Volunteers learn how to celebrate city's bicentennial

March 09, 1997|By Consella A. Lee | Consella A. Lee,SUN STAFF

A volunteer fair to recruit help for Baltimore's bicentennial celebration attracted 25 people yesterday to Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School, where they received a pep talk from the mayor and a list of ideas for participating in the yearlong event.

Nothing is too small or too far off the beaten path to help celebrate the city's birthday, Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke told the group. Even neighbors getting together to clean trash-strewn lots can be a big help, he said.

"It's something everybody can participate in, and it will have a lasting impact," Schmoke said.

Organizers of the volunteer fair gave out a list of 10 suggestions, including holding family reunions, distributing posters, or simply buying or displaying bicentennial hats, mugs and T-shirts.

Thomas T. Koch, co-chairman of the city's bicentennial committee, said that though the celebration seeks to increase economic activity, it has another purpose.

"I think the bicentennial is just a wonderful opportunity for people to reflect and look at our history and heritage," Koch said. "This whole theme of the city's birthday is built around making people feel good."

Feb. 7 was the 200th anniversary of the day the incorporation of Baltimore was signed into law.

The city has planned events throughout the year -- block parties, rededication of monuments, historical re-enactments and July 4 festivities.

You can visit the bicentennial's web page at: http: //www.bicentennial.com. for updates on events.

Pub Date: 3/09/97

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