Summerville’s designation of Friendship Capital of The World seems to be a fitting title, due to the friendly climate and welcoming environment among the residents of the county. During the week of July 24-30 local citizens and businesses are encouraged to join together in celebrating friendship and peace.This was acknowledged during the July Summerville City Council Meeting by the reading of a Proclamation of Friendship Week by Mayor Harvey. Activities and acts of kindness aimed at bringing all people together throughout the week will culminate with a Friendship Festival to be hosted in Dowdy Park.
The week leading up to the festival may be celebrated daily in a wide variety of ways. Summerville Main Street has put together a schedule of suggested activities that could make the Friendship Week a memorable and nice experience for all who choose to participate. A suggested schedule of activities is listed as follows:
Sunday, July 24 – Take A Walk With A Friend
Monday, July 25– “Buy A Friend A Cup Of Coffee” or Send Them Something Special
Tuesday, July 26 – “Thank You Being A Friend Day” (Writing Thank You Letters to Service Workers or Others) Summerville Main Street will have a booth with cards and pens on the East Washington Streetscape during 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for those wishing to write Thank You Cards. Main Street will deliver cards to local businesses and local service workers at work.
Wednesday, July 27 – Take a Friend to Lunch Day / “Papa Friendly Way” will be in town awarding 10 lucky individuals with a certificate for an engraved brick for the World Friendship Pocket Park
Thursday, July 28 – Go Shopping with a Friend Day
Friday, July 29 – International Day of Friendship – Phone A Friend
Saturday, July 30 – Friendship Festival in Dowdy Park 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Friendship Festival Highlights
Highlighted during the Friendship Festival will be the raising the World’s Largest Flag of Friendship & Peace, food vendors, crafts, children’s activities, demonstrations, a Ground Breaking Ceremony for the World Friendship Pocket Park at 11:00 a.m.and a “Foot Parade of Friendship” at 1:00 p.m. Free Friendship bracelet making will be sponsored by Summerville Main Street. Amerigroup Community Care will also host a diaper distributionstarting at 9:00 a.m. (while supplies last) for new and expecting moms. Live musical entertainment will be provided by “Soulshine”. The band is comprised of Jay Clark on lead guitar, Wayne Milsaps on lead guitar and dobro and Chip Rowland with vocals and guitar.
World Friendship Pocket Park Brick Pavers Project
Expanding on the Friendship Capital of The World project, Summerville Main Street is currently selling engraved brick pavers for the World Friendship Pocket Park, set for installationfall of this year. Orders for engraved 4” x 8” brick pavers will be available at the cost of $100 to individuals, businesses, municipalities, civic organizations and churches through July 30, or until sold out. Those interested in purchasing a brick paver may contact Summerville Main Street by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or may visit the Main Street Office, located at 179 Union Street. Brick pavers may also be purchased at the Main Street booth during the Friendship Festival on July 30.
It is with great hope that each individual would make a pledge to present our community to the state, nation, and world with a positive attitude and commitment to make the world a better place through friendship.