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Happy Birthday, Kenan Community Day Takes Place July 8th
Happy Birthday, Kenan Community Day Takes Place July 8th

The Kenan Center in Lockport will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a free, family-friendly event on Saturday, July 8th from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The day starts with a 5K run at 9:00 a.m. The run features a USATF certified flat course through streets bordering the Kenan Center. Pre-registration is $25 now through July 7 online at itsyourrace.com. From July 5 through July 8th, registration is $30. Packet pick-up begins at 7:30 a.m. on July 8th along with registration for anyone who has not pre-registered. Runners will enjoy water, light snacks, and awards immediately following.

More activities kick off at 11:00 a.m. beginning with special activities just for children outside the Kenan Arena. There will be arts and crafts, bubble fun, a kid’s photo booth, and a kid’s dash. Parents can register their children at 11:00 a.m. with the dash at 11:30 a.m. A Bike, Trike and Wagon Parade is planned for 3:00 p.m. Families are invited to decorate their wheels and meet for a parade around the concourse in front of the Kenan Arena. Families are asked to register at 2:30 p.m.

Across the campus, more activities take place with art exhibits and art-making, live music, food,  and more! Following is the schedule:


11:00 a.m.:    Historian Margaret Truax

12:15 p.m.:    Defiant Monkey Improv

1:45 p.m.:      Singer Jackie Davis

3:30 p.m.:     Puppeteer Doris Timkey

4:45 p.m.:      Lockport Glee Club

5:45 p.m.:      Singer Karen D’Angelo


11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Images of Kenan Photo Exhibit

Regan Intermediate School Student Exhibit, “Pour Paintings Inspired by Holton Rower”

Paint a Wine Glass with artist Cassandra McFeely at 12:30-2:30 p.m. and 3:30-5:30 p.m. (Limited number per session.)

Suduko Charity Quilt with the Kenan Quilters’ Guild


11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: North End Revival

2:00-3:30 p.m.: Dave Stockton & Pocket Change Trio

4:00-6:30 p.m.: Skiffle Minstrels

KENAN CENTER HOUSE GALLERY: Exhibit “Masterworks: Watercolors from the Gerald Mead Collection,” 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. with collector Gerald Mead providing hourly tours at 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 p.m.

FOOD & BEVERAGES: On hand will be Lloyd’s Taco Truck, Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs, Bad Ash BBQ, Kenan Lemonade Stand,  Pickle Annie’s, Hens Honey Bee Farm, plus Woodcock Brothers Beer and Niagara Wine Trail Wineries—Schulze Winery & Vineyards, Midnight Run Wine Cellars, and Flight of Five Winery. Purchase of alcoholic beverages requires photo ID proof of age; 21 and over.

RECREATION: In the Arena, individuals can watch demonstrations of pickleball and try their hand during open court play, or sign up a team for a doubles tournament. There will also be an outdoor onstacle course hosted by Revolution Training & Fitness Center.

In addition, storytellers will be on hand throughout the day at the “Story Tree"; the Friends of the Kenan Herb Club will be on hand to provide tours and tastings in the herb garden; and plein air painters will be scattered throughout the grounds creating works of art on the spot. An art auction along with other demonstrations are planned. Community Day wraps up with the cutting of a giant birthday cake at 6:00 p.m. at the Kenan Center Montesorri Preschool Building.

Kenan Center shares the spotlight this weekend with two other local events: Lockport in Bloom, which takes place July 8th and 9th and includes the Kenan gardens. Visitors can pick up maps at the center. It is also the city’s celebration of the Bicentennial of the start of the Erie Canal. A wide variety of activities are planned at the canal ending with a concert by the Albany Symphony Orchestra and fireworks. A free shuttle will run from the Canal Street gazebo from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. so that visitors can enjoy activities at both locations.

The Kenan Center is located at 433 Locust St, Lockport. Parking at the Kenan Center will be open at 11:30 a.m. following the 5K run with entry at Beattie Avenue only. Visitors are encouraged to use side street parking, as well as lots at the Lockport High School and the Lockport Board of Education Building.

A complete schedule along with parking information are available on the Community Day page of the Kenan Center website at kenancenter.org.


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