ESCANABA - YEScanaba - please say "YES" when asked to help organize events to enhance Escanaba's Sesquicentennial.
In January of 2010, a group of citizens and friends of Escanaba came together to begin planning a celebration worthy of honoring the city's rich 150-year history. This group, known as the escanaba150.org steering committee, is now seeking proposals from local groups, agencies, organizations and individuals who are interested in participating in the 2013 festivities. This may include events, activities, performances, displays and publications that will enhance the celebration of this milestone. Most events will be held from Friday, July 5, through Saturday, July 13.
It is the intent of the committee to highlight all that Escanaba was, all that it is, and all that it may become. The committee realizes that in order to do this, we will need help - lots of help - from local groups, agencies, organizations and individuals to help plan and implement events that will entice visitors to the area and celebrate with residents all that is good in our waterfront community.
The Entertainment and Events Sub-committee has suggested many great activities that could take place during the celebration. Some ideas being bandied about are an evening jam session with local talent, a golf tournament in conjunction with an all-school reunion, softball and volleyball tournaments, water-ski shows, military fly over, Venetian night as part of a maritime event, a pow-wow during Native American Day, bike touring event, 150-lap stock car race, log rolling and kayak demonstrations, family day picnic in the park with a tug of war event and other family-fun activities.
Financial assistance, in the form of grants, may be available to assist applicants with their planning efforts. Proposal forms will be available online at esky150.org>esky150.org. Activities may be planned at locations such as the fairgrounds, Ludington and other parks, the Bonifas Afts Center, Historical Society Museum and Lighthouse, the Civic Center, the Downtown District and all points in between.
If you typically organize an annual event that could enhance the sesquicentennial, please think about scheduling it for July 5-13, 2013. Otherwise, please consider what you have to offer in terms of new events, time and ideas to assist in observing the 150th birthday of one of our great hometowns. Together, we can make this the biggest and best birthday party possible.
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Vickie Micheau is executive director of the Delta County Chamber of Commerce