Brighton200 plans African-American History Celebration
In recognition of Black History Month this February, Brighton200 will present “Struggle Toward Freedom,” a celebration of local African-American heritage, featuring a special performance by Garth Fagan Dance School Ensemble.
“Struggle Toward Freedom” will take place on Sunday, February 23 at 3 p.m. at the Alumni and Advancement Center Auditorium on the University of Rochester’s Brighton campus, 300 E. River Road. This event is free and open to the public and is being sponsored by the University of Rochester.
The program will include opening remarks by Reverend Lawrence Hargrave and presentations by guest speakers Jerry Bennett, a Brighton resident and Underground Railroad specialist, Mary Jo Lanphear, town of Brighton historian and Dr. David Anderson, Community Scholar in Residence in the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education at Nazareth College. The program will conclude with a special performance by Garth Fagan Dance School Ensemble, featuring area youth.
Event Flyer can be found here
In continuation of the yearlong Bicentennial celebration, the Town of Brighton’s Bicentennial committee will team up with Historic Brighton and the Landmark Society of Western New York this spring to recognize the earliest days of Brighton history.
On Saturday, April 5, a series of historical reenactments chronicling the first meeting of the Town of Brighton in 1814 will be held at the Stone-Tolan House Historic Site, 2370 East Avenue; the exact location where history was made 200 years ago. All ages are welcome to attend the professional reenactment, presented by Historic Brighton, which includes a Ploughman’s Lunch and tour of the Stone-Tolan House Historic Site and grounds. Check-in, luncheon and shuttle service will be at the Baptist Temple, 1101 Clover Street. This event is made possible through a unique partnership with Historic Brighton and The Landmark Society of Western New York and the support of Wegmans Food Markets.
Tickets are $12 per adult and $6 per child; space is limited and pre-registration is required. Visit brighton200.org for more details.
On Sunday, May 4, join Christopher Brandt and Arlene Wright Vanderlinde of Historic Brighton and Brighton Historian Mary Jo Lanphear for a narrated bus tour of historic Brighton landmarks. This event is made possible through the support of Reed Eye Associates. Tickets are $10 each; space is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information on these events and more visit brighton200.org for more details.
On Sunday, June 1, Brighton Neighbors United will team up with Brighton200 to host an old-fashioned family picnic at Buckland Park, located at 1341 Westfall Rd, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Bicentennial Community Picnic will combine Brighton’s individual annual neighborhood picnics to produce the largest picnic in the town’s history, featuring live entertainment, old-fashioned games, a petting zoo and more. Bring a blanket and a picnic basket; food will also be available for purchase from Tom Wahl’s Mobile Restaurant and The Kosher Concession. This event is free and open to the public.
On July 4th, Brighton will celebrate the bicentennial year with a 4th of July celebration, featuring food, fireworks and fun for the whole family. The celebration begins at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast and the Brighton Chamber of Commerce 4th of July 5k road race, departing from Brighton High School (1150 S Winton Rd). At 2 p.m., the celebration will move to Meridian Park. After letting the kids take a spin on the amusement rides and enjoying concessions and other activities, get ready to twist and shout to the music of The Skycoasters at 8 p.m. The celebration will conclude with our annual fireworks display. This event is free and open to the public.
Sunday, August 10th Canal Day- Come out and learn about how the Erie Canal played an important role in the development of the Town of Brighton. Event will include free chartered boat rides for Brighton residents aboard the SAM PATCH, traveling round trip from Lock 33 to approx. Lock 32 along the Canal. Tours will run on the hour starting at 10 a.m. up to 4 p.m.
Highlights from the Brighton200 Picnic held June 1, 2014
Thank you to all our Sponsors and Community Volunteers for making this event a very special celebration of our 200th Birthday.
View Video here of the days highlights.