You bELONg in the Community: 2018 B-Town Monthly Events
Burlinton's Recreational Center Offers Some Exciting Monthly Events it Hopes Elon Students Will Take Advantage Of!
B-Town events has an exciting line-up events set up for the spring! Emily Lott, assistant supervisor of Burlington’s recreational town events, is working to integrate Elon students into the surrounding community by promoting annual monthly events. The recreational center event planning has evolved during the past two years since Lott has taken over the position.
In efforts to attract Elon students to the free public-wide events, Lott helped start a new event for the month of March. Downtown Burlington is excited to announce that the St. Paddy’s Day Bash and Parade is back again this year! On March 17 from 5 to 10 p.m., the streets of downtown Burlington will close as the community lights up with a decorated golf cart parade, live music from traditional bagpipers and drummers, food and store vendors, games, and face painting.
Another event that has attracted Elon students in past years is Active City Streets, which starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 5. This attracts an active and fitness-loving audience. There are multiple stages with fitness classes such as Zumba with live music and professional coaches.
Fitness assessments will be offered by various local gym sponsors to help develop new fitness goals for the future. There will even be some post-workout celebratory food samples and healthy recipes. The event is known for its one-of-a-kind Knockerball soccer game where players dress up in giant inflatable blow-ups over their bodies to bounce off other opponents. This year Lott mentioned that they are even adding a 3x3 basketball tournament, “The events are for everyone.” She shared that, “we have a lot to offer everyone in the community and want Elon students to be a part of it.”
Lott hopes Elon students will participate in these free events and build social environments. She loves getting to watch all her hard work come to fruition after planning each event at least four months prior to the date, “I love that every day is different and I get to decide what my day is going to look like and I know what needs to be done. I enjoy the ambiguity that I can plan a part of different of an event each day.” Her next plan of action is to expand the advertising and coordinate BioBus transportation for students who are unable to drive from campus.