Guilderland Police Department will host a local Night Out at Tawasentha Park in Guilderland on Tuesday, Aug. 6. The annual event takes place in communities across the country and is intended to foster a positive relationship between police and the community.
continued There are several activities for children, including a bouncy-bounce, pony rides, petting zoo and games. Ginder said kids would likely enjoy looking at the display of vintage World War II equipment, along with adults.
The Refrigerators will be performing from 7 to 10 p.m. and the rest of the attractions run from opening until 9 p.m. Food is available for purchase from a variety of vendors, which is the only cost at the event.
Ginder said Brian Forte, now a town councilman, founded the local event and approached Target for sponsorship, and the company remains the main commercial supporter. Last year, a committee was established to help organize the event since after more than five years, it had grown rather large.
This year, he believes five Target stores are coming to the event and each will bring an item to put toward a free raffle. Other business help support the event, too, with Price Chopper donating water, Regal Cinema donating popcorn and Stewart’s providing ice cream. Police department members, along with Town Hall employees and their families, volunteer to run the event.
“It is a really big thing, and it is our way of giving back to the community as well,” Ginder said. “I enjoy being out and talking to people in the public at a different level … actually just talking to people. That is really why we are all involved. That is why we do this.”
Boyt said she enjoys being able to meet everyone in the community.
“I like seeing new faces and even the ones we have seen year after year,” she said. “It is a way to reach out and say, ‘Thank you for supporting us.’”