The Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Marlborough as a City had been under consideration for a year with the Marlborough Cultural Affairs, Inc. planning the entertainment events and the city, in 1989, appropriating funds for the Celebration.
However, no definite action was taken until Mayor Michael Hogan announced the formation of a Centennial Celebration Committee which met for the first time on January 24, 1990 at Marlborough High School. From that time, to the first Centennial events, many meetings were held under the chairmanship of City Councilor Marilyn Perry.
Many of the city's older citizens remembered the successful and creditable celebration of the 300th (Tercentenary) Anniversary of our incorporation in 1960. It was a celebration of some magnitude and importance and they wondered if such an event could even be matched.
Now that the Centennial Celebration comes to an end, I'm sure that everyone would agree that this celebra-tion was indeed just as grand and successful as the one held in 1960!
On July 5th, the Drum and Bugle Corps competition kicked it all off at Kelleher field. The event brought friends back together, sharing many enjoyable memories.
The giant Birthday Party on July 4th united over 40,000 people!
There was something for everyone! There were band, entertainment, costume contests, speeches, bells ringing, balloons released! There was a Birthday cake for 2, OOO! There was a clambake, trolley rides, fireman's parade, electric light parade, fireworks and a spectacu-lar laser show!
This day will go down in Marlborough's history as probably the most memorable day ever in 330 years! If you were there to experience it, I'm sure you'll agree!
"Celebrate Our Diversity" Day on August 20th was held at Marlborough High School. It brought together our diversified cultural and ethnic groups. It was a magnificent day enjoyed by all in attendance and hopefully, will become an annual event.
The summer long concerts on the Common and the Brown Bag Concerts were enjoyed by hun-dreds and brought back a lot of memories to our older citizens who remembered the oldtime band concerts!
A fantastic and exciting summer entertainment series produced by Marlborough Cultural Affairs, Inc. highlighted entertainment from the ten decades placeCityMarlborough has been a city.
The Centennial Queen Pageant was a phigh point in the celebration. Four Queens were chosen to represent the city this Centennial Year:
Junior Miss, Miss Dana Marie Lepore
Miss Teen, Miss Katie Gilmore
Miss/Mrs. Miss Christina Painton
Golden Girl, Ms. Rita Gardiner
The Classic Auto show, held at Stratus, high-lighted an auto built in Marlborough in 1899, called the "Marlborough Steamer".
The tribute to the Lyonhurst Ballroom, featur-ing the Woody Herman band and singer Kay Starr, was sponsored by radio station WSRO and produced by the Marlborough Cultural Affairs, Inc. It was held on August 24th at the high school field house and was attended by over 1,400 people!
Also held were a "Day at the Races" at the old place Marlborough Trotting Park which brought back many memories. The Centennial "Pops" Concert, featuring the Greater Marlborough Symphony Orchestra, delighted everyone. Festivities also included a tour of old houses by the Marlborough Historical Society, the' Junior Women's Club, and the Colonial Garden Club. There was also a "Stratus 20 mile Bicycle Race", a kite fly, and an Interfaith Community Hymn Sing.
The summer ended with a four day "Festival" and a spectacular four hour Labor Day parade and fireworks.
The raising of the Mt. Rushmore flag at Ward Park on Veteran's Day, made you proud to be an "American".
The fund raiser for the Homeless Shelter, held on November 15th, at the Holiday Inn brought 600 people together for a worthy cause.
The Community Ecumenical "Thanksgiving" Service held November 18th at the Immaculate Con-ception Church.
And who will ever forget the memorable visit by the mayor of Marlborough, England, A.V. Gray and his wife, Mary. In such a short time, they captured the hearts of everyone the encountered!
MARLBOROUGH CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION STEERING COMMITTEE
Chairman - City Councilor Marilyn Perry
Vice Chairman Robert Kane
Lillian Haddad, Secretary
Rosalind Niles, Chairman, Celebrate our Diversity
Sandra Gustin, Chairman, Arts Committee
Judy Grasso, Chairman, Weekly Events
City Councilor Stephen LeDuc, Chairman, Logistics
Karen Gaucher, Chairman,Drum & Bugle Corps Competition
Ann Scott, Chairperson, Farmers Market
Jack O'Brien, Chairman, Day at the Races
Colleen Hughes, Chairman, Publicity
Karen Hughes, Chairperson, Admissions, Buttons
George Whapham, Chairman, Labor Day parade
Dr. Charles Seivard, Chairman, Interfaith Program
Greg Brewster, Chairman, Transportation
Joan Simoneau, July 14th Celebration
Donna Bruno Tucker, July 14th Celebratione
City Councilor Raymond Lavallee, July 14thCelebration Program
City Councilor Gerald Spratt, July 14thCelebration Program
Ed Bridges, Historian
Alfred Brigham, Country Store Historian
Janet & Paul Priestly, Float Committee
Cyndi Spinden, Cable Show
Bob Martel, Cable Show
Paul Harrington, Cable Show
Cecile Sharon, Representative,Marlborough Cultural Affairs
Francis Zanca, Representative, Dept. of Public Works
Chief Joseph Barry, Representative, Police Department
Louis Ghiloni, Representative, Recreation Department
Chief Edward Bigelow, Representative, Fire Dept.
Virginia Johnson, Representative, Historical Society
Barbara and Doug Rowe, Members at Large
Linda Markey, Member at Large
Edward Cusson, Member at Large
Catherine Haddad, Member at Large
Joe and Maria Navin, Members at Large
Roland Simoneau, Member at Large