This Friday, before Saturday’s Norman Fest, Norman will celebrate the third annual community gathering with a kick-off.
“We will be having music coming from the community building featuring a Richmond County band, Backlash, which is a bluegrass band,” said Kenneth Broadway, Norman mayor and Norman Fest organizer. “Also the Midnight Run band from Montgomery County with a little country, rock and a little Elvis, so bring your chairs and maybe a light jacket. We will swing the big bay doors open, food will be provided by the Norman Methodist Church. You can sit outside or inside.”
Food will start at 6 p.m. and music at 7 p.m. The Clothing Closet will be open all day of the Norman Fest.
The Norman Fest was started two years ago, when Broadway wanted to bring the community together, put Norman on the map and raise funds and awareness of young Taylor Stewart’s battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Stewart was able to attend the second Norman Fest after recovering from a successful bone marrow transplant, where she was able to spend the day with her mother. Stewart, 14, lost the battle on Sept. 7, at her home. Broadway said there will be a memorial ceremony for the girl.
“A table will be set up for donations for the Taylor Stewart fund, and proceeds will go to the charity the family chooses,” said Broadway. “At 1 p.m. the day of the festival, balloons will be released with a special song by the Eastern Seaboard Band in memory of Taylor. A big thank you goes to all the people and sponsors, who will make Norman rock on this weekend.”
The plans for the kick-off and the festival itself were discussed at the last Norman Town Council meeting on Sept. 3.
In other town news, the Norman Town Council:
• Heard from Broadway that he had called the building inspector about the Community Center, and that he will be getting back in touch with the council.
• Agreed to purchase a house from Hazel Presnell who moved away. The house adjoins Norman town property and used to be John Hancock’s music store. The tax value was $12,000 and the council agreed to make payments.
• Decided to allow Vernon Brower to rent the Community Center for $300 a month. Brower wishes to play music for the public every Saturday night.
— Staff Writer Dawn M. Kurry can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 15, or by email at email@example.com.