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Douglas Park Block Party set for this weekend in Elizabethton

John Thompson • Aug 28, 2018 at 9:56 PM

ELIZABETHTON — This weekend it will once again be time for the Douglas Park Block Party and also time for another reunion of all the graduates, students, friends and family member of those who attended Douglas School.

The Douglas Alumni Association will be hosting the block party, which will feature inflatables, food and games. The association will also be hosting the reunion, dinner and dance.

The event celebrates the memory of Douglas School, which was the heart of the community during the time of school segregation and continues to be the heart even though the school closed when Elizabethan schools were integrated in 1965. The building now serves as the central office for the Elizabethton City School System.

This year’s block party marks the 53rd anniversary of Douglas School’s closingl. Theresa Reddick, president of the Alumni Association, said this year will include a reunion. She said the block party is held every year, but the reunion is not an annual event.

The reunion will start Friday evening with a meet and greet in the Elizabethton City School Department Board Room from 7-9 p.m. Reddick said the reunion is not just for graduates of the high school. Since the school was closed in 1965, anyone who was enrolled up to that time is welcome. She said friends and family are also considered to be a part of the group.

The block party will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. To accommodate the block party, Church Street will be closed from the intersection with Watauga Avenue. The intersections of Church and South Lynn Avenue, and Well Street and Church Street will also be blocked.

While the children and families will be enjoying the block party, golfers will be heading out to play in the Franklin Davis Memorial Golf Tournament. The tournament is hosted by the Watauga Avenue Golf Association and it has been held at many golfing locations across the country. James Bass said it is being held in Elizabethton this year because of the reunion.

Bass said the rounds will be played over three days, with a different Tri-Cities golf course hosting each day of the event. The final round will be played at the Elizabethton Golf Course.

Saturday night will be the big night for the reunion. Reddick said it will be held at the Holiday Inn in Johnson City and begin at 6:30, with dinner starting at 7. She said dancing will start at 8. The band will be Diverse Groove, from Asheville, N.C.

Bass said Sunday morning is reserved for those who have come to Elizabethton to attend the church of their choice. He said he expects many of those who have come from out of town to be making visits with old friends from the community on Sunday and on Labor Day.

It should be quite a weekend for the Douglas Dragons.

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