The Madison Bicentennial has come and gone and
from all accounts was considered a huge success so much so that
many first-time events may become annual events in the future, said committee
chairwoman Jan Vetrhus.
I feel really good about the fact we accomplished our goal of providing
something for everyone. We saw people of all ages and generations and
economic classes participating in the events. It was really great to see,
Vetrhus said the committee members learned that the city needs more evening
events and that through this experience, some Bicentennial events may
live on into the future. For example, Madisons first Lighted Boat
Parade was held for a second time on Sunday, June 28, as part of the Madison
Regatta Festival. That event included an afternoon and evening of live
music at the Regatta Judges Stand on the Ohio River.
Other Bicentennial events that may return are the Film Festival at the
Ohio Theatre, the Madisons Got Talent contest, the Antique Fire
Truck Muster and art-related events such as the mosaic project as part
of the monthly Art Jam. The Madison Main Street Program started Art Jam
last year. It features art and live music on Main Street and is generally
held on the last Friday of each month.
The Main Street Program board also is considering holding the Block Party
on Main Street each year as a kickoff to its summer concert series, Music
in the Park, Vetrhus said. The Block Party, held Friday, June 12, drew
one of the largest festival crowds ever assembled in Madison.
Meantime, many Bicentennial events continue throughout the rest of this
year. The mosaic being created on a wall at the riverfront continues with
Mosaic Mondays. Artist Tiffany Black, who heads this project,
invites the public to help build this mosaic from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. every
Monday. The mosaic design is based on a sketch by the late Trimble County,
Ky., artist Harlan Hubbard.
The Bicentennial characters will continue to appear at various events
and are scheduled to ride in the Madison Regatta Parade aboard the Madison
Trolley. They will continue to do school programs this fall when school
resumes, she said.
Marilyn McQueen led the project called Living Stories, in
which local residents are invited to be videotaped talking about their
memories or stories about Madison. These videotapings will continue throughout
Finally, the original musical Rivertown, will be presented
over two weekends by high school students in October at the Madison Consolidated
High School Auditorium.
At the end of the year, the committee plans to photograph all the babies
born in 2009. This will likely take place at the Ohio Theatre, Vetrhus
said, although final plans for this have not been set.
During the nine-day Bicentennial week, people were encouraged to sign
the guest register to be eligible for a prize drawing. Vetrhus reported
that more than 800 people signed the register at the various hospitality
sites around town, although many more people attended the events. From
the 800 or so people who signed, about half were from out of town,
she said. In all 15 states were represented.
A photo journal book of the Bicentennial is being published by RoundAbout
Madison and is expected to be available by Aug. 1. The 104-page, softcover,
four-color, book retails for $19.95. A book signing is scheduled with
RoundAbout Madison publisher Don Ward from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, July
31, at Village Lights Bookstore, 110 W. Main St., Madison. The book will
be available for sale at various locations around town, including the
RoundAbout Madison office at 314 Jefferson St.
Don Ward is the editor, publisher and owner of RoundAbout.
Call him at (812) 273-2259 or email him at: Don@RoundAboutMadison.com.