The City of Wayland’s new portable stage was set up behind city hall Monday, July 7, for an official christening before the Main Street Celebration July 19.

City of Wayland wheels out new stage

Virginia Ransbottom, Staff Writer

The City of Wayland was gearing up for the big Main Street Celebration by hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new portable stage prior to the council meeting July 7. The stage will be a focal point for entertainment at the city’s big summer event on July 19. The stage cost $56,000 and the old stage was sold for $2,000.

During the council meeting, council members approved adding a third beer tent to the celebration. St. Therese Church will host a tent on Main Street along with

McDuff’s Bar and Grille and the Wayland Hotel and Bar. On July 19, from 1 to 3 p.m. the church will be offering Bingo and, from 5 to 11 p.m., pre-mixed alcohol, popcorn and soft pretzels will be served.

For more information on the celebration, visit www.down

Also new this year is Wayland’s first glow-in-the-dark 5K run and walk on Friday, July 18. Council members approved closing roads for the event from 7:30 to 11 p.m.

Main Street, from Plum Street to East Superior Street, and East Superior Street out to the high school will be closed during the race, along with some other side roads.

The “Light It Up” fun run for families and kids is hosted by New Life Community Church with part of the registration fee going to purchase solar powered lights for Third World countries lacking sustainable source of energy. The kids’ fun run at 8 p.m. is free for children. For more information, visit

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