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250th committee hosting event for businesses, organizations

SOUTHWICK – The Celebrate Southwick 250th Committee is hosting an open house event on Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium at the Southwick Town Hall.

This is open to the public and the committee strongly encourages any business, civic group, church group, and other organization in town to attend. According to committee member Russ Fox, it’s an opportunity for businesses and organizations to learn more about what the 250th committee is doing to prepare for the year-long celebration and what events they’re offering.

250th Committee Chairman Jim Putnam and member Russ Fox are discussing the 250th celebration during a past meeting at the Southwick Town Hall. (WNG File Photo)

“We can talk about some of the things that we’re planning to do next year,” said Fox.

One of the intentions from the committee is to partner with businesses and organizations in order to promote both the business and the 250th celebration.

“We want to kind of embrace the other activities that are already going on in town and maybe add a 250th flavor to them,” said 250th committee Chairman Jim Putnam.

So far, the 250th committee has partnered with Westfield River Brewery, who is making a special 250th beer, and Run Southwick, a non-profit organization that is hosting a road race that has a 250th theme.

Fox also said that the event on Monday will also feature a presentation to give people a summarized idea of what the 250th committee is and what their purpose is.

It’s not just businesses and organizations that are encouraged to attend the open house, Fox and Putnam would like to see people throughout the community attend and propose any ideas they have.

“We’d love to pack the place,” said Fox.

The town of Southwick will be celebrating its 250th anniversary in 2020 with celebratory events kicking off in November of 2019. The town was incorporated as a separate community on November 7, 1770 and the committee’s plan is to have an event each month.

Some of the events that are already confirmed to take place during the year-long celebration includes a First Night on New Year’s eve December 31, 2019, a St. Patrick’s Day pub crawl in March, a boat parade in the summer, and a parade on October 10, 2020.

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