Guttenberg held its final public event commemorating the town’s 150th anniversary this past Saturday. Safe Kids Day, which has been run annually for eight years, was followed by an outdoor concert by the Bronx Wanderers on Oct. 10.
Mayor Gerald Drasheff estimated that around 1,000 people attended the day, which featured attractions and games for children, free popcorn and cotton candy, and visits from the Guttenberg Police Department and the North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue. The event took place from noon to 5 p.m. along John F. Kennedy Boulevard East.
“It was one of the best performances we had.” Gerald Drasheff
“It was raining when we were setting up, but by the time we started, the weather pulled for us and we had a beautiful, sunny day,” said Drasheff.
He said that while they got lucky with the weather, the event was the perfect example of how badly the town needs its own recreation center. He said the town’s proposed joint school extension/recreation center is high on his agenda.
After Safe Kids Day, a few sheet cakes were brought out. Children sang “Happy Birthday” to the town and blew out the candles on the cake.
At 6:30 p.m., the Bronx Wanderers performed for the last public outdoor concert this year. A $3,000 donation from TD Bank financed the show.
“It was one of the best performances we had,” said Drasheff.
The town hosted its 150th Anniversary Dinner Dance on Oct. 16, for adults. In fact, a group of friends who used to live in Guttenberg used the event as their yearly reunion. Around 175 guests attended.
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