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Bluffton Sesquicentennial

Displays, lectures, celebratory events and performances on sesquicentennial slate June 24-July 2

This is the first in a series of five stories from the sesquicentennial committee that will highlight different aspects of the Bluffton Sesquicentennial.

Community Events During Bluffton Sesquicentennial Celebration: "150 Years of Progress" June 24-July 2, 2011 in Bluffton, Ohio.

Bluffton's sesquicentennial will consist of an entire week of displays, lectures, celebratory events and performances, an Indian Village and even some civil war era re-inactments.

Some of the highlight events of the Bluffton Sesquicentennial are:

SHANNON Service Club holds street fair/flea market July 1

In conjunction with the sesquicentennial, the S.H.A.N.N.O.N. Service Club of Bluffton is sponsoring a street fair/flea market on Friday, July 1, according to Duane Bollenbacher.

The event is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Church Street, between Main and Jackson.

Activities include a fishing booth, games, activities for children, and free Face-Painting. Lunch stand will be open at 11 a.m.. To reserve a vendor space for the flea market (cost is $10), contact Deb Bollenbacher at 419-358-7365.

Girl Scout journey in Bluffton: Little school house on the Black Swamp

Bluffton's Girl Scout Service Unit announces a new "Girl Scout Journey" to celebrate Bluffton's 150 year anniversity.

According to Wendy Chappell-Dick: This new troop is coming together to learn survival techniques of the early pioneers - how did they farm, wash, cook, dance, play and dress?

"We will make our own pioneer costumes and participate in several Community Sesquicentennial events- leading games and songs at a historic schoolhouse June 26 and riding in the parade July 2.

American Girl tea party at Senior Center on June 30

The Bluffton Senior Center is having an American Girl Tea Party at 2 p.m., Thursday, June 30. The theme of this year's tea is "Pioneer Girl" in conjunction with Bluffton's sesquicentennial celebration.

The tea is designed for girls eight years old and older along with their mothers and grandmothers, but everyone is welcome. An adult must accompany children under eight.

There is time for sharing, learning and we will make a craft together. Everyone wins a prize just for coming and there is a grand prize given at the end of the tea.

Seeking Girl Scout alumni for sesquicentennial events

Bluffton Service Unit 218 is looking for Girl Scout alumni who are willing to participate in Bluffton's sesquicentennial celebration by:

1. telling some stories of early troop activity on "Ladies Day" Monday June 27 at the Town Hall
2. riding on a float (chairs provided) with Girl Scouts of all ages in the Sesquicentennial Parade July 2

A special sesquicentennial troop for ages Kindergarden- third grade is also being formed to meet six times in June and learn about the adventures of the Pioneers.

Spots open in Bluffton Merchants Band

Brass and woodwind musicians of all ages are invited to join the Bluffton Merchant Band. This community ensemble will perform music from different eras in history, celebrating Bluffton's 150th Sesquicentennail. Limited numbers of instruments are available to borrow.

Rehearsals
Thursday, June 2, 7-9 pm high school band room
Thursday, June 9, 7-9 pm high school band room
Thursday, June 16, 7-9 pm high school band room
Thursday, June 23, 7-9pm high school band room

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