Union County celebrates National Night Out
On Tuesday people nationwide and throughout the county participated in celebrations for National Night Out.
In Union County, the festivities consisted of block parties, neighborhood get togethers and other activities.
In Wesley Chapel, the parking lot of the village’s Target store was packed full of activities and at the Sutton Park Recreation Center in Monroe, the facility was so packed with people that many could not find a place to park and had to search for a spot along the street.
“It’s going wonderful, a little warm, but good community support,” Lt. William Thompson of the Union County Sheriff’s Office said during the Wesley Chapel activities.
In Wesley Chapel, the village’s National Night Out began with a few words from the Village Council, Sheriff Eddie Cathey and other members of the Union County Sheriff’s Office.
The Sheriff’s Office had a vehicle and booth at the event as well and a number of deputies could be found mingling and socializing with the public throughout the event. Members of the local fire department and EMS were also present and had vehicles displayed that people could look around in and tour. The event also featured a variety of activities that included a martial arts demonstration, trivia, panning for gold, face painting, crafts and others. There was also food available for those who attended.
“We’ve been out here every year,” Shawn Crenshaw, who attended the Wesley Chapel event with his family, said.
They like participating in the village’s National Night Out activities every year as a way to meet others in the community and learn more about what’s available and around in their area, he said.
Monroe chose to host a Monroe Night Out instead of a National Night Out this year but that didn’t stop many neighborhoods such as Sutton Park from hosting activities.
At Sutton Park Recreation Center Tuesday, you could find food, board games, volleyball and basketball games, kickball, snow cones and other activities. Though activities at the center began around 6 p.m., as daylight began to fade and it began to get dark outside, people could still be found having fun on the volleyball and basketball courts as well as inside of the building socializing and enjoying some of the food offered.
“It’s absolutely awesome, pleased with the turnout,” Ron Cureton, who helped organize the Sutton Park activities said.
They are continually working to reach out to the community and to get more people involved in the event. He was happy to see so many people come out on Tuesday, he said.
In addition to residents of the local neighborhood, Morgan Haulk, Jonathan Williams and Timothy Sykes, officers with the Monroe Police Department, could also be found at the event participating in the different activities.
Earlier they played in a kickball game and around 8 p.m. were handing out glow necklaces to those who attended, Haulk said.
“It’s a lot of fun. Good food, nice people, good turnout,” Laura Schmitt, who attended the event with her children said.
Angela James and Rosalind Johnson, members of the Sutton Park community, could be found making and serving snow cones Tuesday and enjoying themselves.
“I love it every year,” James said in reference to the neighborhood’s National Night Out and Monroe Night Out activities.
She volunteers every year to help with the event, she said.
Other National Night Out and Monroe Night Out activities on Tuesday:
From 6 p.m.- 9 p.m., Marshville hosted its first ever National Night Out event.
It was held in the parking lot of Indian Trail Baptist Church's East Campus at 6140 W. Marshville Boulevard. It featured children's activities, bounce houses, vendors, a drunk-driving golf cart simulation conducted by the Marshville Police Department and a dunking booth. There was also hotdogs, Bojangles' chicken and other food available at the event.
Bragg Street Community Center, 624 North Bragg Street
A variety of food items were offered for residents and a community get together was planned for the afternoon and evening.
LakeShores, 1102 Bentwood Lane
Hotdogs and hamburgers were served and members of the community were asked to bring a side item to serve at the event. Corn hole games were also set up for children.
Carmel Village, 2215 Knollgate Drive
A community get together was held at 2215 Knollgate Drive.
108 Forrest Hills Drive
The community hosted a covered dish supper.
Lakeview Estates, 1226 Rosa Drive
The community hosted a neighborhood get together and community members brought food to the event.
Nottingham Apartments, 2613 Nottingham Drive
An ice cream social was held at the pool in the apartment complex.
Quality Hills, Old Armory on Johnson Street
A variety of indoor games, a talent show and a 50/50 drawing were planned for the event. Hotdogs, baked beans, chips, cookies and other food items were also planned to be offered during the event.
Riverchase, 2501 block of Riverchase Drive
Food was provided for the community by Dee and Charlie Snead, owners of A Cut Above The Rest Lawn Maintenance. The event also featured face painting, children's activities and a non-refrigerated dessert contest.
Other planned Monroe activities
Activities were also scheduled in the Cotton Street Commons, Historic District, Colonial Village, Lexington Commons and in the Winchester communities.
A party and tailgate was held at the Community House at 1401 Millbridge Parkway. There were also activities planned for the event in the Prescot community.
The community hosted an event from 6:30 p.m.- 9 p.m. in Gazebo Park. It featured food, a DJ, coloring contest with prizes, an introductory self defense class provided by Corey Family Martial Arts, an appearance by members of the Hemby Bridge Fire Department, child ID kits and other activities.
The town hosted a National Night Out celebration at Marvin Efird Park at 8908 Newtown Road.
The Windcrest, Brandon Oaks, Brook Haven and Cornerstone communities hosted various National Night Out activities for residents.