10/10/2013 3:00:00 PM Bicentennial off to wet start, big
crowds await weekend events
A “Patchwork of History” quilt show was held on Saturday and Sunday in the Technology and Education Building; and also included displays by many of the county’s civic clubs and organizations.
Noted author James Alexander Thom, whose book, “Follow the River”, was the subject of the “One Book, One Community” program by the Switzerland County Public Library for the Bicentennial, was in Vevay on Tuesday to talk about his experiences writing the book and to answer questions. The Historic Hoosier Theater was full for the program.
Last weekend was a wet one, but the rains didn't dampen the spirits of those attending the first weekend of events for the Vevay Switzerland County Bicentennial - and even more events await everyone this weekend.
Activities are happening over the next four days, with everything culminating this Sunday, October 13th.
Here's a look at what's coming up:
- There will be a special program at the Historic Hoosier Theater tonight beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The Edelweiss Singers will be performing at the theater; and there will also be a special presentation by students from Switzerland County Elementary School, who will be doing portrayals of characters from Switzerland County's past.
The event is free and open to the public.
- The weekend kicks off with a "Family Fun Night" at the Paul Ogle Riverfront Park. There will be a wide range of inflatables for kids to play in and enjoy; as well as other activities.
There will be some very unique inflatables at the park, so make plans to come down.
The event will be held from 6-9 p.m., and again - it is all free to the public.
- Saturday starts a busy weekend, as the Rural Heritage Tour is held both Saturday and Sunday. The tour begins on Saturday at 10 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m.; and is being held at the Musee de Venoge, the Thiebaud Farmstead Museum, and the Garland Dairy Farm.
A special event on Saturday will be an ox roast, a former tradition in the county, which will be held at Musee de Venoge with dessert served at the Thiebaud Farmstead. There are only 200 tickets available for the ox roast, and are on sale for $11 each. Tickets are available at the Switzerland County Visitors Center or the Switzerland County Museum.
- Also on Saturday morning, a special "200 Years, 200 Deer" scavenger hunt will be held all around the county.
Teams of three or four members will start their journey at the Switzerland County YMCA at around 11 a.m. and will receive clues and challenges that will lead them on a 'great race' around the county and the town of Vevay.
There is still time to sign a team up for the event, or individuals who want to participate can sign up and be placed on a team. Contact Andrea Kappes at (513) 520-8185 to sign up or get more information.
- For Sunday's finale celebration, an effort is being made to have 200 cakes at Sunday's party to celebrate 200 years. Anyone wishing to make a cake for the party is welcome to do so, and the Switzerland County Homemakers are also have a cake contest for those who would like to have their cake judged.
Anyone wanting to have their cake judged should bring it to the Technology and Education Center on Seminary Street on Saturday at 2 p.m. Cakes will be judged; and will then be taken to the park on Sunday to be shared. All cakes should come in throw away containers.
Those wanting to make a cake, but who don't want it judged, may bring it to the Paul Ogle Riverfront Park on Sunday at noon.
- Are you a proud Trojan, Warrior, or Pacer? If so, or if you always wanted to be, Saturday night in the Paul Ogle Riverfront Park is the place to be.
An all-inclusive high school reunion event for graduates of Patriot High School, Vevay High School, or Switzerland County High School is being held around the amphitheater in the park, and it will be held from 5-9 p.m.
There will be special tents set up for 'decade' graduating classes; and there will be a hog roast, live music, and plenty of other activities. It should be noted that this is an 'adult-themed' event, and there will be no children's activities available.
The reunion will run from 5 p.m. until Midnight.
The final day of the Bicentennial Celebration gets underway at 11 a.m. with a Community Church Service featuring the congregation of Truth Apostolic Church at the amphitheater.
At noon, live music will begin on the stage in the amphitheater; and also the inflatables will open for children.
At 12:30 p.m., Belterra Casino Resort has donated 600 boxed lunches for everyone to enjoy, and there will also be free sodas and bottled water available. For those who wish to bring their own picnic lunch, you are welcome to do so.
The Little Swiss Polka Dancers, a beloved county tradition, will give a performance at 1 p.m. at the amphitheater; and they will be followed by a performance by the Edelweiss Singers.
Beginning at 2 p.m., a special ceremony will honor those who fought in the Revolutionary War who made their home eventually in Switzerland County, and a plaque will be unveiled featuring the names of those soldiers. The plaque will then be placed on permanent display in the Switzerland County Courthouse.
In the play area at 2 p.m., old fashioned games will begin, featuring egg tosses, sack races, and three-legged races. The committee is also looking for cornhole sets for the party, so anyone with one is invited to bring it down and set it up for community play.
Following the Revolutionary War program, the Bicentennial Band will play at the stage; and that will be followed by the official Bicentennial Ceremony.
Chairperson Jeni Scudder will introduce her committee; and there will also be a recognition of "Founding Funders" and other major donors to the Bicentennial programming. Local, state, and national elected officials have been invited to attend, and those in attendance will be recognized; and letters of congratulations will also be read.
At about 3:30 p.m. all of the birthday cakes will be cut for everyone to enjoy; and door prizes will be awarded; and members of the 'Brothers of the Brush' and 'Bicentennial Belles' will be acknowledged.
The day will wrap up with a special baseball exhibition game played in the open area of the park.
The Vevay White Stockings will be playing an exhibition with members of the Belle River team from Rising Sun, and the game will be played by 1869 rules, which includes an open field and no gloves.
Members of the Vevay White Stockings team include: Adam "Batman" Cole; Eric "Roscoe" Cole; Dennis "Golden" Cole; Gregg "Gogo" Goewert; Ryan "Hannibal" Jesop; Andy "Barley" Haskell; Jordan "BabyNY" Hewitt; Mike "Castanza" Jones; Matt "Moose" Levell; Ryan "Hops" Peters; James "Lefty" Richards; Devin "Scooter" Scudder; Josh "Flip" South; Joe "Sluggo" Spillman; Joe "Ears" Spoores; Tommy "Sully" Sullivan; Pete "Pub" Swango; and Tim "Tiny" Swango.
Sunday's game is an exhibition. The White Stockings official game was rained out last Sunday, and will be played on the last weekend of October at a time to be announced.