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Weekly 150

Happy Birthday, McKenzie

Posted 1/29/19

Let me start by saying thank you to everyone who helped make Saturday’s kick-off event a success. My deepest thanks to my fellow members on the executive committee, the staff at the McKenzie …

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Weekly 150

Happy Birthday, McKenzie


Let me start by saying thank you to everyone who helped make Saturday’s kick-off event a success. My deepest thanks to my fellow members on the executive committee, the staff at the McKenzie Banner for all their hours laying out such a beautiful logo, cake designs and commemorative memorabilia, and thank you to all those in attendance at the Park Theatre. It is a humbling experience representing our great hometown as it turned 150 years old on January 22. I want to encourage the people of McKenzie to take a hand in celebrating the city’s year-long program. We are interested in involving people from all over our great city, not just a select few. There will be many events throughout the year and nothing is set in stone. If you do not have the time to get involved (i.e. you work full time, are raising our future leaders (your children), or your schedule is just full), please e-mail us your ideas and suggestions.

To make a difference, you don’t have to be at every meeting; you just have to have your heart in the right place and your best foot forward. That’s how this year will be a success.

Currently, we are attempting to plan an event in February focusing on Webb School. It would be best for members of the alumni association to be the guiding force. If any of the alumni are interested in helping or taking the lead please contact me, Jason Martin, at the McKenzie Banner as soon as possible.

On February 14, James Monroe McKenzie’s birthday will be celebrated at the newly renovated depot. So be sure to visit the depot for cake and refreshments; there is also a surprise special guest scheduled to greet visitors.

We are also looking for ideas and a group to lead the month of March. Tentatively, a Mardi Gras theme was decided by the planning committee, but if there’s something you want to do let us know.

It is our plan to center all events, festivals and celebrations around the history and heritage of McKenzie.

April is “Celebrating Our Heritage;” May will focus on the newly renovated McKenzie Depot; June we will partner with the Gordon Browning Museum; July is the annual Freedom Festival; August is the Sweet Tea Festival and the city will honor the women’s suffrage movement; September will be a Homecoming Celebration with a community meal sponsored by local churches and civic groups; October will bring back the cemetery walks; November will honor the veterans of McKenzie with a special presentation; and December will be a closing Christmas-themed ceremony.

If anyone is interested in volunteering or helping sponsor the celebration feel free to contact the 150th executive committee at 731-352-3323 or email us at contact@mckenzie150.com.

Look for this column each week as we bring you updates on what is planned. I will include various historical synopses about the City of McKenzie and photos focusing around our heritage. If you would like to make a submission to this column feel free to e-mail me directly at jmartin@mckenziebanner.com.

Let’s make sure this year will be a success.

Thank you, God Bless McKenzie, our state, and our great country.


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