Batavia will be a music, arts and entertainment hotspot from May

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There is one thing certain with the city of Batavia lately: entertainment is not on the back burner.

Live music and DJs, arts, a dunk tank, parades, dancers and food will fill the calendars from May 30 to July 2 now that the city council has reviewed the applications and forwarded them to a meeting of business for official votes.

During its Monday conference session, the council considered several requests for downtown events, from an old vigil, the Memorial Day parade, to a new carnival event.

Attendees will line up at Eastowne Plaza on Memorial Day morning and walk along Main Street to Bank Street, pulling into the city parking lot at Alva Place. An annual event to honor military veterans, the parade is hosted by City Councilman Bob Bialkowski. It must start at 9:45 a.m. and end before 11 a.m.
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Next up is a GLOW OUT 5K run and celebration that begins and ends at Centennial Park. This event is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on June 9.

GLOW OUT also scheduled a parade and festival from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on June 11 in the downtown Batavia parking lot. Some 15 vendors and about 600 attendees are expected for the event, according to organizer, GLOW OUT President Gregory Hallock. It begins on Richmond Avenue across from Centennial Park and winds around Bank and Ross Streets, Washington and Ellicott Avenues and back to Centennial.

Also on June 11 (which should be a very busy Saturday) is the Eli Fish Brewing Company Carnival in Jackson Square. Various Eli Fish dishes, beer, carnival games, a dunk tank, live entertainment, and vendor booths are on the menu for the event from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Council members had few, if any, questions or comments about the events, and all filled out event request forms and supporting documents. Council President Eugene Jankowski noted that the GLOW OUT parade takes place on the same day as the carnival, but that there should be no conflicts.

“I know it’s two on the same day, one is in the square and the carnival itself won’t demand anything from the city,” he said.

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A former Ramble event that now includes a GO ART! The music and arts festival will run from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on July 2 downtown. Two stages for music by 20-30 bands, an Artisan Alley of artist demonstrations, an arts and crafts vendor fair, food trucks, a folk art stage with dancers and other performers and a children’s craft area will spill out of Jackson Square onto Jackson and School Streets and into part of the Save-A-Lot parking lot.

Costs for these events include $2,571 for the Memorial Day Parade, $922 for City Police, and $1,649.17 for the Bureau of Maintenance; $538 each for the GLOW OUT 5K Run and Celebration and Parade and Festival ($1,076 total); $538 for the municipal police and $919.29 for the GO ART! Music and Art Festival and no charge for Eli Fish Carnival.

The following disclaimer is included on the Event Summary page of the Board Meeting Record:

“Event sponsors are responsible for all costs that may be incurred by their event and have been advised of estimated costs where applicable.”

Bialkowski wanted to clarify how conference meetings work, given that the board seems to vote once in a conference and then again in a business meeting.

“I think we’ve been negligent in conference meetings,” he said.

The board gives general consensus agreement on moving the agenda item to a business meeting, Jankowski said. “There has been some confusion that we are voting twice,” he said. The consensus is simply a group agreement to put the official vote on the business agenda after discussing the details during a conference business session, he said.

The next council business meeting will be held May 9 at 7:00 pm in the Council Chambers, Second Floor, City Hall.

Alice P. Darby