Announcement of The City of Frederick’s 275th Anniversary Celebration

Announcement of The City of Frederick’s 275th Anniversary Celebration


Well, good afternoon everyone. Hope
everyone had a restful and relaxing Thanksgiving, regardless of what those
plans may have entailed. This is a really exciting announcement today, to be able
to talk about the 275th Anniversary of The City of Frederick, which is coming up
in now, less than one short month, and we’re really excited to be able to talk
today about some of what we have planned for the city to be able to undertake
this 275th celebration. We are inviting all of
Frederick, and the Frederick community, to join the story of Frederick’s history,
and our future as we rejoice in this 275th. We are looking
at a number of activities to be held throughout the 2020 calendar year in
conjunction with our 275th Anniversary activities, and
we had the opportunity twenty-five years ago with a 250th
celebration to really make it a year’s worth of activities. We won’t be quite as
ambitious in this sort of mid half-century year of demarcation, but we
do want to make 2020 a special year, and are looking at a lot of the outstanding
existing events that are on our calendar already to be 275th Anniversary events, as well as inviting the community to come to us
with events that they may be conducting that can be designated as 275th Anniversary events. This is very much similar to the process
that was used 25 years ago, and so, the big effort that I undertook when we came
to the conclusion that we were heading upon this anniversary was we don’t need
to reinvent the wheel. We have a lot of people who were around 25 years ago who
were part of those celebrations, we have a lot of new people in our community
that we want to get involved, and so, our task now is to marry the best of the
ways in which we’ve done this in the past with the many new residents, and the
new people who are here to really make the 275th something that’s
special and unique for the city in 2020. So, just as some examples of some
activities that we’re looking at, in terms of the 275th, is the Key Drop that
occurs on December 31st every year to welcome in the new year down on Carroll
Creek. That is an event that is sponsored by the Civitan Club and that is an event
which we can make a 275th Anniversary event to
really kickoff and ring in the New Year the right way. Certainly, the city has
been involved for many years in putting on a 4th of July Celebration, and that
will be a tremendous opportunity for the city as well to look at ways in which we
can take the 275th Anniversary and really highlight as part of Frederick’s
4th Celebration, and as you’re all aware, these Office of Special Events,
Celebrate Frederick opportunities are joint efforts of The City of Frederick,
and Celebrate Frederick, a standalone 501c3 supported by our Office of Special
Events ,and these are some of the partnerships that maybe weren’t as whole,
as in 25 years ago, that are in place now, and I really think we have an
opportunity to leverage these relationships that we’ve built over the
last 25 years to do really great things in 2020. We didn’t have minor league
baseball in Frederick 25 years ago, we do now and the opportunity is there for
us to look at the Keys as a part of how we celebrate our 275th
Anniversary. 2020 is also the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II,
and that affords us an opportunity to do a special kind of recognition for our
veterans, and those who served. That’s always been a real hallmark of this
community, how we have celebrated, and provided great support to those who’ve
served our country and Frederick because of its history has been at the center of
many of those, much of that American military history, and so our opportunity
to bring those things together in 2020 is something that we’re really going to
be looking at. We are looking at events that will span
all generations and all ages. We want this to be as as inclusive as it can
possibly be, perhaps the most inclusive celebration the city has ever done just
because of the way in which this community has changed over the years, and
the way in which we’ve taken an emphasis in this administration to really
highlight diversity and inclusion as being important elements of what it
means to be a part of the Frederick community, so we are looking to
organizations to join these celebrations to get their events sanctioned. There are
forms and additional information that are available on the City’s website.
You’ll be able to submit that information to us. We are very quickly,
very soon, going to have some promotional products available,
pins, and shirts, and coins, and those kinds of opportunities to wear publicly,
and to celebrate the 275th Anniversary, and I’m going to be unveiling very
shortly, the motif that will be front and center as we undertake that 275th.
I hope that when people look at it they’ll see that it looks familiar again.
Our goal here was not to do something brand new, but to take the great history
that the city already has, and build upon it for our 275th Anniversary. It’s also important as we do this to talk about our partners,
and I’m really grateful that as we’ve reached out to a number of different
people to be involved in what we’re doing for the 275th, that those
individuals have quickly said “yes,” and so we’re forging a strong partnership with
Visit Frederick and John Fieseler, and John was a part of a lot of these
activities 25 years ago, so that doesn’t make John anything other than an
experienced individual, someone that we should want to be involved as we put
together a 275th celebration here in Frederick, working very closely with the
Chamber of Commerce, with Frederick County Public Schools, and happy to have
Rick Weldon from the Chamber is here. Darryl Baughman, representing the
Superintendent of Public Schools is here as well. I’ve had an opportunity over
many years to work with Chris Haugh through our days at the cable company
and next to John Fieseler, I can’t imagine anybody who knows more about the history
of this community than Chris, and to have Chris on board as someone who’s going to
assist us in looking at how we can really bring the history of this
community alive as we look to the future is really important.
Kari Saavedra with Rose Hill Manor, Frederick County Government, I think it’s
