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250th Anniverary Committee Minutes 11/12/12
Becket 250th Committee

Meeting Minutes

November 12, 2012

I.      Call to order

Rita Furlong called to order the first meeting of the Becket 250th Committee at 6:00 P.M. on November 12, 2012 in Becket Town Hall.

II.      Roll call

The following people were present: Rita Furlong, Sandi Jarvis
III.      Open issues

a)      Discussed members of the committee who have agreed to serve; email addresses to send minutes/notices, town officials who need a copy of minutes

b)      Discussed getting more people to serve on the committee; newspaper articles, send notice through students attending Becket Washington School

c)      Discussed/Brainstormed ideas to celebrate Becket’s 250th ; newspaper clippings from local town celebrations (Rita),e-mails from committee:members(Paul Campbell, Bruce Garlow), computer list (Sandi)

1.      Camps-How can they help-facilities, catering, parking

2.      Historical-Maps; Town History-Update, businesses, schools, farms, people, period costumes, buildings, tours; Photos; Written histories-published, oral histories

3.      Historic Commission/Becket Athenaeum treasures exhibits

4.      Previous town anniversary celebrations-successes; presentation on Parade Grounds for 200th Celebration, Berkshire Art Center commissioned play in 1980’s-can these be reenacted for the 250th?

5.      Art Show-Becket Art Center, photo gallery

6.      Car Show-old cars, new cars, farm machinery, ATV’s

7.      Concert-local talent: Praise Team, Bobby Sweet, Guthrie’s; Karaoke, Music through the years;

8.      Play/theater - Berkshire Playwright, production by school children/town residents;

9.      Dance-Square, line, Gala Ball, Jacob’s Pillow-dance piece

10.  Parade-combine with present Memorial Day parade? Can the town support 2 separate parades close together (June 21, 1765)? Drum corp. floats, bands, State/County/Local officials; neighboring towns

11.  Children activities-decorated bikes, baby strollers, field day, face painting, bouncy house, homemade instruments

12.  Picnic/BBQ/Pancake Breakfast/Spaghetti Supper, clambake/lobster; birthday cake

13.  School connections-student projects: writing, stories, art, music; presently Grades 3-5 at BWS study Becket Quarry/tour

14.  Honorees-Veterans, town employees, volunteers, oldest citizen

15.  Souvenirs-tee shirts, sweatshirts, town flags, post cards, bumper stickers, mugs, water bottles, Frisbee, stationary

16.  Cookbook-bake off; Farmer’s Market

17.  Churches, special services, social societies

18.  Becket Quarry, parks, cemeteries tours, summer camps, Dream Away, town businesses

19.  Home/Farm/Garden tour

20.  Hikes/bike race/road race-Appalachian Trail

21.  Fireworks/Bonfire/Luminaries

22.  Exhibits-chainsaw, wood/log cutting safety, wood carving, home building; Colonial/Civil War Encampments

23.  Contests-photo, beard growing, Town song/Rap, pie eating contest

24.  Tree planting(s) on Parade Grounds-American Elm; which trees were native to Becket that may have been lost presently? Chestnut?

IV.      New business

a)      Review ideas previously presented

b)      Bring additional ideas to add to the discussion

c)      Approve a regular meeting date and time

d)     Work on Article for Town Meeting seeking funding for the 250th Committee

e)      Recipients of these minutes please email Rita ( or Sandi ( if you are not interested in serving on this committee or if you know of other potential members

f)       Approve minutes

V.      Next Meeting

Monday December 10, 2012

Becket Room, Town Hall 4 P.M.

VI.      Adjournment

Rita Furlong adjourned the meeting at 8:00 P.M.

Minutes submitted by: Sandi Jarvis