Carmichaels ready to celebrate its 250th anniversary

February 16, 2017
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Bill Groves, chairman of the Carmichaels Sestercentennial Committee, stands between Greene County commissioners Dave Coder, left, and Archie Trader after he announced the schedule Thursday for the Carmichaels 250th Birthday Celebration this summer. Order a Print
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The biggest party of the year in Greene County will be over four summer days in Carmichaels.

The community is celebrating its 250th anniversary June 29 through July 2 as it remembers its history and looks toward the future.

For Bill Groves, a Cumberland Township supervisor and chairman of the Carmichaels Sestercentennial Committee putting together the four-day event, it’s a party locals and tourists alike won’t want to miss.

“We’re only in existence for this one event one time,” Groves told the Greene County commissioners Thursday morning.

Well, this wouldn’t be the first celebration for Groves.

“I guess they call it sestercentennial,” Groves said. “I was here for the bicentennial, but I don’t think I’ll make it to the tricentennial. Two out of three ain’t bad.”

The commissioners gave the committee $3,000 as it puts together the finishing touches on the Carmichaels 250th Birthday Celebration. Groves said the events will offer something for everybody, from dinner and music to reenactments and old-time baseball to a street festival and car show.

“Instead of going on summer vacation,” Greene County Commissioner Dave Coder said, “it looks like you should stay in Carmichaels.”

The festivities begin Thursday, June 29 at the Carmichaels Senior Center with the American Legion Post 400 band kicking off the celebration with a concert at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and a trivia contest.

“We’re going to get some teams together,” Groves said. “It’s all trivia about Carmichaels.”

The next day, June 30, will offer driving tours of the area to show people what houses in the community may have looked like during the town’s founding by settlers in 1767, compared to current houses today. A car cruise at Wana B Park from 4 to 8 p.m. will allow car enthusiasts to bring their classics without paying a registration fee, Groves said, and prizes will be awarded for the nicest vehicle of each decade.

A golf outing at Carmichaels Golf Course will be held the morning of July 1 and there will be Civil War and fur-trapping reenactments, along with Native American-made pottery demonstrations at Wana B Park throughout the day Saturday.

Also during the day, the Carmichaels Town Square will be the hub for a street festival beginning at 9 a.m. that will include events, food and vendors, along with musical acts in the afternoon. Also, there will be antique train displays, a petting zoo, along with horse and buggy rides at the Greene Academy.

The final day of the festival July 2 will begin with a Sunday morning “old time church service” at Wana B Park with the Rev. Harold Kelley and music by Heaven Bound Ministries at 10:30. Those attending are asked to bring a chair with them.

Continuing with the historic theme, there will also be an old-timer baseball double header played by teams in old-school uniforms and using rules from baseball’s inception in the 19th century.

Meanwhile, the street festival in the borough and activities at Greene Academy will continue that day until the celebration concludes about 5 p.m.

Groves said shuttle buses will be making rounds to transport people, and food and crafts will be available at all three locations.

More information about the festival and events can be found on Facebook by searching for the “Carmichaels 250th Birthday Celebration” page.

Mike Jones has been a news reporter since 2005, covering crime, state and municipal government, education and energy. In addition to working at the Observer-Reporter, he also has spent time at the Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail and Patch.com. He holds a journalism degree from West Virginia University.

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