The village has begun preparing for two major events which will both be taking place Sunday, June 7: A Day in Our Village and Sculpture Walk.
A Day in Our Village
Residents are familiar with the annual family-friendly event A Day in Our Village, as it has been one of the biggest celebrations in the community for over 40 years. The festivities will be held at Scoville Park, located at Oak Park Ave. and Lake St., and Rehm Park, located at Garfield St. and East Ave.
“For the first time, we’ve opened the festival up to outside communities to participate,” said Community Relations Director Cedric Melton to the Pioneer Press. “We’re working to improve our relationship with the neighboring communities because Oak Park is not an island. We’ve got representation from the Austin and Galewood neighborhoods, Berwyn and Cicero. I think that’s very important because it shows we can partner and work together as separate communities, but can come together in a day of fun and fellowship.”
There will be roughly 150 vendors set up in Scoville Park from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will also be carnival games, activities, trains, and music at Rehm Park from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. A free shuttle service will be available to make it transitioning between the parks as easy as possible.
Sculpture Walk returns for its fourth annual year, highlighting sculptures from various artists. The exhibit will be on display starting Sunday, June 7, at Chicago Ave. between Austin and Ridgeland.
“The exhibit will spotlight 12 pieces of art from established sculptors and emerging newcomers located along a five-block stretch of Chicago Avenue, perfect for a self-guided walking tour,” according to the Village of Oak Park community events page.
62 entries were received for the walking tour, but only 12 were chosen given the limited number of spaces available to display the art. “I think it’s the quality of the art and the settings that make it so popular,” said Bill Greffin, chairman of the Oak Park Public Art Advisory Commission.
The walking tour will be open for public viewing until Monday, Sept.7.