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Find Out How to Get Involved in the Bicentennial Celebration

November 10, 2008

[FERNDALE] – Sullivan Renaissance holds a seminar about the Sullivan County Bicentennial on Wednesday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m. at the CVIBuilding in Ferndale.  It will feature a panel discussion on ways to get involved in bicentennial activities.


Sullivan County was incorporated on March 27, 1809.  Two hundred years later, citizens will re-enact that event to kick off the birthday celebration.  Special events are planned all year with most falling into the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day.  Sullivan Renaissance is joining in the celebration with increased grants for showings of flowers and historic preservation.


“Three railroads, a canal, dozens of industries and hundreds of hotels have come and gone since SullivanCounty was formed.  In the ensuing 200 years, famous stars of sport and screen have worked and played here, and some of the nation’s most infamous and despicable gangsters have lived and died here,” said Sullivan County Historian John Conway.  “Our history is rich and colorful, and that history deserves to be examined and celebrated as we mark our bicentennial.”


Next year also marks the 40th anniversary of the Woodstock Festival; the 200th anniversary of the Towns of Bethel and Rockland; the 75th anniversary of the Callicoon Center Band; the 125th anniversary of the Fremont Memorial Day Parade; the 60th anniversary of SullivanArc; the 100th anniversary of movie making in SullivanCounty; and several more anniversaries.


A Bicentennial Steering Committee is encouraging organizations and municipalities to join in with “Bicentennial Sealed” events – and to help publicize activities in neighboring communities.  Members who will participate in the seminar panel include: Alexis Eggleton, Sullivan County Legislative Aide; Lymon Holmes, owner of Canal Towne Emporium; Glenn Pontier, Sullivan Renaissance Program Director; and Fred Stabbert, publisher of the Sullivan County Democrat.


Everyone is welcome to attend.  Refreshments will be available.  To RSVP (by December 1) and for more information, call 845-295-2445 or visit


Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.  Additional funding has been secured by NYS Senator John J. Bonacic and Assemblywoman Aileen M. Gunther.