Uniting Midtown: Music & watermelons this Sunday | Community Spirit
If you’re in the mood for a party with a parade, Vinton Avenue at Cleveland is the place to be at 2:30 Sunday afternoon, October 13.
The Central High School band will lead a parade to celebrate the 110 anniversary of the Annesdale Park neighborhood. You’re invited to march along!
Cathy Winterburn, President of Midtown’s Annesdale Park neighborhood association, says a huge block party and commemorative watermelon festival will take place along Vinton Ave. which will be closed to traffic between Bellevue and Cleveland.
“Everyone is invited,” said Winterburn, a retired FedEx executive. “People could wear their favorite costume or select a vintage one reflecting the early 1900s when the Annesdale Park neighborhood came to life.”
Winterburn says costumes could be patriotic or have a watermelon theme. “Free watermelon and music were the incentives developers T.O. Vinton and R. Snowden Brinkley offered in 1903 to invite home buyers to see what they called the first subdivision in the South,” said Winterburn.
The band, “3 Artists 1 Yard” will perform at the event which is 100 percent free of charge.
The Annesdale Park National Historic District, bounded by Peabody to the north and Goodbar to the South and Cleveland to the east and the I-240 overpass to the west, is filled with charming single and some multi-family homes. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
If you bring your children on Sunday, they’ll have the opportunity to enjoy face painting and a “Watermelon Instagram Photo Booth” that will help you share the celebration with all your friends your social media universe.
The party will welcome new neighbors to the vicinity, including the new Baptist Primary Care Center now under construction in the former Crosstown Post Office as well as Total Spa Care and The Spa-Midtown. The Annesdale Park celebration will take place from 2:30 until 5:30 on Sunday afternoon, October 13.