood Central Park.
This year the arts and crafts vendor expo will be held in the community center gymnasium instead of the park to eliminate any potential weather concerns for vendors.
Everyone comes together to watch the annual parade down Oxmoor Road in the evening. The parade will include the Homewood High School band, youth cheerleaders, dignitaries, businesses, youth sports, Corky Bell dancers, and more.
The parade is followed by nighttime festivities in Edgewood. Emerging Atlanta band The Shadowboxers will take the stage after dark. Bring a lounge chair to sit and listen, or join in on the dancing in the street. The group describes their sound as “original accessible pop music that is rooted in soulful vocal harmony.” Their songs are suitable for all ages.
We Love Homewood Day is what it is thanks to the support of local sponsors. “Twin [Construction] is happy to give back to a community that has been so generous to our company throughout the years,” said Kacy Eoff of Twin Construction, Inc., a sponsor for the event.
“Homewood has been a great partner with Buffalo Rock and we are pleased to help with this great day,” said Matt Jordan, Division Support Manager of Buffalo Rock. Buffalo Rock provides volunteer T-shirts, special event trailers, and banners for the event.
Schedule for We Love Homewood Day
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Rotary Club Bake Sale, Community Center Auditorium.
10 a.m. -3 p.m. West Homewood Lions Club Barbecue
10 a.m.-4 p.m. -Arts and Crafts / Business Expo, Homewood Community Center Gymnasium
-Silent Auction, Community Center Room 100
-Rotary Club Sidewalk Chalk Art Expo, Central Park Playground
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Rides, Games and Inflatables at Homewood Central Park
5 p.m. We Love Homewood Day Parade Lineup
6 p.m. We Love Homewood Day Parade, travels from Homewood Library along Oxmoor Road to the Edgewood Business District
Sunset- 9 p.m. Street Dancers and The Shadowboxers, Edgewood