On Sunday August 19, 2012 from 11AM to 6PM, the Charles A Melton Arts and Education Center (formerly the West Chester Community Center) in West Chester held its 2nd Annual CommUnity Day and 1st Annual Dessert Contest. The day was very well attended by hundreds of people and dignitaries from the community including but not limited to Senator Andrew Dinniman and Borough Council Member Cassandra Jones.
The event included live music from Aniya and Paula Scutnick who graced the attendees with more than 2 hours of live jazz and blues. There where vendors selling jewelry, artwork and plenty of food. The Melton Center unveiled the concept drawings for the renovated outdoor public pool and showcased the Growing Examples community gardens and summer basketball league programs.
The Dessert contest included more than 20 restaurant and individual entrants. The desserts were professionally displayed before being judged on presentation, taste and texture by 7 judges: Lisa Dorsey, President, Melton Center Board; Kim Davis of Sweet Jazmine’s Bakery in Berwyn; Susan Tiernan, West Chester Area School Distrist Board member, Pastor Tiffany Lett-Martin, Bethel African Methodist Episcopal; State Senator Andrew Dinniman. Sharon Webster’s delicious coconut cake won first place in the individual contest while Cornell McMillan’s homemade ice cream was a very close second. High Street Café won first place in the restaurant contest with a wonderful Tiramisu that tasted like it had been delivered directly from Italy.
CommUnity Day would not have been possible or successful without the tireless efforts and countless hours of Executive Director of the Melton Center, Kenneth Winston, Administrative Assistant Renee Washington, Staff member Emory Richardson and several volunteers including Antonia Keg, Joe Fina, Mallory Showalter and Duckie Paskins. The Board of Directors would also like to thank the following vendors, sponsors and organizations for their participation in making CommUnity Day a success:
21 Square, Jimmy Davis Catering , Juan Terrero Face Painting, Peoples Light Theatre, Peace of Pizza, Jimmy Sprinkles, Connielou’s Design Jewelry, Pan Afrikan Entertainment , Levette’s Jewelry, Chester County Historical Society, Chester County Opportunites Industrialization Center, Sankofa Academy, West Chester Business Improvement District, Minding your Mind, East Bradford Democrats, Chesco League of Woman Voters, Willistown Conservation Trust, Elks of West Chester , West Chester NAACP, State Office of Senator Andrew Dinniman , Chester County Maternal & Childcare Healthcare Consortium, West Chester Area Education Association, Peace A Pizza, Cruisin’Style Barber Parlor, Penn’s Table, Limoncello, Mediterranean Restaurant, Kiwi Frozen Yogurt, Cakes & Candies by Maryellen , Mabels Barbeque, Roots Café, Vudu Lounge, Riggtown Oven, Little Scarlet’s, Olive Branch, Hilary’s Cookies, Dolly’s Dish, Giant, Acme, Donald Lindsay and Sweet Jazmine’s Bakery.
CommUnity Day was a true display of what is possible when communities come together because it Matters.
President, Board of Directors
Charles A Melton Arts and Education Center