TRAVERSE CITY — Elmwood Township residents will celebrate the community’s upcoming birthday with a small open house set to kick off a year-long, sesquicentennial celebration.
The township was formed on Dec. 21, 1863, and residents will mark the 150-year anniversary on Saturday at noon in the gymnasium of the former Norris Elementary School on M-22 at Cherry Bend Road. The brief ceremony will include an invocation by Kent Anderson, pastor of West Bay Covenant Church, and remarks by township Supervisor Jack Kelly.
Harvey Norris, a direct descendant of one of the two prominent families associated with the township’s founding, will attend, and a commemorative ringing of the bells is tentatively planned. Historical photos will be on display and officials will unveil a proposed new township flag.
Kelly said events planned for 2014 include: a family ice fishing contest on Cedar Lake; a boat show at the township marina; an old timers’ baseball tournament, a youth sail boat races; sponsorship of the Scottville Clown Band in the Cherry Royale Parade and in concert, and potentially a beer and wine festival. Kelly said the township is working on a website to highlight all of its events for the year.