By Beau Dusz
Special to the Beacon Journal
WADSWORTH: On March 1, 1814, Wadsworth Heritage, a book that chronicles local history, notes that the first tree was felled to begin the settlement of what is now the city of Wadsworth.
To commemorate that event, the city will celebrate its bicentennial, with the official start March 15 with First Night Wadsworth.
Mayor Robin Laubaugh said First Night Wadsworth will be held downtown with multiple activities and performances at different sites.
“There is something for everyone and an evening in which everyone will want to participate,” she said.
Commemorative memorabilia is available to enhance the bicentennial celebration. A pewter ornament, a 2014 calendar and a picture history of Wadsworth specially made for the bicentennial, a bicentennial badge, a T-shirt and other books can be ordered through www.Wadsworth200.com, the bicentennial website.
In addition to the memorabilia now available, reservations for a series of six historic teas at various Wadsworth homes are being taken. Seating is limited.
Forms to reserve a spot at one or more of the teas can be obtained at Three Roses Gift Boutique and City Hall in downtown Wadsworth and at Wadsworth Community Television at the city’s Community Center on School Drive.
More information on the teas can be obtained by calling 330-334-4835.
Other events scheduled during the year include historic luncheons, historical speakers, a community picnic, Founder’s Day celebration weekend, a homecoming/tailgate party, a bicentennial ball and a Christmas sing-along.
“We are looking for a fun-packed year of celebration,” Laubaugh said.
A list of the events and dates can be found at the bicentennial website.