The Westport Bicentennial celebration will be held during the Fourth of July weekend in 2015.
Westport is getting set for a party 200 years in the making.
The Westport Bicentennial Committee is already at work, making preparations for the festivities that will take place during Fourth of July weekend 2015.
“We want people to start thinking about their class reunions and family reunions and get-togethers and try to make them part of that weekend,” Medara Sherman Kurth said.
“We want people to know that this is the date, and everyone can start planning for it,” said Town Clerk Sheila Borden, who said the festivities would take place on Friday-Sunday, July 3-5.
The committee wants to focus on the history of the town over the past two centuries and wants people who have artifacts or collections of Westport history to come forward.
“We are looking to depict the history of this town over the past 200 years,” Borden said. “We are not looking to take any originals from people but to get copies of them for display. We are looking for any pieces of history as well as a postcard history. We are also looking to produce a book of town history which would be published and on sale starting during the bicentennial.”
Borden said all copies would then be archived at the town hall.
“If there are people who have things they would like to share but need us to come to them, then we will do that,” Kurth said.
Along with planning for the celebration, the committee is also looking at ways to work with a beautification-type committee to help with preparations.
“With the bicentennial coming up, that is the perfect reason for people to come together to help spruce up our town,” Chris Maron said. “It’s something that people can get involved in now and then also have it carry on beyond the date of the festival.”
In planning for the event, Kurth and Borden said they hope to continue to bring a more traditional “Westport Fourth” back to the community.
“We want to go back to what people did on the Fourth of July before the electronic age,” Kurth said.
As part of the planning for the festivities, the Bicentennial Committee is holding a contest for the creation of a Westport bicentennial logo.
“We are looking for creative people who would want to submit creative graphics and artwork that would represent the last 200 years that can be used as a logo to be placed on merchandise and promotional materials,” Borden said.
Those interested in participating in the contest or joining the bicentennial committee can call Borden at the town hall at 962-8360.
Those interested can also attend the next Bicentennial Committee meeting, scheduled for Sept. 24 at the town hall.