By Jasmine Watts
The Mason Times
On March 9, 1865, the government signed Public Act 125, which incorporated Mason as a village. Mason celebrates its 150th birthday this year.
The kick-off for the sesquicentennial celebration will be at 6 p.m. March 9 in the council chambers and community room.
There will be a performance by the color guard, reenactments from the 1860s, proclamations by government officials, and a video from U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) to the city.
Michigan Rep. Tom Cochran and county board of commissioners will be present.
“I look forward to attending the sesquicentennial celebration,” said Kierra Hughley, a 20-year-old Mason resident.
Other performances at the sesquicentennial celebration include the Mason High School choir and local artist Dewey Longuski with his song “Making Mason Memories,” which has become the official song of the sesquicentennial.
“This is a very exciting time for our city,” said Marlon Brown, mayor pro tem.
Winners from the College Essay Club’s essay contest for Mason’s 8th graders will be announced and will read their essays.
A historical journal of Mason by Rebecca Clinton will be available for $15.
“Its great that the community is so involved with the 150 year celebration,” said Vivian Ferguson, a retired teacher from Mason.
Two buildings in Mason that have been around since the 1860s have been vacant for more than a decade, 124 Ash St. and 140 Ash St. They are now being rehabilitated with the help of the city, Chamber of Commerce, and the Historical Society. The two buildings’ grand openings are also on March 9, as part of the sesquicentennial celebration.
March 9 is just the kick-off celebration for the sesquicentennial. There will be more events and activities in honor of Mason’s 150th birthday for the rest of the year.