The city of Medina was only going to get one chance at throwing a bicentennial celebration.
It wanted to do it up right, and from the response from the community, that’s exactly what happened during its yearlong 200th birthday party.
Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell picked the original group to head the project. Soon, Roger Smalley emerged as the chairman of the committee.
Almost 70 events were on the docket, capped off by the 200th birthday party on Dec. 5 at United Church of Christ, Congregational, 217 E. Liberty St. More than 200 people attended the celebration.
It ended with the people forming “200” on Public Square and a city employee being lifted about 60 feet in the air to capture the moment in a photograph.
It was a special moment, one that city residents would savor years in the future.
Smalley, a former Medina councilman and Brunswick educator, said planning so much fun was a one-time deal for him.
“I told the mayor, I’m not doing the next one,” he joked about the city of Medina’s 250-year anniversary celebration in 2068.
Among the events of the year were the Spring Grove Encampment, put on by the Friends of the Cemetery, Rockin’ the Park and Pool Celebration, homecoming week, a visit by NASA and the family picnic in the park.
Hanwell said he’s thankful and appreciative of the work Smalley and the entire committee has done.
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