The Town of Eden kick off bicentennial celebrations with fireworks Jan. 1, 2012

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On Jan. 1, 2012 the Town of Eden will kick off their 200th anniversary celebration with a fireworks display.

The event is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. at the Eden America Newell-Faulkner Post 880 on Legion Drive with chili, beverages, and dessert, free to Town of Eden residents. Please bring non-perishable food donations for Eden-North Collins Food Bank and the WNY Food Pantry.

At 6 p.m., there will be a swearing-in ceremony for the newly elected and re-elected Eden Town Board members. A fireworks display will follow, beginning at 7 p.m.

Other events scheduled so far for the year are:

• March 24 there will be a program and party to commemorate the signing of the town’s charter.

• May 19 the War of 1812 comes to Eden as a living history encampment at the Asa Warren House. Members of the Boy Scouts of America Venture Crew will be participating.

• In May or June a Tug-of-War is to be scheduled between the Eden and Hamburg town officials. Both towns are celebrating its bicentennial birthday.

• July 18-22 the Vietnam Traveling Wall will be at the Eden America Newell-Faulkner Post 880 on Legion Drive.

• July 27-29 the Alumni Weekend has expanded activities to include the community at large with historical and cemetery tours.

• Aug. 2-5 is the Eden Corn Festival. The Bicentennial theme will be incorporated into many of the floats and activities.

• Sept. 21-23 is Heritage Days. This will be a celebration of times past in Eden. Activities will include old-fashioned baseball games, a picnic, antique tractors, a quilt show, historical displays, and demonstrations.

• Dec. 2, there will be an ecumenical service and celebration to close out the year.

This is a tentative schedule and is subject to change, according to the Eden NY Bicentennial Celebration 2012 website

Members of the community are being encouraged to get involved and volunteers interested in helping the Bicentennial Committee can call Sue Minekime, co-chair of the Bicentennial Steering Committee and Town of Eden co-historian at 992-3146.

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