HAGUE The town of Hague will be celebrating its bicentennial Aug. 17-19.
A great deal of excitement and interest is brewing Holly de Buys, head of the bicentennial committee, said.
Registration for the reunion will take place from 1-9 p.m. on Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon, 3 - 5:30 p.m. on Friday at the Community Center.
Fridays events include the reunion breakfast, held from 8:30-10 a.m. in the town park. The Antique Car Display will follow from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Hague Central School reunion luncheon will take place in the park from noon to 3 p.m.
Children can enjoy rides and historical games in the park between noon and 6 p.m. Finally, the Hague Jazz Quartet and the Community Band will perform from 5-7 p.m. to finish the first evening of the bicentennial celebration.
Tickets for the Steamer Mohican can be purchased for the cruise from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Saturdays events include a second reunion breakfast, held from 8:30-10 a.m. in the town park. An antique boat exhibit will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Hague bicentennial parade will be at 2 p.m.
The chicken barbecue in the town park will take place from 5-8 p.m. and cost $10 for salad, homemade bread, potato salad, corn on the cob, a drink, barbecued chicken and homemade strawberry shortcake.
Rick Bolton will perform in the park from 6 p.m. on Saturday, followed by the bicentennial fireworks display.
The Hague Historical Museum will be open on Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with its Heres Hague exhibit.
On Sunday the Celebratory and Remembrance Service will be held in the town park from 8:45 to 9:30 a.m. Brunch will follow from 9:30-11 a.m. and will cost $7 for sausage, egg and cheese strata, French toast casserole, homemade sour cream coffee cake, assorted muffins, fresh fruit and refreshments.
The bicentennial weekend will conclude with a Recognition and Time Capsule Ceremony at 11 a.m.
The community is rich in history and many families have links to the original land owners of Hague. For the seasonal families, many have seen five and six generations living in the very homes their ancestors purchased, de Buys explained.
The bicentennial committee members are expecting between 1,000 and 1,500 people to attend the events.
The reunion sub-committee has formed the Hague Central Alumni Association, open to all former-students teachers and friends of the Hague Central School. The association has a database of 400 former students and hopes the reunion attendance will approach 200.
By creating an alumni association the friends of Hague Central School, whether student, teachers, staff member or interested citizen, can help keep alive the memory of Hague Central School, explained Judy Stock, vice chairwoman of the bicentennial committee.
The first bicentennial committee meeting was held in 2003, and planning for specific bicentennial events has been going on for over 18 months.
The historical sub-committee renovated the Clifton F West Memorial Room, which opened in May of this year. The committee also enlisted the help of some area young people prepare the time capsule, which will be opened in 50 years.
Along with the bicentennial committee and its sub-committees, the milestone event will be put on with help from the town staff, the Hague Historical Society, the Hague Fish & Game Club, The Hague Chronicle and the Chamber of Commerce.
The merchandise committee will sell bicentennial sweatshirts, t-shirts, polo shirts, mugs, souvenir coins and pens.
Public parking will be available in the private lot across from the town park and in the two town lots on Route 8. Car pools are encouraged.
For meal tickets and further information, call the Hague town hall at 543-6161.