Spring City cel­e­brates 150 years

Pa­rade just one of sesqui­cen­ten­nial events mark­ing in­cor­po­ra­tion of bor­ough in 1867

The Phoenix - - FRONT PAGE - By Mar­ian Den­nis mden­nis@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Mar­i­anDen­nis1 on Twit­ter

SPRING CITY » Mu­sic, ap­plause and cheers were among the sounds that could be heard Aug. 12 as a com­mu­nity cel­e­brated 150 years of pride.

If you take a look at the his­tory of Spring City, you’ll read that Main Street was the cen­ter of ac­tiv­ity for the bor­ough since its be­gin­nings in 1867. That was never more true than on Satur­day when res­i­dents of Spring City and neigh­bor­ing ar­eas lined up along Main Street to wit­ness the Sesqui­cen­ten­nial pa­rade that cel­e­brated 150 years, to the day, of Spring City his­tory.

“We had a few march­ing bands in­clud­ing the high school alumni band, the mid­dle school band and two string bands from Philadel­phia,” ex­plained Spring City Coun­cil­man Eu­gene Sweeney about the pa­rade. “We had a num- ber of lo­cal fire de­part­ments, lo­cal po­lice de­part­ments and or­ga­ni­za­tions like the ma­sons and Spring City Li­brary.”

As the groups pro­cessed down the street, they were met with ap­plause and waves as guests watched the per­for­mances.

“I brought Emma here be­cause she just loves pa­rades and it’s just a great cel­e­bra­tion. 150 years is a lot,” said Sandy Fota of Lim­er­ick Town­ship, who was there with her daugh­ter, Emma. “We re­ally love see­ing the bands and hear­ing the mu­sic.”

That sen­ti­ment was shared by many.

In be­tween march­ing band per­for­mances, pa­rade-go­ers waved to of­fi­cers in pa­trol cars and fire­fight­ers in their trucks as they tossed candy to kids along the curb.

“The big thing was the level of com­mu­nity spirit,” added Sweeney, who helped or­ga­nize the ses-

qui­cen­ten­nial events. “Ev­ery time I asked a busi­ness for any­thing, they all said yes. There was a park con­test this year and we came in first and sec­ond place in two dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories and that’s re­ally just be­cause the com­mu­nity, this year, has re­ally got­ten in­volved with things that we’re do­ing.”

Satur­day’s events were the cul­mi­na­tion of a year long se­ries of cel­e­bra­tions hon­or­ing the bor­ough’s rich his­tory. Among those events were the kick­off cel­e­bra­tion in March which fea­tured two spe- cially brewed beers by lo­cal brew­ery, Tuned Up, as well as a “Sesquis­er­e­nade” in which the New Spring City March­ing Band trav­elled around the bor­ough play­ing for res­i­dents. Res­i­dents also got to ex­pe­ri­ence Com­mu­nity Day on May 20 as well as the Spring City Car Show on June 18 and the Hot Air Bal­loon Fes­ti­val on Aug. 11.

On Satur­day, the cel­e­bra­tion con­tin­ued after the pa­rade with a fes­ti­val at Brown Street Park. The fes­ti­val fea­tured a beer gar­den by Tuned Up Brew­ing, the open­ing of the cen­ten­nial time cap­sule and a fire­works dis­play to end the night.

MAR­IAN DEN­NIS – DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

A per­for­mance by The Greater Over­brook String Band made for a flashy show Aug. 12as res­i­dents cel­e­brated the 150th an­niver­sary of Spring City.

MAR­IAN DEN­NIS – DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Com­mu­nity mem­bers lined the streets Satur­day await­ing the be­gin­ning of the Sesqui­cen­ten­nial Pa­rade.

MAR­IAN DEN­NIS – DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Res­i­dents of Spring City were treated to a va­ri­ety of mu­sic and en­ter­tain­ment as groups made their way down Main Street Satur­day. Folks were cel­e­brat­ing the 150th an­niver­sary of Spring City with a pa­rade, time cap­sule open­ing and fire­works.

MAR­IAN DEN­NIS – DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

A mem­ber of the Bon­sal Blues Band fo­cuses as hemakes his way down the street Satur­day while play­ing the trum­pet. The band was part of the Spring City Sesqui­cen­ten­nial Pa­rade that took place Satur­day.

MAR­IAN DEN­NIS – DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Candy could be seen fly­ing on Satur­day as pa­rade par­tic­i­pants tossed treats to the au­di­ence.

MAR­IAN DEN­NIS – DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

The Spring-Ford Ma­sonic Lodge was one of sev­eral com­mu­nity groups who made an ap­pear­ance at the pa­rade to cel­e­brate Spring City’s 150th an­niver­sary Satur­day.

MAR­IAN DEN­NIS – DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

A ba­ton twirler from the Philadel­phia Free­dom Band per­formed Satur­day during the Spring City Sesqui­cen­ten­nial Pa­rade. The group was among sev­eral bands that made an ap­pear­ance for the event.

MAR­IAN DEN­NIS – DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

The Spring-Ford Golden Ram Alumni March­ing Band made their way down Main Street Satur­day with flair as they helped cel­e­brate the 150th An­niver­sary of Spring City.

MAR­IAN DEN­NIS – DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

The Spring-Ford Mid­dle School March­ing Band cap­ti­vated pa­rade-go­ers Satur­day with their mu­si­cal per­for­mances during the Spring City Sesqui­cen­ten­nial Pa­rade.

MAR­IAN DEN­NIS – DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Chil­dren scram­bled to grab the hand­fuls of candy that were thrown during the pa­rade Spring City Sesqui­cen­ten­nial Satur­day.

MAR­IAN DEN­NIS – DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Masked pa­rade par­tic­i­pants put on a creepy dis­play Satur­day as they rode down Main Street in the Spring City Sesqui­cen­ten­nial Pa­rade.

MAR­IAN DEN­NIS–DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

An of­fi­cer from the Ch­ester County Sher­iff’s Depart­ment stops to say hello to guests that gath­ered along the street for the Sesqui­cen­ten­nial Pa­rade Satur­day.

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