BROCTON - The Town of Portland will be abuzz with activity this weekend as the Bicentennial Celebration festivities got under way Friday afternoon.
Town Supervisor Dan Schrantz, who made an official proclamation to open the celebration Friday, thanked Committee Chairman Dave Travis and the entire committee of volunteers Wednesday at the Portland Town Council meeting for their efforts in making the celebration a success.
Schrantz and Travis remind everyone that all activities will be held either at the Brocton Legion, or at Brocton Central School this year, deviating from the usual location of Community Park where the Brocton/Portland Community Festival is usually held. They also remind everyone that there will be no parking on the legion grounds with the exception of the Alumni Reunion dinner and dance on Saturday night and emergency or handicap instances, and that those attending the weekend activities should plan to park at the school or directly across from the legion where shuttle service will be available all weekend.
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Volunteers are transforming the American Legion in Brocton into a celebration grounds for the official Portland Bicentennial Celebration this weekend.
Travis also noted that the originally scheduled communitywide picnic slated for July 28 will be rescheduled so that more community members will be available to attend. Details regarding the post-celebration community picnic will be announced at a later date.
Town Councilman and Brad Anderson Recognition Committee Chairman Jerry Boltz reported with regret to the council Wednesday that this year's Grand Marshal of Sunday's Grand Parade, Brad Anderson will be unable to attend the weekend celebration. Due to a recent surgery, Anderson will be recuperating at home and will not be able to attend the Bicentennial, or his own class reunion which he is faithful to return to Brocton for each year. Members of the Recognition Committee are slated to ride the float in place of Anderson, who is doing well and back to drawing following his recent surgery.
The Recognition Committee will be on hand all weekend with Marmaduke items for sale, and Committee Member and Councilman Al Valentin encourages all residents, young and old to view the artist's "marquet," or small replica of the proposed monument depicting Brad and Marmaduke as it will be on full display at the Legion all weekend long.
With the Bicentennial Celebration in full swing, Valentin also reported to the council that historical displays at the Historical Museum will be available for view Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and special Bicentennial displays will be set up at Brocton Central School all weekend in honor of the town's 200th birthday celebration.
Museum hours will be extended for an additional season August 3 through September 29 from noon until 4 p.m. as Bicentennial activities have interrupted the regular schedule slightly, according to Valentin.
The community is invited and welcomed to take part in the numerous free and family friendly activities happening in Brocton all weekend long. For specific details on the celebration, please visit portlandbicentennial.org.
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