Johnstown Independent


Bicentennial celebration to heat up with the weather

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

After a short break, Johnstown's yearlong bicentennial celebration is about to head back into full swing for the summer, with lots of events planned.

"Everything's connected," said Terry Priest, of the Johnstown Historical Society.

On June 8, all Johnstown High School alumni are invited to this year's gathering in the high school gym. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and dinner will be served about 6 p.m. Tickets are $12 each.

Priest said the program would include the traditional format of honoring the 50-year class, which this year is the class of 1963. Other classes with significant attendance also will be recognized. Priest said he hopes three- or four-generation families of JHS graduates could make it a point to gather for this event.

"We'll recognize any classes that have enough people there," he said.

He said the entire event would be videotaped and become a part of the Bicentennial School History DVD, which might be available next year.

"It's the 115th year," event organizer Charlotte Berkeley said, adding that 175 attendees were confirmed as of May 30. "We're celebrating the bicentennial also" and encourage everyone to join. Tickets may be purchased by calling Berkeley at 740-967-2401 or Weichert Insurance at 740-967-6016.

"Please encourage your classmates to make a point of attending this year's event," Priest said.

Next, the Johnstown Historical Society invites everyone to spend a Saturday morning exploring some of the Johnstown area's historic sites with two driving tours. The first is the Town Tour on June 15, with sites to include the town square, the jail, the Cornell School, the mastodon site, the train depot, the academy, Johnstown United Methodist Church and the Opera House.

June 29 is the Country Tour, with such sites as Bigelow Park and Cemetery, Eder Dairy, the homes of H.B. Rusler and William Ashbrook, the Mary E. Babcock Library and Green Hill Cemetery.

The same tours could be given again in later months, depending upon interest.

Priest said tours are limited to 20 and will begin at 9:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. To secure a spot, call 740-967-8721 by 5 p.m. the day before visiting. All tours begin at the Monroe Township Hall on the square and are free. Visitors will receive an auto tour schedule and a map and will drive to each location. Some walking is required.

Other events include the Miss Johnstown pageant June 18 at Johnstown High School's performing-arts center. The pageant features seven contestants.

Pageant director Christy Bailey said former pageant winners are invited back in honor of the bicentennial. She said doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the event beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $4 at the door.

Other events include the bicentennial parade at noon June 22 and the American Veterans Traveling Tribute's Traveling Wall on July 10-14 at the Johnstown Community Sportsman's Club, 7357 Sportsman Club Road.

Downtown Johnstown Inc. lists the year's bicentennial events and other bicentennial information on its website: