East Stroudsburg Borough’s Sesquicentennial Celebration didn’t happen last year due to the pandemic. But organizers are determined to make the 150th plus one anniversary even better.
A major milestone is finally being commemorated in East Stroudsburg. The borough’s 150th anniversary was postponed last year because of the pandemic. But organizers hope to use what was learned to honor their history.
150th East Stroudsburg Sesquicentennial Committee Cochair Maury Molin says, "The theme is being flexible and tolerant, and bringing unity to bring this all together."
They’ve planned a "150th+1 celebration" to make sure the borough being incorporated in 1870 receives the recognition it deserves.
Molin says, "That’s the reason why we want to celebrate it. I think it’s a time people are looking for something to do. We want to acknowledge the past, look at the present and look to the future."
It kicks off on May 29th at 11am and you’re invited. It starts with a Memorial Day service at Veterans Park and then moves to the Dansbury Depot at noon for the opening ceremony.
Molin says, "We have various events that are going to happen there. We’ll have the reveal, what was found in the time capsule that was buried in 1970 right in front of Borough Hall. And then we’ll have various speakers, we’ll have a Victorian Couple doing a skit there as well as other dignitaries. And then we will be giving away 150th Anniversary cookies."
But the events continue through October.
Molin says, "When we reseal the new capsule, will be the 150th+1 day so that incorporates the theme 150. What I came up at the beginning of this “Give 150 seconds to 150 minutes and 150 days."
Local businesses are also putting their own twist on the theme like Jimmy’s Ice Cream presenting a 150th flavor and Pocono Cinema holding a 150th movie series.
Pocono Cinema President Courtney Tolino says, "We’re doing movies through the ages so we’re going to start with 'Mad, Mad World' so starting in the 60s and then we’re going to do a decade each month so the second one will be 'Jaws.'"
The movies will show once a month at a reduced cost. After such an uncertain year, we’re told the celebration is exactly what’s needed.
Tolino says, "We’re really excited, not just to partner because that’s something we’ve always done with different organizations but to see people kind of coming back out into the community."
For more information about what is planned just go to East Stroudsburg Borough’s website and click the "150th Anniversary Celebration".