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South Charleston ready to kick off its 100th-anniversary celebration

By Ben Calwell, Metro Reporter

Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 9, the City of South Charleston will officially kick off its 100th-anniversary celebration.

The festivities begin at noon with birthday cake and lemonade served at the Mound stage on D Street. Mayor Frank Mullens will be there to cut the cake and help serve visitors to the Mound.

“We’ll also have a jazz band,” said Bob Anderson, executive director of the South Charleston Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Following the birthday cake event at the Mound, there will be a time capsule-sealing event at City Hall. The time capsule, which will be opened 100 years from now, will contain a variety of items related to South Charleston.

“In the time capsule, we’ll have our new history book and news clippings from the past year,” Anderson said.

The Aug. 9 edition of The Charleston Gazette-Mail will also be placed in the time capsule.

“One hundred years from now, people will find out what happened on Aug. 9, 2017,” he said.

Anderson would like to place some Union Carbide items in the time capsule, as well as any old South Charleston-related photos that residents might have. They can be dropped off at the SCCVB office at the LaBelle Theater on D Street.

The time capsule will be housed in a brick enclosure in front of City Hall. Anderson said Dow Chemical Co. made a stainless steel vault which will contain and protect all the items for the capsule.

Aug. 9 will also be a day for free admission to the city recreation facilities, including the South Charleston Memorial Ice Arena, swimming pool, South Charleston Community Center and the Little Creek Golf Course golf simulator.

Also on Aug. 9, Darla Spencer, a professional archaeologist, will sign copies of her book about the Mound from 1 to 4 p.m. at the South Charleston Interpretive Center beside the LaBelle Theater.

Other special events in August that will help celebrate South Charleston’s 100th anniversary include:

• Aug. 10:

Family Fun Night, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the South Charleston First Church of the Nazarene parking lot on Chestnut Street

• Aug. 11:

Evening of Outdoor Fun at Joplin Park, from 6 to 9 p.m.

• Aug. 12:

Free ice skating from 6 to 9 p.m. and an outdoor movie (at dusk) at the South Charleston Memorial Ice Arena

• Aug. 13:

A barbecue cook-off at Oakes Field and a performance by citywide church choirs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be 14 vendors selling ribs and barbecue, and admission is free.

• Aug. 14:

Armor Park History Display from 2 to 8 p.m. at Riverwalk Plaza

• Aug. 15:

Industrial History Displays and Tours from 3 to 7 p.m. at the West Virginia Regional Technology Park

• Aug. 16-19:

South Charleston Summerfest

• Aug. 19:

Mound Car Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a drawing for $100 every 30 minutes for registered car owners (must be present to win). Music and fireworks, too.

• Sept. 9:

Arts & Crafts Mound Festival, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information about South Charleston’s 100th-anniversary celebration, call the South Charleston Convention & Visitors Bureau, 304-746-5552.


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