The City of Englewood plans its second annual block party from 3 to 9 p.m. Sept. 8. The 3400 block of South Broadway will be closed to allow space for live music and a variety of family-friendly …
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The City of Englewood plans its second annual block party from 3 to 9 p.m. Sept. 8. The 3400 block of South Broadway will be closed to allow space for live music and a variety of family-friendly entertainment, but businesses will remain open.
The Englewood Block Party was created in 2017 to provide a way to support local businesses and provide residents with a day of free fun and entertainment.
Last year's party drew more than 3,000 guests, more than double the city's 1,500 goal for its first year, according to a news release from the city. Local businesses welcomed a high number of customers, some experiencing standing-room-only, the release said.
“Last year, everything fell into place for a great time,” Englewood Communications Manager Alison Carney, who oversees the event, said in the release. “I think the event gave the community something they had been asking for, and that is — something fun to do that also creates a sense of community in their own back yard.”
The 2018 block party is expected to be even more successful, based on early attendee forecasts, a high volume of vendor booth registrations, and a diverse lineup of talented local artists playing live music throughout the evening, the city said in the release. Popular food trucks and Breckenridge Brewery's tap truck will be onsite.
The Museum of Outdoor Arts will debut its custom portable cinema, and a wide selection of games and activities will be available for all ages. The event was also moved up by a month so attendees can enjoy the outdoor party in warmer weather.
Last year's party was great fun, according to Carrie Moore, owner of Peace Cellar, which is on the block of the event.
This year's party also has a volunteer component in the morning. More than 200 volunteers are expected to participate in Neighborhood Rehabilitation Project's eighth annual day of service, Be A Tool. These volunteers will provide handiwork assistance to several Englewood homes in need of warm, dry, and safe repairs, including houses damaged by the July 24 storm and flood. Revenue from beer sales at the block party will benefit Be A Tool and the Englewood Historic Preservation Society.
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