Labor Day Block Party
Cookout, family activities a prelude to summer's end
The Labor Day Block Party will give Bexley residents a chance to enjoy the last hoorah of the summer, with live entertainment, games, food and a "Trash & Treasure" Sale taking place throughout the day on Sunday, Sept. 1, at Jeffrey Mansion and Park.
The day will kick off with the Bexley Activity Club's "Trash & Treasure" Sale and silent auction, which will be held from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. The rummage sale will feature gently used clothing, books, furniture, electronics and other items donated by residents.
"There's been a lot of nice items donated," said Bexley Recreation Director Michael Price, "so there will be a lot of great stuff for people to look through."
A special feature of the block party this year is that Mayor Ben Kessler and former mayor David Madison will host a cookout, flipping burgers and grilling hot dogs and spiced sausages for attendees.
"We wanted to get back to grilling and the feel of a real cookout, with the smells coming from the grill," Price said.
The block party will feature games such as cornhole, a water-balloon toss, an underwater egg hunt and a high ropes course.
"With a lot of the games, we're going to have a lot of prizes to give away," Price said.
The block party also will include a new activity known as "pickleball," which is played with a hard paddle and a smaller version of a Wiffle ball.
"It's very similar to tennis," Price said.
Live entertainment will begin at 3 p.m., with Ray Pauken, followed by the 9 a.m. Band at 4:30 p.m., and the Meadow Music Concert featuring a local concert band.
Volunteers are still needed to help coordinate activities during the Labor Day Block Party, Price said.
For more information, call the city of Bexley Recreation and Parks department at 614-559-4300.