Much has changed in the Oswego-Montgomery area over the past several decades, but there remains at least one constant: local residents continue to enjoy a good summer community festival.
We’re not talking here about the recent PrairieFest community celebration, which attracted thousands of people to Oswego, or to Montgomery’s always popular MontgomeryFest celebration, set for next month in the village’s downtown. We are referring to the “Sunday in the Park” celebration held June 24 in the park adjoining Lakewood Creek Elementary School on Montgomery’s far west side.
Unlike those other, much larger festivals, Sunday in the Park is a smaller neighborhood fest focused on families with a block party vibe. At this year’s event there was live music, food from local restaurants, kids' games, a touch-a-truck opportunity in the form of a red and white Ozinga cement mixer, and free ice cream provided by Engineering Enterprises Inc.
Village board member Doug Marecek, one of the fest’s organizers, said the whole purpose of the fest was to bring the community of residents that is on the village’s far west side together to hang out with their neighbors.
In this day and age when so many people seem content in their own isolation, glued to their cellphones or HD TVs indoors – even during the summer months – it’s wonderful to see Montgomery residents turn out and enjoy the simple pleasures of a true neighborhood party.
We can’t help but think that such a gathering – in an area of the village that did not exist a little more than 15 years ago – is even more important in building a real sense of community on the village’s west side. So we applaud Marecek and other Sunday in the Park organizers and sponsors for taking the initiative in organizing this year’s fest.