Sue Smith | Board Chair | Lemont Village Association, Inc.
The Lemont Village Association is a member of the Centre County Council for Human Services. The LVA is not a “human services” agency by exact definition, but the LVA is dedicated to helping create a “community” in Lemont, so the organization "feels" like a human service. In these times of isolation from our neighbors, the LVA has a role to play in bringing people together and feeling safe in our neighborhoods. We can look out for each other.
The role of the Lemont Village Association in this community building is often achieved in
our events. Our WorkDay/Spruce Up Day on April 25th, brings residents together to get our buildings and grounds cleaned up and the plant sale on May 9th brings neighbors and friends together to find Mothers' Day gifts and plants for their yards and gardens.
Our free Friday Concerts bring people together on the Village Green from June 5th to Aug. 28th, from 7:30 pm to 9 pm Fridays, with live bands and usually a food truck. This year the concerts will be held in our brand new Band Pavilion, built with contributions by many people and businesses, constructed by Envinity, stage built by Philip Hawk, excavation by MNM Enterprises, and roof by Marcon.
Our most famous event, the 39th Annual Strawberry Festival, really brings people together, and will be Saturday, June 13th, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. on the Village Green, located in the center of Lemont, between Dale Street and Mt. Nittany Road off Pike Street. There is no rain date, as we have tents. There will be live music all afternoon, and pony rides from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. We also hope to have "speeder" rides provided by the Bellefonte Historical Railroad Society.
To round out our year we are planning a special dinner/speakeasy event in September, and our famous German Christmas Market, will be December 4-5, a lively weekend in winter. All of our events provide opportunities to volunteer and for neighbors to meet their neighbors. Friends can also learn about the history of our friendly community, and support the efforts of the LVA to preserve our historic buildings and maintain the Village Green. All of these activities give those living in Lemont and throughout the county, a real feeling of belonging to our neighborhoods and our community. All Centre County residents are welcome!