It’s here! The long awaited kick-off celebration of Newburg’s 160th Anniversary celebration gets underway this Saturday!
I’ve talked a lot about our celebration, and rightly so, I’m excited! Newburg has been home to me for the past 31 years and I couldn’t be more excited to share in its big day. It isn’t every day that we can celebrate something turning 160 years old!
The celebration kicks off with a pancake breakfast at the Old Firehouse from 8-11 a.m. Fluffy pancakes, homemade sausage, scrambled eggs and delicious Amish doughnuts will be served up fresh and hot. The Cumberland County Dairy Maid Krista Cohick will be on hand serving fresh chocolate and white milk to those in attendance.
Attendees at the breakfast will also have the opportunity to see three handcrafted items that are being made for this special celebration. These items will be created using the wood from the Ramps Bridge that is currently being refurbished. We have been given permission to use the old wood from the historic bridge as part of our celebration. These unique wooden commemorative anniversary pieces are being crafted locally by Newburg artisans and will be for sale. Orders for these special anniversary items will be taken at the breakfast Saturday, and throughout the year as we celebrate Newburg’s 160th Anniversary.
Breakfast will be followed by the burying of a time capsule at 1 p.m. on the Village Green. Our mayor, Melissa Negley, will deliver a short speech about the town’s history before the capsule is buried. Afterwards the I.O.O.F. Lodge Hall will be open from 1-4 p.m. for those who wish to get a first-hand look at the town’s history through photos, stories and historical items. Saturday’s open house is the first in a series of open houses taking place at the lodge. Each open house will feature information about the town in its early days before being incorporated into a borough in 1861, as well as information and photos leading up to and including the 100- and 150-year anniversaries of the town. Each open house will highlight a different theme and include photos and items related to the town during that time period.
Following the events of this weekend, additional events will also take place to help commemorate this special milestone in the town’s history. Saturday, May 1, has been deemed Community Day in the borough, and will feature yard sales and special activities throughout the town. Anyone living in the Borough of Newburg and Hopewell Township is encouraged to participate in the yard sales, hosting individual or family events. We would love to see the streets lined with people selling their wares and getting to know one another. In addition, NHVFD will have homemade soup and hoagies available at the Old Firehouse, as well as other individuals selling homemade goodies.
Newburg United Methodist Church’s Clothing Center will reopen its doors May 1, as well, so come on out and grab some bargains, fill up a bag or two of clothing at the clothing center and have a good time seeing old friends and making new ones!
Newburg Memorial Day Weekend is fast approaching as well, and there will be a parade this year! To help kick off this special weekend, The Nostalgic Newburg 160 Committee will host an Ice Cream Social on Friday evening, May 21 on the Green. Live music and sweet ice cream will be available from 5-8 p.m. On Saturday, May 22, the committee will host a Chicken BBQ featuring Kelso’s Kickin’ Chicken. This event will be held at Hopewell Township Park as a drive thru event. All items included with the dinners will be homemade, so don’t miss this awesome event!
Rounding out the festivities of this special weekend will be the annual Memorial Day worship service on the Green beginning at 10:45, followed at 1:15 p.m. by the cemetery service at the Church of God Cemetery on Exchange Street. The annual parade moves out at 2 p.m.
Stay tuned for updated information on all of the events taking place in Newburg this spring and summer. The Nostalgic Newburg 160 Committee invites everyone to visit the borough and help us keep the past alive through celebration and memories!