Church playground celebration with music, food is Oct. 16

Oct 11, 2016
Photo by: Donated Kalem Smith enjoys the new addition at the Clyde Central United Methodist Church playground.

Clyde Central United Methodist Church invites the public to celebrate the upgrades and new additions to the playground from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at the church located at 410 Charles St.

The playground is open to the public and used by the community on a daily basis.

“We invite everyone to join us and to celebrate children and the important role that free time and play means to the shaping of these young lives,” said the Rev. Dan Gaddy.

Live music will be provided by the Sea Notes; the members are Capt. Gene Johnson, Dr. Lucy Cole, Dan Adams, Jackson Moody and 90-year-old church member Sandford Shahan. There will also be hotdogs with all the trimmings, homemade ice cream and more, and two bounce houses.

This event is free and open to the public. All food and entertainment will be provided free of charge.

“The playground was in need of some improvements and updating,” said Tom Stamey, Trustee chair. “We consider it a community playground as everyone around uses it. We’d talked about the improvements and getting a ship with slides, climbing apparatus and other items for some time. This was recently completed and is proving to be a big hit.”

Children from all over the Clyde community come to the playground to play, learn to ride bicycles and other activities.

“We thought it would be nice before cold weather to get everyone together,” said Gaddy.

Many people were involved with the playground upgrade, but Harry Wilson and Fred Rask led the effort — they were instrumental in securing and installing the items. Both said they enjoyed the work and especially the enthusiasm of the many children who were waiting for them to finish, asking when they could use it again.

For more information or directions, call the church office at 627-2287 or email the church as