Photos courtesy of the Massillon Museum

Massillon Museum is hosting its annual island party on July 20

The Massillon Museum once again is hosting its annual island party as a thank you to city residents.

This year’s event is scheduled for 6 to 11 p.m. July 20 outside the museum and will feature a pig roast and entertainment from the Jackson High School Steel Drum Band and reggae group Carlos Jones and the P.L.U.S. Band.

Admission to the event at 121 Lincoln Way E is free. Food, soda and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. On the menu is pork sandwiches, jerk chicken, hot dogs, fruit, chips, frozen margaritas, wine and a variety of beers, including Jamaican Red Stripe. No outside food or drink is allowed.

Nancy Jobe, who is coordinating the party, said it began as a way to show appreciation to residents for their financial support of the museum, which is funded by a property tax levy. She expects between 2,500 to 3,000 people to attend, and while many will be from Massillon, the island party also draws from Cleveland and Akron.

In addition to live entertainment, the island party has special activities for kids. The education area will have bubbles, a craft, limbo and hula hoops.

Partygoers also will be able to stop in the museum until 8 p.m. to view the Moniker: Identity Lost and Found exhibit that opens June 23. Moniker refers to the marking left on train cars by railroad workers or hobos, and the exhibit celebrates the culture surrounding railroads.

Jobe said the exhibit, which the museum categorizes as “the most elaborate collection of moniker history ever assembled,” will get people thinking about what’s on the trains.

For people who have attended the island party in the past, it’s important to note that because the museum is under construction and won’t be finished by July, the party will spill out from the lawn of the museum onto the street. The entrances and exits to the party will be at First Street near Lincoln Way E or at First Street and Charles Street.

Other details: There’s no smoking, visitors will need to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets, and the party’s resident “pig sitters” Joe Herrick and Rudy Turkal will be back to oversee the roast.

“It’s just a really wonderful family-friendly event,” Jobe said.

About The Author

Alison Matas writes for The Repository, covering Canton City Hall. She grew up in Kent and has worked for newspapers in New York, Missouri, West Virginia and Maryland—and she’s happy to call Stark County her new home. When she’s not writing, she’s usually rehearsing for an upcoming musical or choir concert, going for a run or attempting to cook.

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