Community members in Maywood have organized a first-ever I Am Maywood, I Am My Village Friends and Family Picnic, which is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 26, 11 a.m., at Maywood Veterans Memorial Park, located between 1st and 5th Avenues on Fred Hampton Way (Oak St.).
During a village board meeting last month, the event’s main organizer, longtime Maywood resident Carliana Burrell, explained her motivation for the planning the event.
“I wanted to put this together for the residents and children of Maywood to give back to the community and to our youth,” she said. “[The event] will be filled with fun and games. We’ll come out, cook, eat with each other and come together like we used to do in Maywood a long time ago.”
The event’s organizers have requested that participants bring their own tents, grills and a backpack filled with school supplies to include in a school supply giveaway.
“It’s important that we offer a diverse group of activities and programs for our residents,” said Maywood Trustee Isiah Brandon, who offered his support for the event during last month’s meeting. “This is set to be a really huge event.”
In the weeks leading up to the event, organizers have been selling “I Am My Village, I Am Maywood,” t-shirts. Anyone interested in purchasing the t-shirts can pay through PayPal, sending the payment to firstname.lastname@example.org. VFP