I Love Elmira: Celebrating Elmira's 150th

As the New Year comes upon us, Elmira is approaching an exciting milestone. The city of Elmira will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2014 with events throughout the year. During this sesquicentennial year, both the City’s rich heritage and bright future will be honored.

Elmira's 150th Anniversary Events

January 13, 2014: City Council will adopt a resolution announcing the 150th anniversary celebration of Elmira.

January 18, 2014: Happy Birthday, Elmira! cocktail party at the Clemens Center.

February 9, 2014: Park Church to Commemorate Thomas K. Beecher’s Birthday

March 1, 2014: A Cantana Singers Celebration: 50 Years of Concerts and Comissions

March 9, 2014: Women of Woodlawn Cemetery

March 27, 2014: Taste of Downtown, Arnot Art Museum, 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 

April 5, 2014: Community Arts of Elmira and Vintage Fashionistas present: A Sesquicentennial Soiree

April 7, 2014: Re-enactment of the signing of Elmira's Charter, 7:00 p.m., City Hall, prior to City Council Meeting.

April 27, 2014: George Reed Jazz Concert IV, Park Church at 3:00 p.m.

May 3 & 4, 2014: Anniversary of Camp Chemung, All Day

May 25th - September 25th: 18th Annual Wisner Market on Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

June 7th, 2014: River Fest

June 14, 2014: Family Fun Day at Eldridge Park

June 26-28, 2014: Schweizer 75th Anniversary Homecoming at Harris Hill Glider Field & National Soaring Museum (Banquet on 26th at NSM from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.)

July 13th, 2014: "Elmira Blooms" Garden Tour

July 19-20th, 2014:  7th Annual Elmira Street Painting Festival

August 15, 2014: "Celebrate 150" on East Water Street in downtown Elmira featuring local talent, music, cuisine, crafts, organizations and history and the evening will end with an exciting display of fireworks.  

Event hours are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

August 16, 2014: 8th Annual Twin Tiers Jazz Festival at Wisner Park

August 23, 2014: Wine on the Tee presented by the Mark Twain Golf Course.  A refined wine tasting event featuring Regional Wineries, Craft Beer and Food Vendors on the grounds of the Mark Twain Golf Course, designed by Donald Ross. $30 per person or $50 per couple.

Event hours are 12:00 Noon - 6:00 p.m.

For more information, call (607)737-5770 or visit www.marktwaingolf.com.

September 1st - October 1st, 2014: Sesquicentennial Visual Arts Exhibition at Community Arts

November 1, 2014: Policeman's Ball, 7:00 pm at Elmira Community Arts Building, 413 Lake Street. Formal Attire. Music by Notre Dame HS Jazz Band. Hors D'oeuvres by Classic Cafe McClelland Catering. Beer & Wine by Wagner. Non-Alcoholic beverages by Wegmans. Tickets $40/person or $70/couple available at Elmira Police Department.

November 28, 2014: Annual Holiday Parade with a historical theme of Elmira: Past, Present, and Future celebrating Elmira's 150th.

December 7, 2014: Home for the Holidays Tour

Date TBD: ARTiculation, 15oth themed poetry in 11 Elmira Parks


For a complete listing of Elmira's 150th Events, please click here!


Elmira's 150th Anniversary Forms

Elmira groups and businesses are encouraged to submit their events for consideration as Signature Events in 2014. Signature Events are those which feature an anniversary celebration component. The incorporation of a Signature Event into your group’s calendar will place that event on the Sesquicentennial Event Calendar. In partnership, we ask that your group promote all Signature Events. To submit your event(s), please complete this form.

Elmira's 150th Anniversary Commemorative T-Shirts

Please click here to order a commemorative t-shirt or polo shirt featuring the Sesquicentennial Logo. Commemorative decals and pins are available for purchase at the Chemung Valley History Museum, 415 East Water Street in Elmira.

Promotional Materials for Elmira's 150th Anniversary

Click here to learn more about official logos available for download and the guidelines for their use.

 Application to Sponsor Commemorative Sesquicentennial Street Signs

Click here to view and download the application to sponsor one of the 56 available, permanently installed 150th Commemorative Street Signs in downtown Elmira.


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