|Photos courtesy of the Pickerington-Violet Twp. Historical Society|
|Pickerington train depot and flouring mill around 1915.|
|A bird’s eye view of early 20th century Pickerington looking west from the second floor of Heritage Elementary School.|
Plans are in full swing for the historic Feb. 13 Violet Township trustee meeting to be held at the Pickerington High School Central Performing Arts Center beginning with a reception at 6:30 p.m. and program from 7:30-9 p.m.
The opening ceremony for Violet Township’s year long bicentennial celebration will be narrated by Sunny95 Radio personality, Clark Donley and Pickerington resident John Hammond. It will be a historic presentation including members of the drama, vocal and instrumental departments of both Pickerington high schools Central and North.
Included in the program will be presentations by dignitaries, and the unveiling of the bicentennial quilt, which has been sewn by quilters from throughout the community during the past year.
A Violet Township historical skit will be performed by students from Pickerington High School North. The skit will portray the history of Violet Township since 1808. Subjects of the skit will include agriculture and commerce in the township; the Pickerington Schools; and early 20th century progression. Special appearances will be made by 1860s Governor William Dennison (portrayed by Bob Davis) speaking about the railroads; David Meyer, speaking about the canal system, and President Abraham Lincoln (portrayed by John Cooper) discussing the Civil War.
Wrapping up the evening will be the premier performance of "The Violet Township Song," written by Mike Sewell, instrumental director of Pickerington High School Central and by John Long, vocal music director of Pickerington High School Central.
The public is encouraged to attend this free event.
Upcoming bicentennial events
Events continuing throughout the 2008 will be:
•Pedal in the Park on May 18;
•A 5K run/walk, historic walk and kids runs on June 7, the same day as the 100th Annual Pickerington High School Alumni Banquet;
•A quilt show will be held on June 21 & 22 at Lakeview Jr. High School;
•Heritage Days on July 5 & 6 in Victory Park;
•Garden contest judging July 16-23;
•The Rocking Chair Marathon at Victory Park on July 23-26, will attempt to break the Guinness World Record and will be held in conjunction with the Violet Festival;
•Kids bike rodeo sponsored by DARE will be held on Aug. 16;
•Art contest will be part of this year’s Arts Festival;
•The Bicentennial Celebration will be the theme of the Pickerington Lions Club’s 60th Annual Labor Day Homecoming Parade and Fish Fry;
•Another attempt to break the world record for attendance, will be made at the community picnic to be held on Sept. 7.
•Wrapping up the year-long celebration will be the bicentennial finale on Nov. 15.
For information go to www.violetbicentennial.com, or contact the Violet Township Bicentennial at (614) 382-5989.