The Miamisburg Bicentennial is nigh, and the much-anticipated year-long celebration is about to begin!
There will be monthly events throughout 2018 that have a Bicentennial theme or some type of acknowledgement of the City’s 200th year, while a primary week of celebration will be held June 16-23.
The schedule kicks-off in January with a performance by the Miamisburg High School Madrigal Singers in the Memorial Auditorium on Sixth Street. More than 100 musicians and vocalists will showcase their talents on Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. Among the musical selections will be numbers to honor the Star City and its special anniversary. Admission is free.
A Founders Day Dinner will be held on Feb. 20, the actual date Miamisburg was established. This special evening at the Baum Opera House begins with dinner at 5 p.m., followed by a special program highlighting the rich history of the community and featuring the premier of the documentary “The River Runs Through.” Produced by local talents Carol O’Connell, Kevin Scheuller, Bobbye Sweny and John Warrington, this video tells the story of the people, places and events that shaped this unique community that has flourished through the decades. The evening will also include Sweny’s The Celebration Song, which was written by the local historian in tribute to founders Zachariah Hole, the Valentine Gebhart Family, Drs. John and Peter Treon and Jacob Kercher. Vintage 1800s clothing is suggested for attendees.
Seating for this special event is limited to 250. Tickets are $35 per person, and can be purchased through the Miamisburg Historical Society. Tables for six or eight persons may be reserved. Call 859-5000 for more information.
More to come
The primary week of celebration in June will feature daily events, opening and closing parades, live entertainment in Riverfront Park and fireworks. As with any milestone birthday, there will also be a surprise present. The City’s largest employer, Kettering Health Network, is planning a gift to the community on June 20. Watch for an announcement to come.
Watch for a commemorative Bicentennial issue of the Civic Focus community newsletter in March.