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CELEBRATE DOWNTOWN LANCASTER IS 1ST OF MEET-YOUR-NEIGHBOR EVENTS FEST TO FEATURE WINE, FARMERS MARKET, FILM.



Byline: Charles F. Bostwick Staff Writer

LANCASTER - Two blocks of Lancaster Boulevard will be closed for five hours July 22 for a street festival featuring a jazz band, wine tasting Noun 1. wine tasting - a gathering of people to taste and compare different wines
assemblage, gathering - a group of persons together in one place

wine tasting ndegustaciĆ³n f de vinos 
, an antique car An antique car is generally defined as a car over 25 years of age, this being the definition used by the Antique Automobile Club of America and many other organizations worldwide. However, the legal definition for the purpose of antique vehicle registration varies widely.  show, a farmers market and an outdoor silent movie.

The Celebrate Downtown Lancaster festival is expected to be the first of other downtown events intended to encourage Lancaster residents to get to know each other and to promote the city's traditional business center.

``The center of the city is the soul of Lancaster, regardless of where the shopping centers go,'' said downtown architect Myrle McLernon, president of the downtown business organization Lancaster Old Town Site. ``Any city needs a soul.''

Celebrate Downtown Lancaster is to run from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 22 on Lancaster Boulevard between Fern and Elm avenues. Grammy-winning percussionist Poncho Sanchez's Latin jazz Latin jazz is the general term given to music that combines rhythms from African and Latin American countries with jazz and classical harmonies from Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and United States.

The two main categories of Latin Jazz are Brazilian and Afro-Cuban.
 band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

The city's Western Hotel museum, in Lancaster's oldest surviving building, will host an ice cream social from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 22. Ice-cream social ice-cream social
n. Chiefly Upper Northern U.S.
A picnic featuring ice cream, often held for the purpose of raising money for charity. Also called ice-cream sociable.
 admission is $4 a person and $1 for children age 11 and younger.

The 1927 Buster Keaton Noun 1. Buster Keaton - United States comedian and actor in silent films noted for his acrobatic skills and deadpan face (1895-1966)
Joseph Francis Keaton, Keaton
 silent movie ``The General'' will be shown at 9 p.m. behind the Western Hotel. Movie admission is included with the ice-cream social price, or alone is $2 a person for ages 12 and older.

The festival comes as city officials propose creating a specific plan and a retail plan to preserve downtown's characteristics and economic viability.

The Antelope Valley's economic center from the beginning of the 20th century until the 1980s, Lancaster's downtown dwindled in importance with the construction of shopping centers, first elsewhere in Lancaster, and more recently in Palmdale.

``This was the main street in Antelope Valley This article is about the Los Angeles County region. For the census-designated place in Wyoming, see Antelope Valley-Crestview, Wyoming.

The Antelope Valley
,'' said Lancaster Mayor Frank Roberts Frank Roberts may refer to:
  • Frank Roberts (diplomat) (1907-1998), British diplomat
  • Frank Roberts (footballer) (born 1893), English footballer
  • Frank Crowther Roberts (1891-1982), English recipient of the Victoria Cross
See also
, whose family came to Lancaster after World War II and operated a downtown restaurant.

Lancaster Boulevard retains an advantage over other communities' downtowns because of its performing arts center A performing arts center, often abbreviated PAC, is a multi-use performance space that can be adapted for use by various types of the performing arts, including dance, music and theatre. , museums and library, City Manager Bob LaSala said.

``We have a platform, we have a foundation in Lancaster that is really the envy of a lot of communities,'' LaSala said. ``You go to a lot of suburban communities and people say there is no there there. We have a there.''

Besides promoting downtown, LaSala said, the festival encourages Lancaster residents to get to know their fellow citizens.

``We suffer today in our society from a lack of community, a lack of connectedness. Here's an opportunity to come together, to commune commune, in medieval history
commune (kôm`yn), in medieval history, collective institution that developed in continental Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire.
 and to connect,'' LaSala said.

If the July 22 festival succeeds, LaSala said, it could be followed by concerts, an art and wine festival, and youth activities.

``I'd love to see a farmers market on Saturday mornings on Lancaster Boulevard,'' La Sala said.

Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742

chuck.bostwick(at)dailynews.com

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(color) Announcing the Celebrate Downtown Lancaster festival are, from left, Lancaster Old Town Site President Myrle McLernon, Lancaster City Manager Bob LaSala and Steve Malicott from the Antelope Valley Chamber of Commerce.

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