Millions have heard and sung along with James Taylor’s 1970s hit song, “You’ve Got a Friend,” (penned and sung by his close friend Carole King).
And millions have seen and purchased DVDs of the television series “Friends.”
The Lake Township Friendship Committee isn’t expecting millions by any stretch of the imagination, but they are expecting the usual big turnout at their annual Friendship Day celebration Aug. 8 and 9 at Friendship Park. The park and its pond are located next to the township hall at 27975 Cummings Rd.
The event begins at 6:15 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, with a tree dedication followed by a performance by the country band Southern Raiders from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs. Hot dogs, brats, pop and root beer floats will be available.
On Saturday, Aug. 9, a breakfast will be available at Lake Township Fire No. 2 from 8 to 10 a.m. Chicken dinners will be sold by Lake Fire Station No. 1 from 11 a.m. until supplies run out.
Friendship Day activities begin at 9 a.m., including rag-doll making, a Civil War living history camp and exhibitions by the Power of Yesteryear Tractor Club, old-time blacksmiths, tole painters, basket weavers, local vendors and craftsmen, and a farmer’s market with meat, produce and sweets.
Sign-up for the kids’ fishing derby is at 9:30 a.m. The derby will begin at 10 a.m. -- the same time Dan and John will perform music from the ’70s and ’80s and that checkers, ring toss and other games will get underway. Games will end at noon, when the winner of the derby is announced.
Bluegrass Music Bridge will perform at 12:30 p.m. An antique appraisal clinic will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. in the tent at a cost of $2 for each item up to 3 maximum reviewed.
The Buckeye Squares will present square dance demonstrations at 2 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. Sack races and a three-legged race carrying an egg will be held at 2 p.m. by the Civil War camp.
A grand prize drawing for a Wii will be held at 3 p.m.