Mothers were honored with long-stem carnations.
Dancers performed in unison like heralds of a first spring breeze.
Proclamations were given, ceremonial ribbons were cut, and public works were dedicated.
Local authors shared the fruits of their labor.
Friendships were renewed. New plans were made.
Commerce was transacted. People laughed and feasted.
So went the very fitting opening event for Orchard City's observance of its Centennial Year. It was an occasion to hold a Mothers Day pancake breakfast and to put the world on notice that in 2012 Orchard City is 100 years old, and that its citizens take great and justifiable pride in the achievement.
The observance was the first of four that will occur over the four summer months marking the town's 100th anniversary.
It began with a pancake breakfast in honor of Mother's Day. The meal was prepared and served by members of the Surface Creek Valley Lions Club. Mothers received a long-stem carnation, compliments of the town, as they were served.
Inside the community room neighbors visited and reminisced while sharing plans for upcoming events. Members of the town's Centennial Committee, Judy Davies, Bette Davis, and Kenneth Kline, took reservations for commemorative tiles that will decorate a wall of honor
Local authors were on hand with their books. Marjorie Johnson, animal lover, writer, and town resident had copies of "All About Animals" for sale. The volume contains contributions from local writers telling their favorite, and sometimes heart moving, stories about animals. "These stories are written by people who thought they couldn't write," Johnson explained. But when they tried a subject close to their hearts the words began to flow, she explained. The book was published as a fund raiser by the Friends of Cedaredge Animal Control.
Local writer Helen Fox had copies of her self-published children's book "Where is Sampson." The story involves a golden retriever and his suspenseful disappearance. "It has a happy ending," Fox said. The book's engaging illustrations are by Emily Jo Kyburz of Boulder.
Well-known local author Jim Wetzel, curator of the Delta County Historical Museum, had copies of his latest volume of local history, "Murder and Mystery on Grand Mesa." Wetzel also presented the town with a gift: several class photos dating from 1925, 1930 and 1946 showing classes from Fairview School. The photos have students own handwritten names on the back.
A second centerpiece event of the day was dedication of the new Centennial Park at town hall. The park completes a landscaping plan that was envisioned when the town hall was built several years ago. The park features a gazebo, plantings of 100 shrubs and trees, a textured concrete walkway, and a wall of honor where people can purchase and have displayed memorial tiles bearing the inscription of their choice.
The park was dedicated with appropriately brief remarks by Mayor Don Suppes, followed by a ribbon cutting.
Members of Linda Dysart's Delta County Dance Company performed a Maypole dance in the Celtic-European tradition under the 24-foot diameter gazebo. The dedication dance brought the official event to a close.
Members of the dance troupe were Grace Kathrein, Haley Donathan, Samantha Cassel, Julie Cassel, Kim Cooper, Samantha Quinn, Allyson, Quinn and Arla Nelson.blog comments powered by Disqus