Oxford plans ‘Rock the Block’ and Downtown Divas event this week
● By Steven Hoffman
If you’re looking to enjoy some food, fun, and shopping this week, Oxford has two special events planned.
The ‘Rock the Block’ First Friday event will take place on Friday, Aug. 4 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Then, on Saturday, Aug. 5, the Downtown Divas event returns with a summer sidewalk sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Both events will offer plenty of food, fun, and shopping for visitors to enjoy.
The “Rock the Block” First Friday will feature classic rock by DJ Kevin Broderick, a variety of bands performing on Broad Street and free hot dogs (donated by C. W. Boyd Trucking) and Herr’s chips to the first 300 visitors. With all the food and fun, it will be a perfect way to spend a summer evening.
“The weather will be perfect so everyone should come out and join in the fun,” said Donna Hosler, the executive director of Oxford Mainstreet, Inc.
Mayor Geoff Henry proclaimed Aug. 4 as Jerome Rodio Day in Oxford to coincide with the First Friday activities. Rodio, a beloved business owner and chamber of commerce president, passed away in July of 2016. Henry encouraged people to participate in the First Friday activities on Aug. 4 as a way to pay tribute to Rodio.
Also on Aug. 4, the Neighborhood Services Thrift Store will have its grand re-opening at 6:30 p.m.
The fun will continue in Oxford on Saturday with the return of a favorite downtown Oxford event.
“Our Downtown merchants are hosting another popular Downtown Divas event,” Hosler said. People can stop by the Oxford Mainstreet, Inc. office to pick up a “diva bag” filled with coupons, giveaways, and information while supplies last. Hosler encouraged ladies who want a diva bag to stop by early.
This week's activities are just the start of a busy season in downtown Oxford. On the horizon is the fourth annual car show, which highlights the September First Friday event.
“The Car Show Committee has been meeting almost every week for a year to plan an amazing car show,” Hosler said. “This car show will feature a Bike Alley and Truck Row, in addition to the vintage, classic and show cars that so many people love. The remote-control race track is back, and so is Victory Racing. There will be live music, a 50/50 raffle, a BMX Stunt Show, and food and vendors will provide something for everyone.”
Hosler expressed her gratitude to the Car Show Committee for planning what has become, in just a few years, one of the most popular events in the area. She also thanked the events sponsors, which currently includes BB&T Bank, Chiropractic Services, Citadel, Collision Zone, Floor Coverings International, Herr Foods, Kreider’s Market, Inc., Oxford Feed & Lumber, Servpro of Kennett Square/Oxford, and WSFS.