Hope Township celebrates its 250th anniversary with a weekend full of events, including a parade, walking tours and more.
Hope is an amazing town, with incredible people and a long history, and the community plans to celebrate its history September 20-22, 2019.
Festivities start Friday, Sept. 20 with a dinner at The Inn at Millrace Pond. Numerous area restaurants, breweries, and wineries are showing off their best dishes and drinks. (SOLD OUT)
On Saturday, Sept. 21, first up at 8:30 a.m. is Breakfast at the Grange hall, $10 Adults and $5 Children 10 & under. Additional events are a Walking Tour departing 10 a.m. from the Community Center ($10); Tours of the Swayze Cemetery (10 a.m. to 12 p.m.); and a Quilting Open House at United Methodist Church (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
At 1 p.m. Saturday, the 250th Anniversary Parade steps off, concluding at Hope School where from 2 to 6 p.m. a picnic will be held with food and beverages available for purchase.
Other Saturday afternoon activities include Tours & Demonstrations at Hope Museum (2 to 5 p.m.); Horse-drawn Carriage Rides from the Community Center (2 to 5 p.m.); another Walking Tour from the Community Center (4 p.m., $10); Historic Videos at the Community Center (6 p.m.); and a final Walking Tour from the Community Center (7 p.m., $10).
On Sunday, September 22, Hope pays tribute to its roots as a Moravian community with a 10:30 a.m. Moravian Worship Service held outdoors at Hope School. At 1:30 p.m. there will be a Wreath Laying ceremony at Moravian Cemetery, followed by another Wreath Laying ceremony at Swayze Cemetery at 2 p.m. From 2 to 5 p.m., Hope Junction Antiques will host Tea & Scones, while there will be an Open Hearth Cooking demontration, using 18th and early 19th century techniques and equipment, at the corner of Lake Justit Road and Route 519, also from 2 to 5 p.m. There is a limit of 8 people at a time for the demonstration, so reservations are required to attend.
Reservations for all of the tours and other ticketed events can be made by clicking here.
For more information about the 250th anniversary, please see www.hope250.com.