Celebrating the Bay

Day in the Bay, presented by the Williams Bay Business Association, featured food, fun and a variety of attractions for people of all ages. It also commemorated the official opening of Rex Memorial Dog Park, which saw (from the left) Zoe Carpenter, and Avery and Abbey Tyshenko among the parade participants. See more photos in the May 14 Times/Reporter. (Penny Gruetzmacher photo)

14th annual event featured food, fun and more

Day in the Bay brought fun, food and multiple attractions for people of all ages to downtown Williams Bay last weekend.

The Williams Bay Business Association, which presented the 14th annual Day in the Bay, moved the event to Saturday, May 8 to allow more social distancing and additional safety measures because of COVID-19.

Day in the Bay, according to the WBBA, including participating from numerous community groups in Williams Bay and consisted of many activities starting at Lion’s Park in the morning followed by the official grand opening of Rex Memorial Dog Park.

Rex Memorial Dog Park, named in honor of a former K9 that served the village, consists of a fence with a double door entrance with areas for small and large dogs.

Bill Duncan, Williams Bay Village President, presented Police Chief Justin Timm with a plaque in memory of Rex, his K9.

Barrett Memorial Library also hosted a book sale.

Kristy and Molly Sweeney, of Williams Bay, both enjoyed browsing books available for sale at Barrett Memorial Library, especially Harry Potter.

The event included a pet parade with prizes, the Williams Bay Women’s Civic League selling chili dogs, and visitors being given “passports” to visit local businesses, where they could get their passport stamped for a raffle entry at Privatos Restaurant.

About 30 businesses participated in the event, according to organizers.

Meanwhile, the Williams Bay Historical Society celebrated the fire department with several activities, according to bestoflakegeneva.com.

Visitors to the fire department learned about the history, met a firefighter, toured the fire station and saw department equipment.

The Williams Bay Volunteer Fire Department, which launched in 1923, moved into the building 13 years later in 1936 and still uses the structure.

Naturalist Jim Killian, a representative of the Lakeland Audubon Society, led the annual Migratory Bird Walk in conjunction with Day in the Bay at Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy.



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