One love, one family, one community.
Not only is that JT Thompson’s signoff on his daily Facebook video chronicles, it was totally the vibe Aug. 3 during the third annual Unity Day celebration at the Hyannis Village Green.
“The clouds cleared because of all this positivity,” said Barnstable Police Lt. John Murphy Jr.
Barnstable police, the town’s community services department, and community group People of Action joined together to host the event.
BPD Chief Matthew Sonnabend pedaled around on a mountain bike, conducting a mobile meet-and-greet -- and yes, he wore a helmet.
DJ Angel played “Disco Inferno” and other flashback hits, and Eastern Sun drummers and dancers from Mashpee performed onstage between sets.
Maya Fraser, who’s going into Grade 7 at Barnstable Intermediate School, stole the show by belting out, “I can see clearly now, the rain is gone.”
Donna Silva, Michelle Selens, and Heidi Anacki doled out bottled water and Diet Cokes on ice at a shaded concession stand.
Tropical Smoothie Café sampled Bahama Mama, Blimey Limey, Kiwi Quencher, and Island Green smoothies.
Sam Rivera, John Hamelberg, Shawn “Mie Mie” Rajsombath, and Billy Jordan did most of the heavy lifting, cooking burgers and hot dogs non-stop for two hours.
Eager youths took turns dunking BPD Officer Brian Morrison well over 100 times over the course of an hour; nevertheless, he kept smiling.
“He’s always smiling,” said BPD Lt. Jean Challies.
“Security!” Morrison hollered jokingly, after a succession of dunks. “No cheating! Wait, wait, wait! I’ve gotta fix my hair, hold on!”
Superhero sightings outside the Spider Man bounce house included two Batmans, an Incredible, and SuperGirl.
Amy Croteau and Devon Harrington, Barnstable Natural Resource officers, showcased stuffed wild animals and answered questions.
Many visitors asked about the osprey, whose nests atop utility poles recently caught fire from electrical surges. (All survivors were re-nested, and one chick was adopted by a lower-Cape foster osprey family.)
BPD Officer Corey Fredrickson let kids try on police gear while BPD Officer Kevin Fullam introduced children to Vonny, the black lab, his K-9 partner.
COMM Firemen gave away junior firefighter plastic helmets and helped kids climb aboard a hook and ladder truck.
State Rep. Will Crocker, R-Centerville, and his wife, Judy, strolled the scene as did Barnstable Town Councilor Debra Dagwan, Town Clerk Ann Quirk, Todd Deluca of the Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce, and Patti Lloyd of the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce. The Channel 18 news crew was on-scene.
Some attendees took the opportunity to stand in the scoop of a towering 950M Caterpillar wheel loader or sit on a BPD Harley motorcycle.
A repeat Touch-A-Truck show is scheduled for Kids Day on Wed., Aug. 8, at Barnstable High School, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.