Celebrate our city’s offerings every day of year

The second annual Warren Homecoming going on this weekend is bigger and better than last year’s event and brings higher expectations for wonderful weather, a bigger turnout and a better opportunity to reunite with old friends.

Thousands were expected to celebrate their enduring connection with this great city of Warren.

The gigantic citywide party kicked off Friday with a rooftop reunion at the downtown Warren parking deck, continued through the weekend with things like Garden District tours, a city-themed art show at the Box Gallery along with an Art Hop sponsored by the Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County, a “Taste of Warren” event with 24 local food vendors on Courthouse Square and about a dozen other events, wrapping up Monday with an NFL Legends golf outing celebrating our city’s amazing football players and coaches.

While the event was intended to encourage “expatriates” to return to their hometown, it’s also meant to celebrate what’s here and those that never stopped calling Warren their home.

“Perhaps the most remarkable thing about Warren Homecoming 2017 is how unremarkable it is,” said Warren native Dennis Blank, creator and volunteer for the homecoming event. He was speaking, of course, about how all of this weekend’s entertainment, food, art, music, golf and, of course, warm friendships, are here every day of the year, not just on Homecoming weekend.

Just like last year, the event has created a buzz. It will return people to their roots and ultimately, it just might help encourage repopulation of the city that has so much to offer.

Welcome home!