Posted: Friday, January 6, 2017 11:09 am
By Matthew P. Knox
SUFFIELD — The selectmen are seeking volunteers to help plan the town’s 350th anniversary observances, to be held three years from now.
Those interested are being asked to notify First Selectwoman Melissa Mack by mail, at 230-C Mountain Road, or by email at:
The 350th anniversary will be in 2020. The town was established in 1670, although it wasn’t incorporated until 1674.
Mack said she is excited to kick off a well-organized, meaningful celebration of the town’s establishment.
The main committee in charge of planning the anniversary will be the 350th Anniversary Committee, which will have nine members. It will receive support from various “subcommittees” with about five members each, which will focus on specific activities or parts of the celebration.
Mack said serving on the committees will require a substantial amount of work.
Anyone wishing to serve on one of the subcommittees is welcome to submit a letter of interest too, Mack said. She added that she also is accepting any suggestions.
The Board of Selectmen will review all submissions.
The town celebrated its 300th anniversary in 1970. The celebration consisted of a three-day event in October that included a parade, dances, athletic events, and a visit by Walter Cronkite, then the anchorman of the CBS Evening News. President Richard Nixon was invited too and was expected to attend, but a last minute conflict prevented that from happening, according to Lester Smith of the local Historical Society.