CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. — In honor of the village and fire department turning 150, Cambridge will kick off a series of celebrations on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. to commemorate the history of the area.
A tree planting, a season long scavenger hunt, and the 1866 flag raising event will occur at Memorial Park on April 16 with support and donations from the American Legion Captain Maxon Post #634 as well as a commemorative coin will be presented by the Historical Society.
Mayor Carman Bogle, who took reign last April, said that planning for the season's celebrations started at the new year. Even though she was born in Bennington, Bogle adores much of the village and felt welcome when taking on her new position.
"It's the people. It's the community," she said. "There's just something different here, everyone tries to be there for one another. The historic picturesque homes and the school is fabulous. It's a great place to raise a family."
In May, a banner will be presented that was crafted by three to fifth graders in conjunction with Hubbard Hall. A contest was held for the students to create artwork during a three week period, in which Hubbard Hall turned into a banner that will hang along Main St. At this time, annual flower planting will occur.
The next month, the volunteer fire department will host a fundraiser in hopes to get a new facility. A sesquicentennial painting will be presented by Dan Turcotte and raffled off to piggyback off of the annual balloon festival. The Lions Club will also put on a car show during the month.
"We knew the kick off would be in April, but that the weather would be hit or miss," she explained. "We wanted a block party on Main street in front of Hubbard Hall, but knew it wouldn't be nice enough in April".
To sum up the season, a historical-themed float parade, sponsored by the fire department, will take off on July 16th. Over 100 fire departments are invited to participate in a muster competition that day followed by a block party and picnic on Main St. and an evening street dance and fireworks to close the night.
"There's six members on the committee. People from various groups that pop in and suggest things like the chamber and Historical Society," she said. "We've been meeting every month and we'll have another meeting about July. It's going to be a fun festive time for the village and good to highlight some of the great stuff small communities have."
For more information visit cambridgeny.gov or find the Village of Cambridge on Facebook.
—Makayla-Courtney McGeeney can be reached at (802)-447-7567, ext. 118.