The Mechanicsburg Fire Department will kick off their All You Can Eat Fish Fry on March 8th from 5 to 7:30 pm!
Adults eat for &8 and kids 10 and under for $6.
The mean features Alaskan Pollock, baked beans with pulled pork, cole slaw, dessert and drinks. Deliveries begin at 4:30, but will only go to those within the Village limits.
Call 834-2506 to place your order, or for more information. All proceeds benefit the Mechanicsburg Fire Association!
The celebration of Mechanicsburg’s Bicentennial continued in February with a wonderful evening highlighting the Village’s African-American history, including a significant role in the Underground Railroad. Ellen Seward and Charlotte Walker led an event that featured historical items, stories and music for over 60 individuals in attendance.
As the calendar turns to March, the Bicentennial celebration’s focus turns to Mechanicsburg businesses – past and present. Please join others in the Village on Saturday, March 8 at 6:30pm at the Historic Second Baptist Church.
Only the longest of residents will remember a time when the Village had several movie theaters, a roller skating rink and multiple grocery stores. In fact, information Debbie Young previously shared in the Telegram in 2011 provided a snapshot of Mechanicsburg in 1910. A sampling of the long list includes two hardware stores, two furniture stores, seven grocery stores (!), three meat shops, one fire engine, but also one fire horse cart, and “nine or ten desolate old maids”. Mechanicsburg also has a long automotive history, carried on strongly today by Dave Kehl.
During this month’s event, you will hear stories from business owners and families about the significant shops and industries that are here today or have long since left, learn some little known and unusual facts, and a few surprises. You will also have the chance to view photos and memorabilia - including some recently uncovered business signs - that provide another glimpse into our past.
The night will begin with the Mayor’s proclamation and musical performances. It’s here that you’ll learn the truth about the origins of the song The Preacher and the Bear, and hear Mechanicsburg, Our Village, written especially for the Village Bicentennial. Stan Oliver will then share his knowledge and insight about former Burg businesses in a way only Stan can – bringing the history back to life for us all to experience! All current local businesses are encouraged to not only attend, but to share their stories, successes, history and interesting stories with the group.
For those curious and just a bit daring, Paul Kurtz will lead a tour of the Keller building and some of his interesting ‘finds’ during the renovation for Hemisphere Coffee Roasters. More details on this tour will be shared during the March 8 event.
Our Towne Mechanicsburg and the Bicentennial planning committee encourage you to make plans to attend all of the monthly events during 2014. Unless otherwise announced, each event will occur on the Second Saturday of the month. Here’s a quick overview:
April – origins, history and faith of religion in Mechanicsburg, including a tour of the 5 historic church buildings in our town. Attention singers – a community choir is currently being organized for a performance at this April Bicentennial event. If you are interested in participating and want additional details, please contact Amy Blanton at 937-631-1950 or Grace Kurtz at 614-395-6610.
May – stories from and about famous Mechanicsburg families
June – Love is in the Air – celebrate the first wedding in our town, and learn the role it played in forming the Village
July – Summer Celebration – this year’s annual event will be filled with military displays, ceremonies and traditions from the American Legion. We will also organize a community-wide American Flag display, so stay tuned for more details on this!
August 14 – Founder’s Day on the Square – a special ceremony and celebration to mark the day our Village was plotted and formally founded.
September – Celebrate Mechanicsburg’s agricultural heritage
October – Cemetery tour
November – Mechanicsburg schools will lead a celebration of our educational history
December 13 – Annual Christmas in the Village festival
As always, additional details and program highlights can be found on www.MechanicsburgOhio.org.
For questions or details, post a message on Our Towne Mechanicsburg’s Facebook page or website (above), send an email to Daniel.Eck@ey.com or text to 614-579-2120, or call 614-778-0591.
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