Broadcast to seniors highlights Desoto’s senior center “soft reopening” Monday & next Saturday’s big four-city Best Southwest Juneteenth celebration
- Written by Matt Smith Matt Smith
- Published: 13 June 2021 13 June 2021
DeSoto, TX - The DeSoto Economic Recovery Task Force’s recent broadcast to DeSoto Seniors who have been homebound due to the Coronavirus Pandemic features a preview of the Monday, June 14th “soft” reopening of DeSoto’s Senior Activity Center,
a recap of DeSoto’s Saturday, June 5th Crawfish Festival, and a preview of next Saturday’s Four-City Juneteenth Celebration in DeSoto’s Grimes Park.
The broadcast is hosted by DeSoto Communications Manager Matt Smith and features interviews with DeSoto Senior Activity Center Manager Dianca “D” McGhee and DeSoto Parks & Recreation Special Events Manager Deneen Anderson. You can view these interviews in their entirety on our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/desototx/videos/473061190457689
McGhee noted that DeSoto’s Seniors should be aware that Monday’s limited reopening will feature reduced hours, a 75% center capacity, limited activities, and that no transportation will be available. “Our hours will be minimized from 8 AM to 1 PM…We will still serve lunch but it's already prepackaged so once you receive your lunch you will have to leave the building. You can still come by and pick up a lunch as well.” She is also aware that even though progress has been made in the Pandemic, many Seniors are still skittish about going out in public, and she delivered this message to them “Even if you want to drive by and you’re not ready to come in the building, we’ll still be in there waiting on you.”
DeSoto Special Events Manager Deneen Anderson said that DeSoto’s Crawfish Festival that was held in DeSoto’s outdoor Amphitheater on June 5th went well and drew more of a crowd than expected. It was DeSoto’s 5th ever Crawfish Festival and official crowd estimates were more than 5,000 people who collectively consumed a total of 6,000 pounds of crawfish. Anderson felt that the enthusiastic attendance was due to residents being cooped up during the Pandemic and that the improving COVID situation convinced many to take advantage of this opportunity to get out and enjoy. Said Anderson, “I think that people were ready to get out and celebrate so we had a really good time. The event started on time and ended on time. Our star for the show was Sir Charles who is a known artist within the State of Texas, so it was a good event!”
On Saturday, June 19th DeSoto will host a joint Juneteenth celebration with the cities of Cedar Hill, Duncanville, and Lancaster, at Grimes Park, 501 E. Wintergreen Road, in DeSoto. Known as the Best Southwest Juneteenth Celebration, the event is expected to draw exceptionally large crowds, especially since the recent announcement was made that Howard Hewett, an R&B legend well known from his days with Shalamar, will headline with a free concert. Deneen Anderson recalled that shortly after Hewett was announced she received a call from an excited fan from another state. “I received a call from someone yesterday from Oklahoma, they were calling just to make sure that indeed he would be here so a family of seven will be driving down to see him!”
It will be a diverse entertainment line-up including Go-Go music from Shawn Martin, Blues Singer Phat Daddy, an opera singer, a children’s performance, and African Dancers. There will also be a great variety of foods offered including BBQ, turkey legs, crawfish, hot dogs, nutritional drinks, and Juneteenth-themed treats including tea cakes and red soda pop.
To register and learn more about this great 4-City celebration and its free concert with Howard Hewett, residents can visit the City’s website at https://www.ci.desoto.tx.us/332/Best-Southwest-Juneteenth-Celebration or the Eventbrite event page at www.eventbrite.com/e/best-southwest-juneteenth-celebration-tickets-153871370411.