History and future

March 18th, 2016 by Ken

At its work session Thursday night, the Lacey City Council received an update on its 50th birthday celebration starting this year.   Chair of the birthday committee Howard Burton, told the council that the committee had been meeting regularly and had divided into several sub-committees, each engaged in a different phase.   He said the historical sub-committee had been active and working, and had submitted several stories for publication including for ThurstonTalk.

City staff member Mary Coppin told the council that the celebration centered around four major events.   The city’s celebration will kick off on July 3 this year with an expanded Fireworks display.   It’s new location will be Rainier Vista Park and will be a day long celebration.   The December tree-lighting will also be expanded to include a car-lighted parade with other events and activities.   Next summer, a Mayor’s Gala will be held.  Actual activities surround the event are still being worked out.    The celebration will end on July 8, 2017 with the Barbecue Fest.

Other community groups are encouraged to make the city’s 50th birthday part of their celebration.

Lacey Museum Curator Erin Quinn Valcho is working on several activities including a speaker’s bureau to visit local groups and organizations to explain the city’s 50-year history.

Following the presentation, the council set the agenda for its upcoming council retreat and opted to spend some time talking about the next 50 years of Lacey.

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