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Big Help for Big Events
By Fraser Petley

 

A sure sign of spring in Old South London is when both a new tradition and an old one begin to come out of winter hibernation.

I’m speaking of the Gathering on the Green and Cruise Nights [link to About OSCO]. Planning teams start in early March to ensure another successful year for both events. If you’re new to the area and are unfamiliar with these community events, you’ll definitely want to mark them on your calendar. Gathering on the Green happens on the first Saturday in June, rain or shine. Cruise Nights fill Wortley Village with classic cars and street rods every Tuesday night from May through September.

I believe that in a great many ways, both events define the character and community pride of these parts. Gathering on the Green is a 25-year tradition in Old South where friends, neighbours and classmates meet by the thousands on the Village Green at Elmwood Ave and Wortley Road. The day is full of fun, food and music in celebration of the unique quality of life that we enjoy in Old South London.

Since the Gathering on the Green is entirely driven by volunteers, there is a great need for anyone and everyone to pitch in, even if only for a few hours to help things run smoothly. Whether it’s selling tickets, barbequing hot dogs or helping with the set up or tear down, there’s a role for you and all your neighbours.

Cruise Nights in Wortley Village, on the other hand, are a much newer tradition. Launched in 2004, Cruise Nights have quickly become a fun and unique family night out with a barbeque, raffles and live bands. A real highlight last year was the season grand finale in early September when some two thousand people and a hundred and fifty cars took over the Village Green!

Being a weekly event, there is a great need for volunteers. The goal is to create three, five person “Cruise Crews” to alternate weeks throughout the summer, so sign up with a few buds and we’re there! This is the dream community service role for a car buff.

The real perk of being involved in either the Gathering on the Green or Cruise Nights is the large number of fun people that you’ll meet. Want to help? Come out to a regular meeting, held on the second Tuesday of the month from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Landon Library, 167 Wortley Road or e-mail us at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

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OSCO meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month
from 7-9 p.m. at London Library, 167 Wortley Rd.  All Welcome.