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Celebration Of The 50th Anniversary Of The Cays A Success

by Alessandra Selgi-Harrigan | Posted: Friday, October 4, 2019 4:31 pm

About 2,000 people attended the Cays’s 50 the anniversary party last Saturday, Sept. 28. Between kids’ activities, vendors and food booths and the adult beverage garden there was something for everybody. Local bands In Midlife Crisis and Side Traxx entertained the attendees who came from the Cays, as well as the village.

Volunteer organizer Lance Rodgers’ day started early with Mike Palumbo of the Side Traxx band texting him at 5 a.m. He lives across from Rodgers and had seen a light on so he assumed he was up. Palumbo was worried; he said it was pouring rain in East County where the stage and the band equipment was going to come from.

Before the anniversary celebration soccer games were going on, and the park was quickly changed from a soccer field to a party scene. Rodgers was at the park by 11 a.m. overseeing the booths being set up and the fencing for the beer garden.

Some residents started showing up early to set up their chairs by the stage. At 3 p.m. the opening ceremony started and Rodgers daughter Evangeline (8), sang the national anthem.

“It was a great event, there was stuff to do for all ages, the vendors and food were fantastic,” said Rodgers.

The food was provided by Calypso Café, High Tide Pizza and Clayton’s with burritos. Alcoholic beverages in the beer garden were provided by Bay Bridge Brewing, Attitude Brewing Company, vom Fass wine and Bella Beverage Catering. Julie’s Party People took care of the kids’ activities with a stilt walker, dunk tank, bounce houses and more.

There were,of course, logistical nightmares that were all resolved halfway through the party. At that point Rodgers could relax and took time to talk to people. “Everyone was smiling and talking to each other,” said Rodgers.

The movie “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” was shown at 7:45 p.m. Due to the wind the big screen had been taken down and the city brought a smaller screen and 30 to 40 people stayed to watch.

“Although the purpose was to have a party for the community it was nice to raise funds for the Silver Strand PTO” said Rodgers.

The PTO had two booths selling snack and beverages, and T-shirts with the Cays logo which had been donated. From the early accounting it looks like the PTO may be getting close to $18,000, explained Rodgers.

A fun time was had by all, and residents would like to see this kind of event once again where all the 10 villages come together and have a good time. “People were saying ‘Can we do this again next year?’” said Rodgers.