really important to build those connections as well ,and Jennifer
Martin from our own Office of Special Events. The person that I have tapped to
really help coordinate all of this, again, is about going back to the future, and
that’s Beth Gura. Beth Gura was here 25 years ago when the city worked on its
250th, and did a spectacular job during that star-spangled celebration of
helping to bring all the resources and the coordination of groups, and
individuals together in order to make the 250th Anniversary of The City of
Frederick a real celebration and I’m so pleased that one she was available, two,
she was interested, and three, it really just builds on someone who’s been
through this whole experience before, knows where many of the pitfalls, and
challenges, and opportunities lie, and has really just in the time that she’s been here,
providing some consulting services to my office through this effort to really get
the team together that is going to make this wonderful. We are continuing to
put the asks out, we are continuing to expand the outreach. Some of the
individual leaders on that executive steering committee that we will have are going to have, be leading
individual efforts of this 275th celebration, whether it’s building the
history component, or building the events component, or the promotional side of it.
All of this is really important if we’re going to have success, so to that end, I’m
going to do a big reveal here of the promotional side of what people are
going to start to see, and what we hope will become really common place around
Frederick over the next year as the city celebrates its 275th Anniversary.
This represents the old, this was 25 years ago at the 250th, and this represents the 275th. [APPLAUSE]
I think the the the biggest thing that I hope folks will notice is that
we’re really using kind of the same design feature that’s been
demonstrated very clearly in this community, that we love the clustered
spires, that they are a part of who we are as a community, and accentuating the
clustered spires as we did 25 years ago is really appropriate, and something that
we’re excited to do. We’ve obviously changed the year from 250 to 275 but the
other big change that you’ll see is the use of the Maryland flag as a background
image as opposed to then the US flag and that’s really twofold. One, we’re
really trying to accentuate the notion of Frederick, Maryland, and Maryland as a
destination in Frederick, as a part of that, it’s also just a really great flag,
and it’s a really great image, and what we found in just some of our
conversations about pulling this all together, is that you almost can’t
produce enough merchandise that has the Maryland flag on it, in terms of really
promoting what it is that you’re trying to do, so we think the element of
the Maryland flag being included as part of this logo will really make it
attractive for people who want to be a part of this, and to wear some little
piece of the 275th. I also wanted to provide, I have these, are much smaller
sort of visual elements, as I have coins that were produced from the 250th and we
still have a number of coins actually from 50 years ago from the 225th
Anniversary of The City of Frederick, and this element of the spires has been
iterative throughout the last 50 years, so 50 years ago was really just the
spires on the coin, 25 years ago they added the United States flag, and here we
are 25 years later, bringing the Maryland flag into the picture, so if you look
through the history of the coins that have been produced, we’re really staying
very true to who we are as a history, but also
looking forward, and willing to change, and adjust, and modify, and I think that
says a lot about what this community has been over 275 years. A community that’s
progressive, and innovative, and forward-thinking, and that’s really what
we’re trying to accomplish with our 275th is to
celebrate all of the wonderful things that this community does for so many
people every single day. I do not wish to put Beth on the spot ,but I certainly
would like to invite her to come forward, if she wishes to, and to make a few
remarks about her involvement in this 275th
celebration. Thank you very much Mayor O’Connor. I am “over the moon” thrilled to be back serving The City of Frederick. I am delighted with this, a executive steering
community that we have, it’s really a dream team of volunteers, but John and I
have decided that we haven’t changed a bit the past 25 years, but The City of Frederick, my goodness, how beautiful you
look, how much you’ve grown, I’m so proud of all that has happened, and I truly
look forward to working with many people to have a wonderful 275th Anniversary
year, so please, “Join the Story,” come get involved, have your event sanctioned, and
come, please, be a volunteer, look forward to working with you. Thank you. So, I did
want, before we wrap up – just one more time say there is a special page on the
city’s website that’s been set up for the city’s 275th. It’s really complicated,
it is cityoffrederickmd.gov – our new web domain – /275 – that’s where you’ll find information, that’s where you’ll be able
to find the forms about getting your event sanctioned. To learn more about the
activities as they are scheduled, we have a tentative list of things that we could
talk about now, we’re not quite ready to put all of those details out yet, we’ve
got a little bit more confirmation we want to do, but we also know that over
the course of the year, it’s a schedule that’s going to change. Things are going
to get added, they’re going to be adjustments, and that website is really
going to be a critical resource for our residents and the community members to
see what it is that we’re putting on, and to stay up to date with
what’s happening with the 275th, so thank you very much for being here. It is
really exciting to be this close to kicking off what’s really going to be a
special year in The City of Frederick, and I want to thank all of those who are
already involved, and those who are going to be involved, together will “Join the
Story,” and it’s going to be wonderful for The City of Frederic, so thanks so much
for being here today, and I don’t know if anybody has any questions, but we’re
happy to answer them as best we can if anybody does? Great, well thank you so
much, thank you for being her. Enjoy the rest of your day.

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