Brighton Bicentennial 2014 Events

Special events will recognize the town’s growth and rich history, including the Underground Railroad, Erie Canal, agriculture, education, and faiths

The Town of Brighton held its first town board meeting on April 5, 1814 in Stone’s Tavern, which is still standing today as the landmark Stone-Tolan House on East Avenue (the oldest house in Monroe County). In April the town will re-enact that historic gathering, which took place when the town had 2,860 residents. Today Brighton has a population close to 37,000.

Other special events planned for the 2014 Bicentennial include recognition of African- American history in February; an historic driving tour in May; Bicentennial Community Picnic in June at Buckland Park; Fourth of July celebration; Canal Day Celebration in August at Lock 33 and wrapping up the year with a Bicentennial Gala Reception.

January – Town Proclamation
Town Proclamation to be issued by the Brighton Town Board during the first meeting of the year at 7p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8. The proclamation will designate 2014 as the bicentennial of the town. In addition, on this day the Town Board will formally adopt the final schedule of the Brighton 200 special events.
February – Struggle Toward Freedom
In recognition of Black History Month this February, Brighton200 will present “Struggle Toward Freedom,” a celebration of local African-American heritage, featuring a special performance by Garth Fagan Dance School Ensemble.

“Struggle Toward Freedom” will take place on Sunday, February 23 at 3 p.m. at the Alumni and Advancement Center Auditorium on the University of Rochester’s Brighton campus, 300 E. River Road.  This event is free and open to the public and is being sponsored by the University of Rochester.

The program will include opening remarks by Reverend Lawrence Hargrave and presentations by guest speakers Jerry Bennett, a Brighton resident and Underground Railroad specialist, Mary Jo Lanphear, town of Brighton historian and Dr. David Anderson, Community Scholar in Residence in the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education at Nazareth College. The program will conclude with a special performance by Garth Fagan Dance School Ensemble, featuring area youth.

Brighton200: Struggle Toward Freedom The complete video of Brighton’s Bicentennial African American History Month event, featuring the Garth Fagan Youth Dance Ensemble.

April – Reenactment of the First Town Board Meeting
Historic reenactment will commemorate Brighton origins

In continuation of the yearlong Bicentennial celebration, Brighton200 will team up with Historic Brighton and the Landmark Society of Western New York this spring to recognize the earliest days of Brighton history.

On Saturday, April 5, a series of historical reenactments chronicling the first meeting of the Town of Brighton in 1814 will be held at the Stone-Tolan House Historic Site, 2370 East Avenue; the exact location where history was made 200 years ago. All ages are welcome to attend the professional reenactment, presented by Historic Brighton, which includes a Ploughman’s Lunch and tour of the Stone-Tolan House Historic Site and grounds. Check-in, luncheon and shuttle service will be at the Baptist Temple, 1101 Clover Street. This event is made possible through a unique partnership with Historic Brighton and The Landmark Society of Western New York and the support of Wegmans Food Markets.

Tickets are $12 per adult and $6 per child; space is limited and pre-registration is required by mailing a check to Historic Brighton, PO Box 18525, Rochester NY, 14618. Please include your name, number of adults and children who will attend, email address, phone number and first and second choice time slot options. Three one-hour time slots are available, choose 11:30 a.m, 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. Paid reservations will be accepted in the order they are received; checks will be returned to those unable to be accommodated. You will be notified of your assigned time slot by email. Following the reserved time slots and tours, guests without a reservation are still welcome to tour the Stone-Tolan House Historic Site.

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L to R: Timothy Ellison as Oliver Culver, the first Town Supervisor, David Dwayne Clark of Rochester as Asa Dunbar, a pioneer, T. Bohrer of Rochester as Nehemiah Hopkins, the first Brighton Town Clerk, and Gregory Ludek of Rochester as Orringh Stone. Photo credit: Kenneth Tryon

L to R: Timothy Ellison as Oliver Culver, the first Town Supervisor, David Dwayne Clark of Rochester as Asa Dunbar, a pioneer, T. Bohrer of Rochester as Nehemiah Hopkins, the first Brighton Town Clerk, and Gregory Ludek of Rochester as Orringh Stone. Photo credit: Kenneth Tryon

L to R:  T. Bohrer of Rochester as the first Brighton Town Clerk, Nehemiah Hopkins, with Daniel Aman, current Town Clerk.

L to R: T. Bohrer of Rochester as the first Brighton Town Clerk, Nehemiah Hopkins, with Daniel Aman, current Town Clerk.

