SEARSMONT LAUNCHES BICENTENNIAL YEAR
The 1,400 residents of Searsmont will celebrate their town’s bicentennial throughout 2014, with festivities beginning on the evening of Wednesday February 5 at a Founders Day Celebration, and ending during the week of August 2-10 with eight days of food, fun, and fireworks.
“This celebration has been in the planning stage for almost two years,” said Carol Robbins, chairperson of the 16-member volunteer Bicentennial Committee. “Now it’s time to enjoy the many events that will mark this special year in the history of Searsmont.”
The Founders Day Celebration will be followed by bicentennial activities in Searsmont connected with the St. Georges River Canoe Race on March 30, the Memorial Day and Searsmont Bicentennial Parade on May 26, and school and Searsmont Historical Society programs and exhibits throughout the spring and summer. Searsmont sculptor Steven Porter has created a bicentennial bench, students at local schools are now writing essays on the Searsmont of yesterday and today, and local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are also taking part. Bicentennial baseball caps, t-shirts, ceramic coffee mugs, and historic calendars are now on sale at the Town Office, town library, and Fraternity Village Store in the center of town. All of these activities will lead into Searsmont’s Bicentennial Week between August 2 and August 10.
Highlights of Bicentennial Week include a fire department barbeque, Robbins Lumber Mill open house and tour, antique car display, and Georges River Trail hike, all culminating on August 9 with a Bicentennial Celebration Day.
"We are very excited about all of the bicentennial activities,” said Carol Robbins. “But August 9 will be a true day to remember – maybe for another two hundred years.” For more than twelve hours, Searsmont will host walking tours, cemetery tours, fun for children and families, a mid-day hamburger and hot dog feast, early evening pig roast and lobster dinners, a barn dance at the Community Center featuring the Searsmont Street Band, and a fireworks display.
For more information about the Searsmont Bicentennial celebration and activities, go to www.searsmont.com.