|The theme for Fort Thomas' 150 sesquicentennial celebration is "Community is our business."|
Beginning in May seven different committee members, made of up nearly 50 people, began meeting monthly. "I must tell you, they are some of the most passionate, hard-working, excited people Fort Thomas has to offer," said Renaissance Manager and Economic Development Director for the City of Fort Thomas Debbie Buckley at the September 26 City Council meeting.
The most difficult goal? Coming up with a theme. For months committee members deliberated and even took to Facebook for suggestions. But finally, they came across a winner.
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Fort Thomas: Community is Our Business
"After it was read out loud to us, everyone at the meeting got giddy," Buckley says. "That was it! When you think about those words, they make perfect sense. Everything we do in this City is about community: our schools, our events, our parks, our streetscapes, our sports, our art. Fort Thomas is about community. Community is our business."
At the September 26 City Council meeting Buckley also discussed the Farm to Fort Dinner, which will be chaired by Courtney Shannon. "Colonel De and his crew of chefs are planning the menu," she said. "We will have a youth choir sing. We will be uncorking Jim Beam bourbon in honor of Fort Thomas that evening. We will honor some very special folks."
Caroline Stine is heading the retelling of the Pearl Bryan murder mystery in fringe theatre. Bob Heil is heading the committee to bring the sculpture of General Thomas to life through fundraisers throughout the year.
In addition to some special concerts, Buckley said the special events committee is working on an array of events for the week. "There is something for everyone in the family," she said. "Gentlemen, plan to grow your mustache and beard. Kids, plan to decorate your bikes. Everyone needs to plan for those races. We have art and photography contests. It will be old-fashioned fun."
The Campbell County YMCA also is helping out with the planning as the Fourth of July will fall in the middle of the festival.
"The history committee is doing some extra-special, high-tech historical events around the City," Buckley said. "Families will be able to showcase their own photo family trees. Students from our schools are involved in a Fort Thomas historical timeline. This group is going to wow everyone!"