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Gwynn’s Island Days harkens back to past

Gwynn’s Island Days, this year’s name for the Gwynn’s Island Festival, will be held from 4:30-7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Gwynn’s Island Civic Center, 1996 Old Ferry Road, Gwynn.

As the temporary name change suggests, the festival will harken back to the 1950s and ’60s, during the earliest days of the 76-year-old event, first held in 1948. It will even have a midway, a throwback to the old-style carnivals that predated today’s theme parks.

Festival chair Jan Bassett said the fun will kick off with the traditional Friday evening chicken dinner. The cost will be $15 “with all the fixin’s,” and will be served starting at 4:30 p.m. for the drive-thru and 5 p.m. for the eat-in.

“It’s a dinner to share with neighbors and friends, having good food and laughter,” she said.

Saturday’s all-day event will focus on the handmade work of local artists and craftsmen, including 10 new vendors, along with live music from the 1950s and ’60s and food galore.


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