By Deb Everts
The Town of Great Valley kicked off its bicentennial celebration April 15 when it officially turned 200 years old.
On that day, 83 Pioneer Certificates were presented and a birthday party was hosted at the Evergreen Tea Room, the former Plank Road House, near the four-way intersection with Routes 219, 98 and Humphrey Road.
But the festivities didn’t end there and continue all summer long.
The following bicentennial events will take place over several months:
• Saturday, May 19: The Great Gatsby Costume Party will be held at the town hall from 6 to 10 p.m. Live three-piece band. If desired, attendees may bring their own alcoholic beverage. Punch and light snacks will be provided courtesy of sponsor and hostess Gail Archer. Roaring 20s costumes are encouraged and help is available with costuming. Reservations are required. No charge, but donations are welcome. Call Archer at (716) 258-0099 to reserve a spot.
• Saturday, June 2: Heritage Day, 10 a.m at Seneca Iroquois National Museum, 58 West Hetzel St., Salamanca. No event is planned for Kill Buck, but people are encouraged to attend the Salamanca event to learn about early native heritage in Kill Buck.
• June 29, 5 p.m.: “Poodle Skirts and Planes” event at Katy’s Fly-in Restaurant.
• June 29 to 30 and July 1: Vintage Airplane Fly-in. Planes from 1920s-1950s will begin arriving Friday and will continue to fly in Saturday for the public to view. Rain day Sunday. Call organizer Paul Carmichael at (716) 307-5832 for more information.
• Saturday July 21: Old Home Days Community Celebration Day. Bounce houses, dunk tank, fireworks, parade, street dance, food vendors. Sponsored by the Great Valley Volunteer Fire Department. Old-fashioned beard and mustache contest and costume contest sponsored by Great Valley Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary. Free event, but there is a charge for the chicken barbecue.
• Sunday July 22: Old Home Days continues with “Farming in Great Valley: Then and Now,” in the Willoughby area. Event will take place at Snow Brook Farms, 5346 Snow Brook Road. Hosted by Dan and Marcy Brown, and Jim Brennan family. Display of old and antique farm equipment, implements and tools. Tour of a robotic milking operation. Self-guided tour of Willoughby.
For updated information, visit “Town of Great Valley, NY History” on Facebook, watch the local newspapers or contact Town Historian Marilyn Eddy Siperek at firstname.lastname@example.org.