The Lemont Village Association is a member of the Centre County Council for Human Services. The LVA is not a human services agency in the exact definition, but it is dedicated to helping create a community in Lemont. In these times of isolation from our neighbors, distrust of other people and people being afraid to make connections, the LVA has a role to play in bringing people together and feeling safe in their neighborhoods. We can look out for each other.
Our community is small and homes are close together, so we really can take care of each other. We can notice if papers collect on a porch or if children are home alone after school, and we can do something to check on what’s happening. It’s not about being “nosy,” but caring about others is important.
The role of the LVA in community building is often achieved through our events. We will have a plant sale on May 13 with plants from Patchwork Farms and donations from neighbors that are purchased by others to help pay for work by the LVA on rehabilitation of our property, the Granary.
The Lemont Farmers Market — 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays from May 31-Oct. 25 — will have a variety of vendor produced garden produce in the Coal Sheds under the Grain Elevator, across from the Center for Well Being.
Our free Friday concerts bring people together on the Village Green from 7:30-9 p.m. Fridays from June 2 to Aug. 25, with live bands and a food truck.
Our most famous event, the Strawberry Festival, really brings people together. The 35th annual festival will be held 3-7 p.m. June 10 on the Village Green, located in the center of Lemont, between Dale Street and Mount Nittany Road, off Pike Street. There is no rain date, as we have tents. There will be live music all afternoon, and pony rides will be from 5-6 p.m.
To round out our year we have a Gourmet Granary Dinner and a Christmas Market that is a lively weekend in winter. All of our events provide opportunities to volunteer and for neighbors to meet their neighbors, 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 residents are welcome.
Susan Smith is the chair of the Lemont Village Association. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.