May – Brighton Historic Landmark Tour

Take a ride this May with Brighton200

In continuation of the yearlong Bicentennial celebration, Brighton200 will team up with Historic Brighton and the Landmark Society of Western New York this spring to recognize the earliest days of Brighton history.

On Sunday, May 4, join Christopher Brandt and Arlene Wright Vanderlinde of Historic Brighton and Brighton Historian Mary Jo Lanphear for a narrated bus tour of historic Brighton landmarks. This event is made possible through the support of Reed Eye Associates. Tickets are $10 each; pre-registration is required by mailing a check to Historic Brighton, PO Box 18525, Rochester NY, 14618. Please include your name, email address and first and second choice time slot options. Three one-and-a-half hour time slots are available; choose 11:30 a.m-1:00 p.m., 1:30-3:00 p.m. or 3:30-5:00 p.m. You will be notified of your departure time by email.

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May – Memorial Day Event
A Memorial Day event will take place May 26, 2014 at the Veterans Memorial in Buckland Park. During the bicentennial year, this event will have special meaning as the Brighton community looks back 200 years with honor and gratitude for all Brighton residents who have served in our nation’s wars.
June – Bicentennial Community Picnic
The Bicentennial Community Picnic on Sunday, June 1, will be held in Buckland Park. Brighton Neighbors United will team up with Brighton200 to host an old-fashioned family picnic at Buckland Park, located at 1341 Westfall Rd, from 3 – 7 p.m. The Bicentennial Community Picnic will combine Brighton’s individual annual neighborhood picnics to produce the largest picnic in the town’s history, featuring live entertainment, old-fashioned games, a petting zoo and more. Bring a blanket and a picnic basket or food will be available for purchase from Tom Wahl’s Mobile Restaurant and The Kosher Concession. This event is free and open to the public.

 

A quick look into the town-wide picnic that acted as our 200th birthday celebration.

July – 4th of July Celebration
The Annual 4th of July Celebration held in Meridian Centre Park will take on a bicentennial theme. Brighton will celebrate the bicentennial year with a 4th of July celebration, featuring food, fireworks and fun for the whole family. The celebration begins at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast and the Brighton Chamber of Commerce 4th of July 5k road race, departing from Brighton High School At 2 p.m., the celebration will move to Meridian Park. After letting the kids take a spin on the amusement rides and enjoying concessions and other activities, get ready to twist and shout to the music of The Skycoasters at 8 p.m. The celebration will end with fireworks at dusk. This event is free and open to the public.
August – Canal Day Celebration
Canal Day Celebration will recognize Brighton’s rich history as a stop and lock on the Erie Canal. On Sunday, Aug. 10, starting at Lock 33, residents will enjoy a free chartered boat ride on the “SAM PATCH” as it tours the Erie Canal roundtrip from Lock 33 to approx. Lock 32. Tours will run from 10 am – 4 pm. Tours will run approx. every hour up to 4 p.m. Register at https://secure.rec1.com/NY/Town-Brighton-Parks-Recreation/reg.php or by calling 784-5260.

Canal Day Aug 10 2014 Poster_JCCFINAL2

September – Old Brighton Village Day

September – Brighton Homecoming
Brighton Homecoming 2014 will be presented by the Brighton Central School District, with the Town of Brighton and the Brighton Chamber of Commerce as partners. Featured will be a parade, food vendors, and live entertainment, centered around the 12 Corners Memorial Park.
October – Bicentennial Reception
The Bicentennial Reception will be one of the highlights of the yearlong celebration that will include outstanding entertainment and delectable food and beverages.
Don’t miss the Town of Brighton 2014 Bicentennial Celebration! Enjoy “Tastings Through Time”, October 18, 2014, 6-9pm at The Country Club of Rochester. Enjoy an evening of delicious dishes representing 200 years of our History prepared for you by the world class culinary staff at The Country Club of Rochester. You will graze through an abundance array of delectable foods representative of different eras, starting with colonial times to present day, as well as some recognizable favorites reminiscent of Brighton restaurants from bygone days.
November – Veterans day Celebration
The annual Veterans Day recognition will take place Nov. 11, 2014 at the Veterans Memorial in Buckland Park. During the bicentennial year the event will have special meaning as the Brighton community looks back 200 years with honor and gratitude for all Brighton residents who have served in our nation’s wars.

Other events being planned:

Many of the regularly scheduled yearly Town events will take on a Bicentennial theme and other events are still being planned (dates not yet determined), such as a Walking Tour of the Historic Stone-Tolan Neighborhood to be hosted by The Landmark Society of Western New York.

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