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Friday, September 21, 2018
PRESS PHOTOS BY JODI BOGERTVera Cruz Community Association President David Lindstrom mans his favorite station at the picnic – the barbecue grill. PRESS PHOTOS BY JODI BOGERTVera Cruz Community Association President David Lindstrom mans his favorite station at the picnic – the barbecue grill.
Julia Kline has her face painted for the first time by Alisdair Lamar of Greenwood Emporium face painting. Julia Kline has her face painted for the first time by Alisdair Lamar of Greenwood Emporium face painting.
The event includes a display of antique tractors courtesy of the Old Time Plowboys. The event includes a display of antique tractors courtesy of the Old Time Plowboys.
Players take their positions at the cakewalk, hoping to win homemade baked goods. Players take their positions at the cakewalk, hoping to win homemade baked goods.
Vera Cruz Community Association Vice President, Betsy Eltz, center, presides over a raffle during Vera Cruz Homecoming at Mystic Chain Park recently. Vera Cruz Community Association Vice President, Betsy Eltz, center, presides over a raffle during Vera Cruz Homecoming at Mystic Chain Park recently.
Children play inside the inflatable bounce house, a new addition to the attractions at the Vera Cruz Homecoming. Children play inside the inflatable bounce house, a new addition to the attractions at the Vera Cruz Homecoming.

VERA CRUZ HOMECOMING

Thursday, September 13, 2018 by JODI BOGERT Special to The Press in Local News

Vera Cruz celebrates its

The Vera Cruz Community Association held its 67th annual Vera Cruz Homecoming community block party at Mystic Chain Park recently.

Guests enjoyed live entertainment from the Rehrig Brothers, The Large Flowerheads and WTAP radio personality Jeffrey “Uncle Jeffrey” Tapler.

There was also a cakewalk, bingo and food along with an antique tractor show, donated from the Old Time Plowboys and local farmers.

Vera Cruz Community Association President, David Lindstrom noted the party this year included more child-friendly activities, such as face painting, an inflatable bounce house, balloon animals and games.

For Lindstrom, serving on the board is a way for him to give back to the community. All donations raised benefit senior citizens and local organizations such as the ladies auxiliary, churches and the fire company.

In addition, the homecoming event is an opportunity to catch up with old friends and to meet new neighbors. Audra Berner, a Vera Cruz volunteer chimed in, saying the picnic “truly is a homecoming.”

A major concern is the “struggle of volunteers,” Lindstrom said. People who are willing to set aside their time and attend meetings is what keeps the association going, year after year.

The next Vera Cruz meeting will be 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 in the Citizen’s Fire Company, 4093 Main Road West, Emmaus.

For more information about volunteering, call David Lindstrom at 610-704-9808.