Williamsburg ramping up plans for 250th celebration

Staff Writer
Published: 9/26/2021 8:30:00 PM

WILLIAMSBURG – Plans are in motion for Williamsburg’s 250th anniversary celebration next year, although the exact shape of it is still up in the air.

At Thursday’s Select Board Meeting, 250th Anniversary Committee member Dan Nye said that there are a number of open positions on the committee that need to be filled and he does have a list of some interested people. The 250th anniversary celebration was scheduled to take place in 2021, but was pushed back because of COVID-19 concerns.

Nye asked Select Board members for their thoughts on what they’d like to see for a celebration.

“We can do the full thing, or we can scale it back,” he said.

Nye also said that he hasn’t heard anything in regards to outbreaks of COVID-19 from locals fairs.

“I would think plan ahead with essentially the same events, somewhat fundraising dependent,” he said.

He also said that events could be taken off or modified if needed.

Select Board Chairman David Mathers said that a parade is the main thing he would think people would want to see, and Nye said that securing bands is a major part of a parade.

Eleanor Warnock, the administrative assistant to the Select Board, said that she’s heard a lot of interest from people in scaling down the event.

“We’ll see what people are really up for,” she said.

Nye said that he intends to get a full committee back together within the next week and hopes people will be on the same page once the group convenes.

While some people have expressed interest in serving on the committee, Nye said it will be important for future committee members to commit to specific roles, specifically a parade vice chair, an events vice chair and a fundraising vice chair. Currently, the committee has three members, with one member not intending on staying on the committee at this time.

“We’re just currently in a rebuilding process,” Nye said.

As for the celebration dates, Nye said the original plan involves a day of events in Haydenville on July 4 weekend and a three-day celebration around the third weekend of July in Williamsburg center.

Bera Dunau can be reached at bdunau@gazettenet.com.

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