The village of Shawnee Hills is planning two community events in July to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the village and to celebrate summer.
The first event is this Sunday from 3:30 to 6 p.m. and will mark both the commemoration of the new pavilion at the Shawnee Hills Park behind the police station, and will celebrate the village’s 75th anniversary.
Mayor Pat Monahan said that over the past nine years the village has been putting in parks and sidewalks and benches to give the community a space for events. Monahan said the pavilion that was just completed last month will be a place for picnics and other gatherings.
“I’m really proud of it,” Monahan said. “Village Council, administrative staff and police all worked together for this event. This pavilion is really an important thing, I think. Anything to get people out there using their community.”
Monahan said the village was found on July 10, 1941, and said there will be a dedication ceremony Sunday followed by a cake and ice cream social.
The second event is the second annual Summer Fest, hosted by the Shawnee Hills Chamber of Commerce on July 23.
Gates open for the event at 4 p.m. and the last band is scheduled to perform until 11 p.m. at the property east of Dublin Road and bordered on the north by The Salons of Shawnee Hills and on the south by Smith & Associates Realty.
Chamber of Commerce Vice President Carol Kender said there will be live entertainment, food, adult and youth beverages and children’s activities at the event.
Kender said the two musical acts performing at the festival are Agent99, a 1970s cover band; and Big Al and the Cap City Players, a crowd-pleaser who performed at the event last year.
“We have sponsored events before and, as in the past, it is our way of giving back to the community,” said Larry Burchfield, president of the chamber of commerce. “Summer Fest was a huge success last year and we look forward to more of the same.”
Kender said there is free parking in several areas of Shawnee Hills.
Both events are free and open to the public.
Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.