Residents met in October to plan for the 250th anniversary of Edgecomb’s founding. In the followup Meet and Greet, with refreshments, Saturday, November 19th, 9:30-11:00am, they will continue developing ideas suggested at the first meeting, and summarized here:
Tentative plans are for a year long celebration in 2024, with six areas of focus. January might feature a series of late afternoon conversations or speakers covering town history, followed by a chowder or chili supper.
Since Edgecomb’s birthday is March 3, 1774, March could be a birthday party, with invited dignitaries. May would focus on the Town Meeting. July might be a town-wide family cookout or barbecue at the school, with games, etc. September could feature walking history tours – including some of the historic houses, and sites in the Schmid Preserve. Perhaps November would culminate in a town parade, maybe including the Fire Department.
There were numerous suggestions during the followup discussion, some embracing commemorative activities like reenactments, displays in the Town Hall, an ice cream social, a quilt raffle, or town officials dressing in period costumes. Several suggestions involved working with local artists and artisans, perhaps an art show, or creating some commemorative piece – a poster, or a mug – for the occasion. Local musicians could be involved as well.
Taking the energy of the October meeting, November’s Meet and Greet will refine and crystallize plans for the anniversary celebration, and identify people to lead preparation in each area.