Citizens For A Better Norwood

Monday, April 14, 2008

No Evanswood Festival this spring…lack of interest?

On September 30, 2006, Xavier hosted the first Evanswood Festival, an event that was the brain child of the university’s Evanston-Norwood-Xavier (ENX) Academy. It was intended to be an annual event to build a greater sense of community among the three entities. Last August, Picket Slater Harrington, with Xavier’s Community Building Institute, told us the 2nd annual Evanswood Festival had been rescheduled from last fall to this spring. That is no longer the case.

This past Thursday, we learned that Byron White, formerly with the Community Building Institute but recently promoted to a new position at Xavier, will remain involved in any future Evanswood Festivals. His assistant told us plans for this spring’s event were scrapped because there were not enough volunteers within Xavier or from Norwood and Evanston to proceed. She went on to say, however, that it’s not too late to stage a Fall 2008 festival if individuals, civic organizations, businesses, etc., step forward soon to help. Anyone who is interested should email Byron White at