GUILFORD — Pack your blanket, towel or chair and head on over to the Guilford Green for an evening of fun and games, all courtesy of the Guilford Police Department.
National Night Out 2020 is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 6 from 4 to 7 p.m. on the Guilford Town Green.
The festivities will include a special appearance from iHeartRadio personality and Guilford's own John "Cadillac" Saville and a visit from the Guilford Fire Department, in addition to other town departments and food trucks. The event is free to the public.
Social distancing guidelines will be enforced and face coverings are required for attendees.
“Families can come, they can set up their blankets or chairs on the Green, sit in their own space and we will have things going on that they can watch without having to have too much interaction with each other,” Coordinator Officer Scott Gingras said.
Gingras, along with Sgt. Martina Jakober, is in charge of planning of the event.
The Guilford Police Department joins police departments across the country who have sponsored National Night Out, since 1984, as a way to foster positive relationships between police departments and their community.
Children and adults, alike, will be invited to play games including socially distant freeze dance, Guilford trivia, sack races, with garbage bags and Simon Says. Throughout the evening prizes will be awarded and a t-shirt cannon will shoot out “I Love Guilford” t-shirts.
The DellaVentura family, including Sarah and John and their daughters, 11-year-old Grace and 10-year-old Abigail, enjoyed last year’s festivities.
“We had a blast,” said Sarah Bishop DellaVentura.
“It was a great opportunity to get out and meet the wonderful men and women who protect and serve our community,” she added. “It was a chance for our children to see and talk to these heroes in uniform outside of their daily duties and to interact with them on a personal level.”
Sarah Bishop DellaVentura proudly added, “Not to mention that I did win the women’s hula hoop contest.”
Gingras said he is expecting as much fun this year.
“It was just a night of fun and to see officers in a scenario where it’s a little less stressful and they’re more approachable,” he added. “The whole point is just to create an atmosphere where police officers and citizens can interact in a positive way.”