Block party to transform downtown Middlebury

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury will hold its second Annual Downtown Block Party from 4-8 p.m. this Wednesday, Aug. 15, an extravaganza that will include games, kids’ activities, food and live music by the Horse Traders — all on a temporary lawn that will envelope Main Street.
Organizers will also incorporate the Better Middlebury Partnership’s popular “Midd Night Stroll” into the evening, with downtown businesses remaining open until 8 p.m. Many shops will offer various sales, pop-ups and tastings. And customers who spend at least $20 at any downtown business throughout the day on Aug. 15 can bring their receipt to the event to enter a raffle with prizes totaling $2,000 in value.
This year, the Block Party and Midd Night Stroll is teaming up with the organization Come Alive Outside to participate in the Green Streets Challenge. Volunteers from local landscaping company Carpenter & Costin will help lay sod down on Main Street from the Battell Bridge to the edge of Bakery Lane. Children and adults are encouraged to come play on the grass, with activities to include bubbles, giant lawn games and blocks. Come Alive Outside is an organization dedicated to providing opportunities to families and communities to enjoy the full benefits of great outdoor spaces. The sod used for the Green Streets Challenge has been donated by Saratoga Sod and will be used by the Addison Central School District after the event to augment athletic fields.
After the party, the community is invited over to the new College Park at the intersection of College and South Main Streets for a free showing of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” as part of the Midd Summer Music & Movies Series. The movie will begin at dusk, shortly after 8 p.m.
The block party and Midd Money Match program are collaborative efforts organized by the Neighbors Together steering committee, a grassroots group representing a number of local organizations and businesses in efforts to support the businesses and community throughout the downtown rail bridges construction project.
Main Street will be closed to traffic from 2-10 p.m. on the afternoon and evening of August 15.

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