Celebrate city’s birthday at Newcastle Days

September 8, 2009

By Staff

Quinn Spencer, of Newcastle (left), gets to handle marionette bird puppets at the 2008 Newcastle Days with Joy Docter, owner of Uncle Stinky’s Magic & Novelties. File

Quinn Spencer, of Newcastle (left), gets to handle marionette bird puppets at the 2008 Newcastle Days with Joy Docter, owner of Uncle Stinky’s Magic & Novelties. File

The city of Newcastle marks its 15th birthday during Newcastle Days at Lake Boren Park on Sept. 12 and 13. The two-day celebration is free to the public and showcases art, service and the community spirit of the city.

Lance Lambert, of the “Vintage Vehicle Show,” returns to emcee the festival, which includes live bands, dance performances, arts and crafts activities, and plenty of food.

In addition to old entertainment favorites from 2008, you’ll find many newcomers. The lineup includes Gin Betty! (country/rock), Union Jack (Rolling Stones tribute band), the Fabulous Roof Shakers (blues, R&B, classic soul) and the Freckles Brown Band (country/rock/Americana, R&B, Motown). Children will be entertained by Cowboy Buck and Elizabeth, and Ronald McDonald.

Zaphara’s Middle Eastern Dance Troupe and magician Kevin Wolfe make return appearances this year. Lang’s Pony Rides will once again be on hand, as well as inflatable toys, and arts and crafts activities.Lambert will also preside over the annual Custom & Classic Car Show from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sept. 13. Registration opens at 10 a.m. that day and is free.

It will be “first come, first park,” so be sure to get there early. Dash plaques will be given to the first 100 entries. Trophies and prizes will also be awarded.

Parking near Lake Boren Park will be extremely challenging, and no one wants to get caught up in traffic in the surrounding neighborhood. The easiest way to get around during Newcastle Days is to take the free shuttle.

Park at Newcastle Elementary School (8400 136th Ave. S.E.) and ride the shuttle to Lake Boren Park. The shuttle runs continuously from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday, and from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday. The free shuttle service is provided by First Student Inc.

Note that Lake Boren Park’s main parking lot will be reserved for disabled drivers and service vehicles during Newcastle Days.

As if festival activities weren’t enough, the city of Newcastle is home to some beautiful trails. During Newcastle Days, the Newcastle Trails group will be leading some hikes. It’ll also have a booth you can stop by to learn more about the extensive network of free recreation located right outside your door. You can pick up a trails map and brochures, and look over photos of work parties.

The first hike is at 1 p.m. Sept. 12 along May Creek Trail. The second is 1 p.m. Sept. 13 on the West CrossTown Trail.

Entertainment schedule

Sept. 12

Main Stage

Noon 2112

1 p.m. BlueDog Dance

1:30 p.m. Gin Betty!

2:30 p.m. Cowboy Buck & Elizabeth

3 p.m. Crescendo

4 p.m. Zaphara’s Middle Eastern Dance Troupe

5 p.m. Freckles Brown Band

6 p.m. Kevin Wolfe, magician

6:45 p.m. Take One

Around the park

Noon – 5 p.m. Inflatable toys

Noon – 5 p.m. YMCA arts & crafts

2:15 p.m. Cowboy Buck & Elizabeth

1 – 6 p.m. Lang’s Pony Rides

Sept. 13

Main Stage

11:30 a.m. Union Jack

1 p.m. Ronald McDonald

1:30 p.m. Fabulous Roof Shakers

2:30 p.m. Cornerstone Studio

3:15 p.m. Custom and Classic Car Show Awards

4 p.m. Bad Habit

Around the park

Noon – 5 p.m. Inflatable toys

Noon – 5 p.m. YMCA arts & crafts

Noon – 5 p.m. Lang’s Pony Rides

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