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23rd Annual Oxford Day 2017
April 22, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Everyone looks forward to the fourth Saturday in April when Oxford celebrates the history and community of this village. With five locations in town – Causeway Park, Town Park, Morris Street, Market Street and Ferry Dock – fun can be found everywhere. Rain or shine, Oxford Day is a great event. Clear the calendar on Saturday, April 22 from 8 a.m. to dusk and don’t miss a thing. Games, prizes, music, crafts and bake sales entertain and tempt all ages.
Talbot Hospice’s Memorial Walk begins the day at 8 a.m. The walk leaves from the Oxford Community Center and goes down Morris Street to West Strand. Registering in advance at TalbotHospice.org is recommended but there is registration at OCC on Saturday morning before the walk.
Talbot Humane’s Dog Walk begins at the Causeway at 9 a.m.; some participants will continue on to participate in a dog show next to Town Park at 9:30 a.m. The main event of the day is a parade on Morris Street starting at 11 a.m. at The Strand with a marching band, floats, outrageous cars and trucks and at least one people-powered surrey.
For children, there is a moon bounce and giant air slide at Causeway Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Plant Sale at Holy Trinity Church is the place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help get any spring garden looking gorgeous.
Town Park is filled with all sorts of delicious treats – brown bag breakfast and coffee offered by Oxford Community Center, a White Elephant and Bake Sale by United Methodist Church plus crabcakes from Latitude 38. Waters Church offers up a mouth-watering barbecue and fish fry at its location on Market Street. At Causeway Park, the Fire Department grills hot dogs and burgers and Scottish Highland Creamery dishes out ice cream from its mobile cart.
Businesses on Morris Street celebrate with special events – opening day at the Oxford Museum where one can explore Oxford’s history; a book signing with Barbara Lockhart at Mystery Loves Company; a raffle at The Treasure Chest; and wine tastings at the Oxford Market. On Market Street, find some hidden treasures at the Oxford Library’s book sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This Oxford Day, Town Park will be rocking with music from Bird Dog & the Road Kings from 2 to 4 p.m. The Navy band, The Commodores, will get the party started with jazz at noon. Throughout the day enjoy a Vigilant Crew Pirate Encampment and Ship Jollyboat from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. While waiting for the parade, children can enjoy Family Hour from 10 to 11 a.m. in Town Park where there will be games, a clown and prizes.
Local favorites, The Free N Eazy Band, will play through lunchtime at The Robert Morris Inn. Oak Creek Jazz will liven up the porch at Pope’s at noon. Complete the Oxford Day experience at the Ferry Dock with a free ride on the skipjack Nathan of Dorchester. The historic Oxford Bellevue Ferry will be running all day, too.
Arrive in Oxford early since Morris Street will close at 10 a.m. to all but parade participants. Volunteers will direct everyone to the parking lot and courtesy shuttles will take people into town. While sunshine is ordered up for this special day, this is a rain or shine event. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit oxfordday.org. Oxford Day is also on Facebook.
Doug and Tonya Glime shopped for flowers at the Plant Sale at Holy Trinity Church in 2016. The sale runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.