‘We’re planning an memorable celebration with events planned for all ages that weekend as we celebrate the past while looking to the future,” said Dublin Mayor Christopher Hayes.
The festivities will begin Friday, September 7 at 6:30 p.m. when The Philadelphia Funk Authority takes the stage at the Dublin Firehouse (Route 313 and Rickerts Road). Known for their dance and party music, TPFA will play a two-hour concert guaranteed to get the crowd on its feet.
On Saturday, the firehouse will be open from 8 a.m. until noon for a delicious breakfast to get the activities going. At 9 a.m., a 5K Run/1-mile Walk will start and end at the firehouse, and include a comfortable trek on scenic back roads and through the historic Pearl S. Buck property.
Starting at 1 p.m., there will be the “Decades of Dublin” Parade. Starting on Maple Avenue heading west, the parade will represent the history of Dublin through the years as it turns left and heads up Main Street before ending at the firehouse at about 2 p.m.
That’s when the Dublin Birthday Celebration swings into high gear with a festival that includes an Antique Car Show (4 p.m. - 8 p.m.), kids rides and face painting (1 p.m. - 7 p.m.), vendors and artisans, food and live music on two stages.
At 8:30 p.m., a spectacular fireworks display (across from the firehouse) will light up the night sky and bring the day to a memorable conclusion.
The celebration will resume on Sunday at 11 a.m. with a Muscle Car Show at the firehouse and an Artsfest celebration at the Dublin TEC Center. Kids rides and face painting also will be available.
“We may be small as a municipality but we’re thinking big for this celebration,”
As a lasting tribute to the borough’s rich history, Hayes is spearheading “The Mayor’s Race for the Clock,” an effort to raise funds to purchase and install a town clock in time for the birthday celebration. To be located at borough-owned property at Main Street and Middle/Maple avenues, the clock will serve as a centerpiece of pride as unique as the borough itself.
The main source of funding for the clock will come from the sale of memorial bricks that will be installed at the base of the clock. Priced at either $150 (6 inches by 12 inches) or $75 (6 inches by 6 inches) the bricks can be inscribed with a family or business name as a lasting tribute to the borough’s history.
The borough is also selling special commemorative crocks, calendars and holiday ornaments. Quantities are limited - order before they sell out! Proceeds will help defray the cost of organizing the anniversary celebration.
For more information about becoming a sponsor or buying a brick, please visit www.dublinborough.org or call 215-249-3310, extension 105.