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New Albany to celebrate Founders Day on May 18


The New Albany Founders Day celebration Saturday, May 18, will feature historical displays from the 1800s, a tribute to the city's founding in 1837 by Noble Landon and William Yantis.

"We're just trying to showcase some of the historical attributes, which is obviously why we celebrate Founders Day," said Stacy Adkins, one of the celebration organizers.

Founders Day will begin with a parade at 11 a.m. that starts at the New Albany Church of the Resurrection, 6300 Dublin-Granville Road, and concludes at the 2-5 elementary building, 87 N. High St. The festivities will be from noon to 5 p.m. in the 2-5 gymnasium and on the building grounds.

The Founders Day committee invited members of the New Albany-Plain Township Historical Society to display historical records and memorabilia in the gym.

"We'll have our quilt, which is like a map of old Plain Township in the mid-19th century, with the streets and streams and old houses appliqued on the streets where they were located," said Marilyn Saveson, a historical society member.

Society members also will display old maps and photographs, including photographs of the Plain Township picnic from as far back as 1910.

Saveson said the township picnic was an annual tradition.

Dennis Keesee, a historical society member and owner of Eagle's Villa Pizza, also will set up a display of booth of his own Civil War memorabilia.

The parade will feature some newer elements along with traces of the past, Adkins said.

This year's grand marshal will be Virginia McVay, 84, who has lived in Plain Township for 56 years.

McVay said she grew up in the Linden area in Columbus and moved to Plain Township when she and her husband Richard "Richie" McVay built a house on land owned by her parents, John and Adel Barker.

Richard McVay coached Little League baseball and worked as a college sports referee so many people knew him, McVay said.

The couple was married for 34 years. Richard McVay died in 1982.

McVay said her three children graduated from New Albany schools.

Her daughter, Sherry Weersing, now lives in Washington state with her three children. Her two sons are a little closer to home: Richard lives in Pickerington and Kirk lives in Dublin. Both sons also have three children and McVay said she has 16 great-grandchildren.

McVay said she was a stay-at-home mom until 1966 when she started working with the Justine Swim Club and helped manage the club's pool for five years starting in 1967.

She's also been a member of the Franklin United Brethren Church in Christ on Bevelhymer Road, helping with the church's annual turkey dinner and Easter egg project.

"On big jobs, you have to have a lot of help and there's a lot of help in New Albany," she said.

This year's New Albany Founders Day Community Connection Award, which recognizes a nonprofit organization that makes contributions to the local community, was given to the New Albany Arts Council, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

"What an honor," said Kathy Mayhorn, arts council president. "It just happens to coincide with our 20th anniversary. We were founded in 1993."

The New Albany Arts Council supports a junior theater production and several concerts in the city throughout the year.

Founders Day is supported by local donations and grants. It is planned annually by the Founders Day committee.

Admission is free and parking is available in the New Albany high and middle school lots.

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