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July 9, 2013 > SummerFest


By Nisha Patel

The word "summer" conjures a myriad of images, most involving relaxation, fun and food. Newark's Chamber of Commerce with the City of Newark and Newark Recycles has combined all of these good thoughts and feelings into a grand celebration, "SummerFest." Featuring a kaleidoscope of community outreach efforts, cultural exhibitions and crafts, good food, microbrews, music and auto/truck show, this event grows larger each year. Now in its fifth year, Summerfest returns July 13-14.

Microbrew fans will find a large selection of taste samples waiting for them from diverse sources such as nearby BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse, Ninkasi Brewing Company of Eugene, Oregon and many others. At the Kids Zone, two big bouncy houses, pony rides, face painting, and finger painting will be hosted by Kiwanis. An FBI outreach program will inform parents and students about internet safety and cell phone tips. Sunday Farmers' Market will also set up adjacent to Summerfest activities.

Classic Cruisers Car and Truck show returns to Summerfest on Saturday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. followed by an awards ceremony at 4 p.m. on the Community Stage. Two stages will feature live entertainment: Community Stage spotlighting local talent and the Main Stage featuring a variety of music genres.

Summerfest weekend will also mark the official retirement of Newark Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Linda Ashley, who has been an icon of the chamber for the last nine years and organized "SummerFest" for the last four years.

Music sponsors for "SummerFest" are Hilton of Newark/Fremont, Cargill, Republic Services, and Washington Hospital. The Classic Car and Truck Show is sponsored by Classic Cruisers USA, TGIF, and Almost Everything. Washington Township Medical Foundation; League of Volunteers (LOV); and Xfinity have sponsored the Kid Zone while other Gold Sponsors include Sign Zone; Evergreen Oil, Inc.; Minuteman Press; Cruise America; TGIF; and Grocery Outlet.

Saturday and Sunday, July 13-14
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
NewPark Mall
2086 Newpark Mall, Newark
(Parking lot between Macy's and Sears)
(510) 744-1000

Entertainment Schedule

Saturday, July 13
Main Stage:
10 a.m.: Max Cruise (rock/blues music)
Noon: Zydeco On Our Mind
2 p.m.: Rock & Roll Time Machine (tribute band)
4 p.m.: Michael McNevin (Americana/folk rock music)

Community Stage:
10 a.m.: Music for Minors II
11:30 a.m.: Karaoke with Susan
1 p.m.: The Resistance (rock/R & B music)
2:30 p.m.: Jazzercise

Sunday, July 14:
Main Stage:
10 a.m.: Phil Berkowitz (blues)
Noon: Highway 4 (country)
2 p.m.: Rock & Roll Time Machine (tribute band)
4 p.m.: The Diehards with Susan Harlow (classic rock)

Community Stage:
10 a.m.: Tracy Colon Dancers
11:30 a.m.: Stage 1, Thoroughly Modern Millie
1 p.m.: Navarone Boo
2:30 p.m.: Teresa Pellini/Lance Perry
4 p.m.: Allan Hutty: Crooner By the Bay

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