Berwyn Events

The Berwyn District Civic Association (BDCA) holds a number of community events such as the Berwyn Bonfire, end of year Holiday party, and neighborhood clean-up events.   Below are descriptions of some of the community events that have been sponsored in the past by the BDCA. The BDCA has sponsored many other community events (i.e. neighbor yards sales, ice cream socials, special events in the park) but, those listed below are events that occur more frequently.

Berwyn Day

In the past the Berwyn District Civic Association (BDCA) sponsored a yearly neighborhood event entitled "Berwyn Day". The purpose of Berwyn Day was threefold: (1) to facilitate interaction and involvement in the event by community members; (2) to provide a venue of games and activities focused on involving children to help them meet and interact with others in the neighborhood; (3) to serve as an official fund-raiser to help offset some of the costs of Civic Association activities.

The BDCA board recently decided to stop holding an annual Berwyn Day event and put more resources into other BDCA events. This decision was based in part on the fact that there are now a number of competing events held in the College Park area. Additionally, the number of volunteers and resources needed to successfully hold a large neighborhood event was becoming more and more difficult to pull off each year. However, the BDCA will consider the possibility of holding future Berwyn Day celebrations, but not likely as an annual event.

Past Berwyn Day Flyers:

Berwyn BDCA Bonfire Day

Perhaps the most popular BDCA sponsored event is the annual BDCA Berwyn Bonfire. This event occurs the next to last weekend in October and hence has sometimes has been refereed to as the BDCA Oktoberfest bonfire. In the past, berwyners were asked to drop off wood (No pressure treated wood or poison ivy) at a designated location any time the week prior to the bonfire and no later than noon on the day of the bonfire. Now the wood is purchased for the bonfire. The exact time of the bonfire lighting depends on the amount of wood, but it usually occurs around 5pm. The fire department usually puts the fire out around 10pm. The BDCA supplies hot cider and people bring their own marshmallows and hot dogs to cook at the bonfire.

Past Berwyn BDCA Bonfire Flyers:

Social Events

The BDCA organizes lots of community social events such as potluck dinners, ice cream socials, and movies in the park.

Past Berwyn Social Event Flyers:

Neighborhood Clean-up Events

The BDCA also organizes community yard sales and clean-up events.

Past Community Yard Sales and Clean-up Flyers:

Neighborhood Night Out Events

Neighborhood night out (local version of National Night Out) is an annual community-building event that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhood a safer and better place to live. The BDCA often organizes an annual neighborhood night out event that occurs on the first Tuesday in August. We sometimes organize this event in conjunction with events planned by the City of College Park and also have occasionally organized this event along with the Lakeland Civic Association.

Past Neighborhood Night Out Flyers:

BDCA Annual Holiday Party

The BDCA holds an annual holiday party on either the second or third Saturday in December. The party consists of crafts for the kids, holiday music, and a wonderful pot-luck assortment of deserts. We also usually welcome a very famous visitor from the North Pole!

Past Annual Holiday Party Flyers: