The 41st annual Daniel Boone Optimist Club Community Days event took place Saturday and Sunday Sept. 7 and 8.
Booths belonging to local businesses and organizations lined the parking lot of Daniel Boone Middle School in a family friendly style after the districtís second week of school. Soft drinks, french fries, hamburgers, and hotdogs were served in addition to other refreshments at several stations around the event. Amusement rides provided entertainment for some of the younger visitors, while live music echoed throughout the scene. The booths and tables set up for the event interacted with all members of the community and piqued the interest of anyone who happened to wander past the colorful displays.
These organizations included Next Level Martial Arts, a pit crew challenge, the Amityville Fire Company, Apple Vacations, St. Paulís Lutheran Church, McClimon Chiropractic, the Amityville Lionís Club, the Boyer Memorial Project, St. Paulís Amityville UCC, Berks County Republican Committee, Monocacy Hill Conservation Association, Kongís Pottstown First School Tae-Kwan Do, and the Relay for Life.
Many of these displays featured activities and events which allowed the children to become involved. The team from Next Level Martial Arts put on a demonstration of their skills, and allowed curious spectators to experience how it would feel to break a piece of wood. This particular group came to Community Days from Stowe, and trains with children as well as adults.
The Amityville chapter of the Lionís Club was also present, serving roast beef sandwiches to visitors. This particular chapter of the club was founded in 1949, and has met the first and third Wednesday of every month since then at the Amityville fire house. The Lionís Club is an international organization that performs community service and often caters to the needs of the disabled.
Another organization that came to this special event was the Monocacy Hill Conservation Association, a group dedicated to maintaining the natural beauty of the hill, as well as educating guests about the wildlife that can be found there. Visitors of the hill can hike through six miles of moderate trails and hunt on the associationís 400 acres. As hunting season approaches, hikers and hunters will have to alternate days when each activity can be performed. However, all are welcome to learn about the diverse nature that abounds in Monocacy Hill all year round.
The Daniel Boone Optimist Club sponsors this event each year, and it is designed to bring the community closer together, as well as reach out to the children.