Food, music and fun bring the islands to the Massillon Museum party

MASSILLON — With the sounds of steel drums and reggae music filling the air, Duncan Plaza was brought 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 for the museum’s supporters.

“It’s a great turnout,” said museum curator Alexandra Nicholis Coon as she greeted guests. “People are happy to be back.”

The Island Party 2020 was canceled due to the coronavirus and last year’s event was held virtually.

Attendees got their fill of island goodies from Red Stripe and Banks beers to plantains, pineapple salsa, pulled pork and jerk chicken while listening to steel drum duo Found Sounds.

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Kids – and the young at heart – enjoyed the bubbles and hula hoops. Educators at the museum helped children create their own hermit crabs using paper plates and outlines of their hands.

“It’s always a good time,” said Linda Ackerman. “The venue is beautiful. It would be nice to have something like this every weekend.”

It was Linda McClintok’s first visit to the Island Party.

The Jackson Township resident has visited the museum several times, but never attended the annual party.

Carlos Jones performs with the Peach, Love and Unity Syndicate Band during the Massillon Museum's annual Island Party in Massillon on Friday.

“They’ve done a great job with the museum and this is 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 good time.”

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After a round of trivia led by this year’s host Rudy Turkal, Carlos Jones and the Peace, Love and Unity Syndicate took to the Duncan Plaza stage with their soulful reggae tunes.

New to this year’s event were fire performers.

The Divine Harmony team mesmerized the crowd as they danced, twirled and juggled flaming props including swords and hoops.

People gather in Duncan Plaza for the Massillon Museum's annual Island Party in Massillon on Friday.

Her performance left many gaping, wondering how they performed without getting burned.

“It’s so great,” said Nicholis Coon of the event. “And we had perfect weather.”

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