Members of the Fenwick Island Parks and Recreation Committee declared the first storytime event of the summer season a rousing success.
The June 18 session drew some 12 children to the town park for stories from the two Ms. Susies. Committee Chairman and Council Member Harry Haon noted that an additional 10 children had been present when the attendees’ families were counted.
The storytime event was expanded for 2005, from two dates to five spread throughout Saturdays during the summer. The June 18 date was the first on the schedule, with additional story-time events set for July 2, July 16, July 30 and Aug. 13, all at 10 a.m. in the gazebo.
Ms. Susies’ Storytime in the Park is one of several scheduled entertainment offerings from the town that have been organized by the committee this year.
Saturday, July 30, will mark its next major event, with a performance by 15-member barbershop chorus Nautical Sounds, starting at 5:30 p.m. Committee members plan to strongly promote the event with hopes of dramatically exceeding the nominal turnout received for the town’s Memorial Day event, held May 28.
Haon said he believes it takes a special effort on the part of the town to get people out for such events. They’re not yet in the habit of checking to see what events are planned, he said, referencing the town’s new effort to host and promote such events.
Public Works Supervisor Neil Hanrahan noted the challenge of gaining turnout in a “transient” town and said effort should be made to “get people coming and going” through the town.
With that in mind, the committee plans to make extra effort to promote the July 30 barbershop event.
Despite minimal ongoing promotion, Fenwick Island’s engraved brick project continues to receive orders for customized bricks to be placed in the park. Hanrahan said the first order of the year — for some half-dozen bricks — had recently been placed, with plans to place additional orders at the end of July and August.
The smaller bricks available for order can be engraved with a name, while larger bricks have options for small designs or logos. More information on the project can be obtained by calling Fenwick Island Town Hall at (302) 539-3011.
Also at their June 22 meeting, members of the Parks and Recreation Committee decided to take no action on a request for additional shade to be provided at the shuffleboard courts in the town park.
It was noted that shade was already provided at a nearby table, while planting a tree or installing a structure to provide sufficient shade for the entire court would be difficult or prohibitive.
The suggestion to possibly eliminate the nearby volleyball court was given more credence, on the basis that the court is not being used as regularly as in previous years. Even the town’s beach patrol doesn’t continue to play on the court regularly, Haon said.
He focused on possible uses for the space, noting both a lack of parking at the town hall and impending plans for possible expansion of the town hall itself. Eliminating the court could serve to provide parking, additional space for building expansion and/or expansion of the park itself.
Hanrahan noted that his department had recently ordered a barrier net to keep balls from escaping the court and rolling onto the nearby road. That net has been shipped and cannot be returned, he said.
Committee members considered the issue but took no action.
Finally, Council Member and Beach Patrol Committee Chairman Theo Brans mentioned the planned July 2 bonfire being organized by that committee. The event is set to start at 7:30 p.m. on the beach between James and King streets. It will include games for children, the featured bonfire and music between 9:30 and 10:30 p.m., wrapping up around 11 p.m.