By Frank Lewis
When was the last time you heard someone say about someone else, “you look pretty good for 200 years old?” Well, the Portsmouth Bicentennial Committee is hoping the area will get ready to put on its best face and take its best step forward as 2015 approaches.
“We began planning several years ago,” Gina Chabot, general co-chair for the Portsmouth Bicentennial Committee, said. “There are several people who are involved in these plans, including my co-chair Vicky Hatcher. We are both excited and thrilled to celebrate with our community the long history our great city has within it.”
The committee will keep the public informed as to all the activities and events surrounding the Bicentennial celebration through a calendar, and Chabot said the celebration will begin as early as September.
“We will start our celebration in tandem with some existing celebrations. Since some of these events have taken place for a very long time, it only made sense to use them to demonstrate the history that continues to thrive in Portsmouth,” Chabot said.
She said several small events will lead up to the St. Mary’s Festival and Portsmouth Oktoberfest, which will take place Sept. 19-21. This will be the first large event that will incorporate the Bicentennial Celebration. During the festival, which is centered around a German theme, Co-chairmen Rick Estep and Tim Paul said everything from live music, entertainment and wine tasting will be a part of the festivities.
“The co-chairs for this event have really put a lot of thought into making sure the international theme continues while highlighting the rich heritage that was brought to our great city,” Chabot said.
Some of the events during the festival include: Sept. 19 - a performance by Rick Ferrell, a Beer Garten and Wine Tasting and Brats & Kraut with beer from Ohio’s oldest brewery; Sept. 20 – a performance by Led foot Johnny & American Gypsy, Antique Car Show, inflatables, flea market, art show, health screenings, side-walk sales and evening entertainment with the Beer Garten and Brats and Sept. 21 – a performance by City Heat and Gary Billips, a murals scavenger hunt, games, a fitness challenge and many other activities.
“This is just the beginning of our year-long celebration. We hope to have a calendar of events ready by the end of August so that we can share all of the great historical fun we have planned for our community to enjoy,” Chabot said.
To stay up with the latest information on the Bicentennial Celebration, like them on Facebook at Portsmouth Area Bicentennial.
Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 1928, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.