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June 25, 2019

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Bluffton Sesquicentennial

Bluffton Sesqui String Band is still looking for members

The Bluffton Sesqui String Band was formed to help celebrate Bluffton's 150 years in the 2011 Sesquicentennial Festival this summer.

According to Wendy Chappell-Dick, this old-time music string band is learning fiddle tunes appropriate for Bluffton's Historic Costume Ball, planned for June 25. A historic string band can include guitars, mandolins, fiddles, banjos, penny whistles, flutes, recorders, bass, and possible a viola. All instruments should be played at an intermediate level.

Sesquicentennial committee meets May 12, June 2, June 9

Bluffton's sesquicentennial planning committee will meet three more times prior to the June 24-July 2 celebration, according to Bev Amstutz, chair of the committee.

Meetings are at 7 p.m. in the third floor of the town hall. Meeting dates are Thursday, May 12, June 2 and June 9.

Additional meetings scheduled will be listed here.

Bluffton-Pandora Rotary Club invites sponsorships for June 24 Freedom Fest'

The Bluffton-Pandora Rotary Club seeks sponsors for its 2011 Freedom Fest. The event will be held at the Bluffton University football stadium in conjunction with the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life on Friday evening, June 24.

The Fest' includes fun events, food, musical entertainment, game books inflatable, live duck races and similar events. A fireworks display will take place at dusk.

This year's event is held during the Bluffton Sesquicentennial celebration.

Sesquicentennial ball tickets now on sale

The tickets for the Sesquicentennial Ball are on sale at the Bluffton Centre, for $10 each. The event will take place Saturday, June 25, at 7 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m.

"Music, dance, and refreshments, and the gaily dressed will welcome your attendance," said Beverly Amstutz, chair of the sesquicentennial planning committee.

Public Library hosts Little Miss Sesquicentennial pageant

Calling all girls ages 5-10 - you could be Bluffton's Little Miss Sesquicentennial! In conjunction with the Sesquicentennial festivities to be held this year, the Bluffton Public Library is hosting a Little Miss Sesquicentennial Pageant on Thursday, June 23.

Registration begins at 6 p.m. and the pageant will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. in the Richland Room of the library.

Girls ages 5-7 are eligible to become Little Miss Junior Sesquicentennial, while ages 8-10 will compete to become Little Miss Sesquicentennial.

Sesquicentennial String Band's performs at town hall May 14

The Bluffton Sesquicentennial String Band's will perform a program titled American Fiddle Tunes at 7 p.m., Saturday May 14, in the third floor of the town hall, according to Wendy Chappell-Dick, of the village cultural affairs committee.

The concert is free and open to the public with donations accepted at the door.

"It is Bluffton's 150th Birthday and many plans are in the works to celebrate this summer. One of the events planned is a Historic Ball June 25," she said.