MASSILLON — With the sounds of steel drums and reggae music in the air, Duncan Plaza was transported to the islands on Friday night for the Massillon Museum’s annual island party.
More than 1,000 visitors were on island time as they attended the annual event, which serves as a thank you to supporters of the museum.
“It’s a great turnout,” said the museum’s chief executive, Alexandra Nicholis Coon, as she greeted the guests. “People are excited to be back.”
Island Party 2020 was canceled due to the coronavirus and last year’s event was held virtually.
Attendees stocked up on island treats, from Red Stripe and Banks beer to plantains, pineapple salsa, pulled pork and jerk chicken while listening to steel drum duo Found Sounds.
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The kids – and the young at heart – enjoyed the bubbles and hoops. Museum educators helped children create their own hermit crabs with paper plates and the outlines of their hands.
“It’s always a good time,” Linda Ackerman said. “The venue is beautiful. It would be nice to have something like this every weekend.”
It was the first visit to the Island Party for Linda McClintok.
The Jackson Township resident has visited the museum several times, but never the annual party.
“They’ve done a great job with the museum and it’s a great place for a party,” she said.
Her friend Kathy Kettler attends the party every year.
“I love music and it’s so nice to meet people you don’t always see,” she said. “You can bring the family and have a great time.”
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After a series of quizzes led by this year’s emcee Rudy Turkal, Carlos Jones and the Peace, Love and Unity Syndicate took to the Duncan Plaza stage with their soulful reggae sounds.
New to this year’s event were fire artists.
The Divine Harmony crew dazzled the crowd with dances, twirls and juggling with fiery props including swords and hoops.
Their performance left many in awe wondering how they performed without getting burned.
“It’s so awesome,” Nicholis Coon said of the event. “And we had perfect weather.”
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