BY JAMES HARPER
A gospel extravaganza, step show, health fair and business and home decorating contest will be among the activities taking place during Daytona’s first “Light Up Midtown” Celebration.
The Light Up Midtown Committee had its first meeting this week at the Peninsula Club to plan a number of events that will be taking place every Saturday during the month of December to help the area celebrate Christmas.
The City of Daytona Beach is hosting “Light up Midtown,” a celebration of holiday-themed activities in Daytona Beach’s Midtown community, city employee Charles Bryant told the Daytona Times this week.
The “Light Up Midtown” festivities will be held on Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22.
Health fair first
On Dec.1, there will be a Light Up Midtown Health Fair at Daisy Stocking Park.
The health fair will feature medical service agencies and providers. This event will coincide with World AIDS Day. The Volusia County Health Department is partnering with the City of Daytona Beach to host this event.
Highlighting Midtown businesses
Bryant said the events would be an opportunity for the community to come together and for businesses to showcase what they do.
Local business owners and residents are being asked to decorate their businesses and residences in the holiday spirit and be judged using defined guidelines by a list of chosen judges.
Winners will receive recognition and awards at the Dec. 19 city commission meeting.
Parade, step show
There will be a Light Up Midtown Christmas Parade on Dec. 8. The parade will consist of area bands, churches, community organizations with floats, marching units and cars.
The Daytona Beach Community Band, which consists of alumni band members from Bethune-Cookman University, has agreed to assist with the organization of the parade.
On Dec. 15, there will be a Christmas Step-off Step Show at Daisy Stocking Park.
“This event will highlight our local colleges and university Greek sororities and fraternities as well as local high school and community talent, Bryant said.
Local food and merchandise vendors will be invited to set up in the park to provide a variety of cultural food and merchandise. Vendors will be selected on a first-come basis as space is available.
The local chapter of the National Pan-Hellenic Council of Greek Sororities and Fraternities – The Divine Nine will assist the city with planning the event.
‘Christmas in Songs’
Light Up Midtown will conclude on Dec. 22 with a community day titled “Christmas in Songs.’’
There will be a gospel extravaganza and the local branch of the NAACP is soliciting toys to be passed out to area children of the Daytona Beach community that day. The event will host local choirs and other talent geared toward the holiday spirit.
Businesses are also being asked to be sponsors for the month of activities.
Those interested in learning more about “Light Up Midtown” can contact Charles Bryant at 386-671-8185 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.