Bicentennial kick off a success


On Feb. 13 at the Performing Arts Center of Pickerington High School Central, nearly 700 people shared in a memorable evening of history and entertainment.  

On behalf of the Violet Township Trustees and Bicentennial Celebration Commission, I want to express appreciation to all of those Bicentennial Committee members who, through their hard work and dedication, helped to make the evening a truly momentous occasion. A special thank you to those who made it possible to hold this event in the Pickerington Central auditorium: Eric Womack, Rick Knapp and the Pickerington Central theater production students who helped with the staging and production of the performance; Margaret Lawson and the students of the Theater Department of Pickerington High School North; to Mr. Sewell and the Wind and Percussion Band and to Mr. Long and the chorale both from Pickerington High School Central. Thank you to Mr. Lanam and the Jazz Band from Pickerington High School North for providing music for the reception prior to the program; and to Judy Riley and the food service staff at Pickerington Central for their catering   

Thank you to Angela Frehault and Judy Willoughby from the Pickerington Post Office for volunteering to provide the first of four special postmark cancellation stamps and for hand canceling our commemorative postcards.

We were honored to have the National Anthem sung by Seth Foley, a graduate of Pickerington Central and a decorated veteran of the Iraq War. A special thank you also to the David Johnson Memorial Post #283 American Legion who presented the flag.

We were especially pleased to have so many dignitaries present to bring greetings and proclamations.  We were very fortunate to have Clark Donley from Sunny 95 and John Hammond as narrators, David Meyer and wonderful character actors John Cooper and Bob Davis who shared their talents. Thanks for attending, to the many former Violet Township trustees and clerks who helped build our community.

Last but not least a very special thank you to the 23 ladies that worked diligently for 11 months to create the Violet Township Bicentennial quilt. It is a masterpiece work of art.

The evening was filled with the spirit of the Violet Township community, an appreciation of our past and optimism toward our future. The participation of both of our high schools, township, city, and school officials, and people throughout the entire community made it a truly wonderful opening to our year-long celebration.

We look forward to the remaining bicentennial celebration events, which will be held throughout 2008 and we invite the community to continue to join in the celebration. For information call 614-382-5989 or go to

Terry Dunlap, chairman
Violet Township
Bicentennial Celebration Commission

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