For the first time, Leon County will be celebrating Family Day on the Friday after Thanksgiving with Family Day at the Square. Food, arts and crafts, family resources, live music and other activities will be at Railroad Square near the Railroad Square Craft House 1-5 p.m.
"Family is the most important thing in my life," said Leon County Commissioner Brian Welch. "For me, this is an issue that everybody can support. We live in such divisive times, everybody disagrees about everything. This is an opportunity for folks to be intentional and enjoy each other for who we are, enjoy our community for what it is and embracing that we're all in this together. Nothing exemplifies that like being with family."
There will also be a lip-sync competition, fitness challenges and free family portraits. Two local professional photographers will be taking photos during the event. Families are welcome to come and pose in front of a winter backdrop and will be given a digital copy of the photo, said Christic Henry, executive director for the Soul of Southside Festival.
"It was the one thing that stood out to me that would be super valuable to anybody and everybody, no matter what your socioeconomic status," Welch said. "The opportunity to have a professional family portrait is a cool thing that we're providing."
The City of Tallahassee, along with Leon County, are the first communities in Florida to recognize Family Day. City and county workers will from now on get the day after Thanksgiving off to celebrate the importance of family. Ron Sachs, CEO of Sachs Media Group, brought the idea to Welch who then proposed the holiday to Leon County Commissioners at a meeting last spring.
Commissioners voted unanimously to support Welch's Family Day holiday initiative, and Mayor John Dailey and the rest of the city commission agreed. "It was an idea to promote Leon County as a family-friendly community and give families an opportunity to do something together," Welch said. Palm Beach County then followed suit and will also be hosting a Family Day on Friday.
The event was organized by county and city government, Sachs Media, the Council on Culture and Arts (COCA), Soul of Southside Festival TLH and the Railroad Square Art District. To learn more about this year’s Family Day festivities, visit FloridaFamilyDay.com.
Contact Ana Goñi-Lessan at AGoniLessan@tallahassee.com and follow her on Twitter @goni_lessan.
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