PITTSFIELD — Pittsfield will observe June 19th, 2019, as the 200th anniversary of the town’s incorporation as Warsaw, Massachusetts. The town’s celebration is one of four in 2019. Maine will celebrate its Bicentennial next year.
The Pittsfield Bicentennial Celebration Committee, a town-created and funded committee, has been at work for nearly two years. The current Executive Committee consists of Jan Laux, chairman; Howard Margolskee, Pittsfield Town Council liaison; Jane Woodruff, volunteer, author and former mayor; Barbara Denaro, volunteer and graphic artist; and Michael LeBlanc, volunteer and public relations contact.
The town formally began its celebration at the town’s fourth annual tree lighting ceremony in December 2018 with a presentation of the Time Capsule sealed during the 175th Celebration in 1969. The celebration will close at the 2019 tree lighting.
For the Bicentennial, Jane Woodruff has published a book titled “Pittsfield Then and N
ow,” which is available through Amazon. Bicentennial license plates are available and state-authorized for use this year. Also available is a growing list of celebration memorabilia.
A current list of events can be found at www.pittsfield.org, under the Bicentennial 2019 button, or on Facebook at Town of Pittsfield Maine Bicentennial. The events are being managed as individual projects with a designated manager being responsible for each. Additional events likely will be added.
The first several Bicentennial events were pre-existing annual town events with committees separate from the Bicentennial Committee. Those were the Tree Lighting/Bicentennial Kickoff, A Valentines Dinner Dance and the PinnacleFest. The Bicentennial Committee provided additional advertising.
The first Bicentennial Committee-originated event will be the Bicentennial Art Show to be held April 26-28. This is being co-managed by members of the ARTS Club of Pittsfield and the Valley Arts Alliance and will include participation by Pittsfield schools, including MCI.
The committee’s flagship project is the creation of a Hand-Carry Boat Launch being constructed on the Mill Pond at Fendler Park. Pittsfield’s Kleinschmidt Associates has contributed the design and permitting. During the week of June 19, several activities are planned involving the boat launch.
The day of the Bicentennial will open with a town breakfast hosted by Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital. Tim Sample will be Master of Ceremonies for the afternoon and evening festivities.
The annual Egg Festival will be the venue for several other Bicentennial Committee-created activities such as a Pittsfield Historical Tour.
The committee occupies a storefront on Main Street as Bicentennial Headquarters, with limited hours.