A MOBERLY SESQUICENTENNIAL MINUTE
With the news about Moberly’s 150th birthday beginning to spread throughout the community, people are starting to ask, “What can I/we do to help?” There will be a need for many volunteers after the first of year. Some tasks are one-time only; some would involve organizing and completing an event; some would be repetitive throughout the year.
From the planning committee’s very first meeting in April 2014, it was agreed that we could plan some one-time events, but we would also like to encourage organizers of annual events to just put a Sesquicentennial spin on those events in 2016. An example is Railroad Days. Just take what is already done every year and step on the gas! Railroad Days. Just take what is already done every year and step on the gas as we celebrate 2016.
Here is just a small sampling of things that an individual or groups (i.e. civic, church, business, sororities, even neighborhoods) could do. Help with setup or cleanup at the kickoff event. Sing in the community choir. Sponsor a beard growing or bald-head contest. Organize a fashion show with clothing from different decades. Organize a downtown car cruise. Organize a music trivia night. Organize a photography or art contest of Moberly landmarks. How about an architectural scavenger hunt, historical scavenger hunt, downtown alley scavenger hunt? Organize a massive antique car show. How about a street dance or a gospel sing? Prepare a float or entry for the parade to be held in September 2016. Sponsor a souvenir item to be sold at Sesquicentennial headquarters. Volunteer to work in the headquarters after it opens. Help with cataloging of items removed from the time capsule. These are all things to “do”. If you would rather, just make a cash donation to the committee and we will see that it is spent to make 2016 a year to remember for the next fifty years!
For further information, check our website www.moberly150.com or contact J W Ballinger at the museum, Diane Richardson at Main Street Moberly, or Susan Hall at Kids Caboose.