PARISHVILLE — A townwide bicentennial celebration is less than two weeks away, and the three-day schedule has been all but finalized.
Bicentennial Committee Chairman Bob Wickwire has been an integral part of coordinating the various events and is looking forward to the celebrations getting underway.
“I think 200 years of anything is an important milestone, especially for a community. There’s just something about the bicentennial that seems to be important and significant,” Mr. Wickwire said. “It’s always important to celebrate the town and how it has changed over the many years.”
Parishville co-historian Joseph R. McGill has led the way in organizing the big event.
“I think the kids are really going to enjoy the beach venue. I think the adults will enjoy the downtown venue with the music that’s going to be there,” Mr. McGill said. “There is an opening ceremony on Friday night and that will include the unveiling of the (interpretive) panels. ”
Highlights on the schedule include a block dance with the River Mohawks Band on July 25,, a horse-drawn tour of the hamlet and old homes from 1 to 5 p.m. July 26 and a fiddler/bluegrass concert on the Northern Music sound stage from noon to 4 p.m. July 27.
Mr. Wickwire said he moved to Parishville during his elementary school days in the 1950s before moving away for much of his adult life. When he and his wife retired, however, they decided to come back to their hometown.
The Parishville Museum will be open all weekend, Mr. McGill said, and employees will be available to answer questions.
Town historian Emma F. Remington, who has served in the role for 35 years and will retire at the end of July, also will be at the museum .
“The horse-drawn wagon tour will kind of highlight where some of the historic places are in Parishville. Most of those will be right here on the Main Street,” Mr. McGill said. “I had a St. Lawrence University student working with me and he will be narrating the tour. His name is Kilian McIntosh, and he is a Parishville resident and a history major.”
For a full schedule of the Parishville bicentennial celebration, visit the town of Parishville’s Facebook page.
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Bicentennial news: http://wdt.me/Parishville.