June 30-July 2—LUDLOW—For its Fourth of July event this year, the community of Luldow will put a little bit of 1950s style into its celebration, Friday, June 30-Sunday, July 2. Fireworks will take place Sunday at 9:30 p.m. As part of the celebrations, festivities and viewing will happen on the portion of main street closest to the bridge construction.
The town officially kicks things off with a “Hunt for Elvis” scavenger hunt hosted by local merchants: Big Eyes Bakery, Blue Sky, The Book Nook, Chaos Casbah, Circa 1810, Mojos Café, Stemwinder and Wine & Cheese Depot. Grab a form and start finding Elvis at each location all weekend. Find them all and turn in sheets to The Book Nook to be entered for prizes.
Friday will feature two movies at the town auditorium hosted by FOLA. Travel back to the 1950s via the 1980s in the family adventure “Back to the Future” starring Michael J. Fox. Then, in a bit of the real 1950s, watch Elvis shake things up in “Jailhouse Rock.”
On Saturday, July 1, classic 1950s cars will cruise onto Main Street. Big Eyes Bakery will host a pie eating contest at 1 p.m. The Black River Academy Museum will lead folks on a historical walk up to the Black River Academy from Main Street. Chaos Casbah will be offering face painting during the day. The Book Nook will provide a forum for local storytellers with “The Rumpus” for what is billed as “Rumpus On the Road” travel stories; storytelling starts at 7 p.m. Across the street at the American Legion, Elvis Presley will make an appearance at 7 p.m. as performed by New England Elvis impersonator, Mike Slater, with free entry plus some snacks provided, and a cash bar.
Sunday, July 2 is all about the fireworks. This year, due to bridge construction, a section of Main Street will be closed off at 5 p.m. for viewing of the fireworks. Note: this is different from past July 4 celebrations (no bus rides up to West Hill). The humane society will be selling glow necklaces. The Chris Kleeman Band will play from 7-9 p.m.
The Rotary, celebrating its 90th anniversary, will provide something tasty for dessert (no charge while supplies last).