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Happy Birthday Glencoe

Happy Birthday Glencoe

Phil_KiralyBy Village Manager Phil Kiraly

I know it goes without saying, but we have so much to be proud of in Glencoe. As the Village approaches its 150th anniversary of incorporation on March 29, I am reminded over and over again of the pride we all have in our community. Whether it has been through volunteering on a committee, researching historical facts, sponsoring an event or activity, submitting ideas or through simply coming out to enjoy what’s been planned—the community has come together to commemorate and celebrate Glencoe’s past, present and future in a remarkable way. And there’s much, much more to come!

Already, the Sesquicentennial Planning Committee partnered with the business community to kick-off the celebration with a revamped Light the Lights event in November, and last month the Glencoe Historical Society welcomed hundreds of friends of Glencoe to a special Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony honoring 150 Glenconians who have made a difference in our community and beyond. Up next, on Monday, March 18, the Committee will join Writers Theatre in welcoming hundreds of theatre-goers to enjoy a special “one night only” musical event titled I Love This Town: A Musical Salute to Glencoe written about Glencoe’s unique history in honor of our sesquicentennial celebration. Demand for the event was so immense that we had to open a second performance! Tickets have sold out for the 7:30 p.m. performance, but 9 p.m. performance tickets are still available for purchase here. Other organizations have already added to the celebration too, with the Glencoe Community Garden challenging us to compost 150 buckets of food scraps this year (a goal which was exceeded in just over a month) and with Family Service of Glencoe’s Random Acts of Kindness Week which encouraged us all to think of ways to share and recognize kindness in our community.  

To celebrate the Village’s actual birthday on Friday, March 29, the community is invited to stop by Village Hall anytime between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. for a free cupcake, and to join us on Wyman Green for a special flag raising ceremony at 2 p.m. If you plan to attend the ceremony, please RSVP here. If you can’t make it on March 29, don’t worry, as there are nine months of other sesquicentennial celebration events and activities ahead of us which you can learn about here. You can also show your Sesquicentennial pride by purchasing a special Glencoe 150 vehicle sticker this year. Available in the coming weeks for purchase, these commemorative stickers carry a cost slightly higher than a standard sticker, but the extra proceeds will go to help support our community events through the rest of the year.

Planning a year-long celebration worthy of our community has been a labor of love. Over the past two years of planning, the Sesquicentennial Planning Committee has met formally over 35 times, has sent hundreds of e-mails and has dedicated thousands of volunteer hours to the task. This has produced a celebration calendar that includes over 20 major sesquicentennial events and activities, which are either being hosted by the committee or in partnership with one of Glencoe’s many dedicated community organizations. My endless thanks go to all those who have been involved thus far! It is humbling to think that the six volunteers on the committee are joined by over 50 other volunteers on the Village’s various committees and commissions. The commitment of our all our volunteers is again a testament to the passion our community feels for ensuring that the town we love is preserved for the next 150 years.  

Happy Birthday Glencoe!