ADDISON - The Lake Champlain Bridge Community (LCBC), the grassroots group responsible for planning the Grand Reopening Celebration, has chosen the weekend of Oct. 15-16 as the dates for the celebration.
The Lake Champlain Bridge is scheduled to reopen on Sunday, Oct. 9, according to Vermont and New York transportation officials. In the event the bridge does not open as planned, celebration events will be postponed until the spring of 2012.
Launched in early April, the official website for the celebration provides information on proposed events, the latest news on celebration activities and how to become involved. Many events are planned for the two-day celebration, including a grand parade that is reminiscent of the parade held in 1929 during the opening festivities for the "original" bridge. The website can be found at: www.champlainbridgecommunity.org.
The LCBC is inviting people who were present at the 1929 celebration to participate as grand marshals, riding in circa 1929 vehicles, many of which will be provided by the Automobile Enthusiasts of Vermont. In keeping with the spirit of the first bridge's opening celebration, there will be a boat flotilla, organized by the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum and in cooperation with Canal Corps. It is hoped that the schooner "Lois McClure" will be available for tours.
Also on tap are bicycle tours of nearby historic sites and areas surrounding the bridge, a 5K footrace, a Saturday night street dance and concert, and an ecumenical service on the bridge at dawn on Sunday. Also on Sunday there are plans for a farmers' market and a car show featuring vintage vehicles. The LCBC is inviting performers (many of them locally-based)-musical, dance, speakers, and re-enactors-to entertain throughout the weekend, and there will also be opportunities for local food and craft vendors to participate. To close the weekend celebration, the LCBC is planning a spectacular fireworks display over the lake.
The LCBC welcomes anyone interested in participating in the celebration. There are many ways to be involved, whether as a volunteer, sponsor, vendor, performer, or parade participant (the LCBC is encouraging towns, schools, and organizations to enter floats), and a committee has been set up to develop ways area students can become involved. The LCBC is encouraging anyone interested in participating to go to www.champlainbridgecommunity.org for further details and contact information, or call 802-759-2000.
All funding to promote and host the celebration events will be raised from corporate and private donations. No public monies from the states of Vermont or New York are being made available. If you're interested in donating or sponsoring an event, email LCBC at email@example.com.
An official program will be published by the Addison Independent, with a portion of the proceeds going to LCBC to help fund the celebration. For details on advertising in the guide, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Lake Champlain Bridge Community
Members of the Lake Champlain Bridge Community include area residents, representatives from local business, historical sites, local governments, and chambers of commerce. The Community can be found on the Web at www.champlainbridgecommunity.org.