Pending approval by Dublin City Council, celebrations for the city's bicentennial will range from a heritage day to a writing contest for schoolchildren.

Pending approval by Dublin City Council, celebrations for the city's bicentennial will range from a heritage day to a writing contest for schoolchildren.

Council's finance committee met last week and Monday to go over 10 grant applications submitted for $50,000 in bed tax funds that council will disburse for bicentennial activities next year.

Last week, the finance committee heard from each group that submitted an application. On Monday, committee members debated what to recommend to council.

Council was scheduled to vote on the bicentennial grants during its meeting Wednesday.

Recommendations from the finance committee included:

Heritage Day, an idea presented by the Dublin Historical Society. The finance committee recommended funding the event with $10,000. Activities could include period-style games and other activities that show what life was like in Dublin in the 1800s. An outdoor drama on Chief Leatherlips, an idea presented by Dublin City Schools. Despite a requested $22,410, finance committee members agreed to recommend $9,000 to council, along with a possible partnership with the Dublin Foundation for a performance at the Emerald Ball. Performances would occur throughout the year. A student writing contest, with $1,350 requested in funding from the Parents' Resource for Outstanding Dublin students booster group. The contest would take entries on Dublin's history and values from students in grades four to eight. A partnership between the Dublin Historical Society, the city and the Dublin branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library to digitally preserve historic documents. The finance committee recommended council grant $8,600 for this project. The Dublin Area Art League and the Dublin Historical Society requested $2,400 for a living history exhibit. The finance committee recommended granting the funds for the exhibit, which would be displayed at the Dublin Community Recreation Center.
The city will try to work with other groups that applied for funding through partnerships. Sandra Puskarcik, director of community relations, said the activities are all about collaboration.

The city wants to have activities throughout 2010 to celebrate the bicentennial, Puskarcik said.

"We're looking for something that's March through September with a hallmark event on the Fourth of July," she said.

The finance committee also will recommend council suggest bicentennial art for the Dublin Arts Council's next art in public places piece.

"I want something like the field of corn. It's controversial. Some people like it, some people don't, but at the end of the day people talk about it," finance committee chairman Mike Keenan said. "It would be neat to have something like that for the bicentennial."