Opening Ceremony for Darien’s 1820-2020 Bicentennial on Friday at Town Hall

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Amid monumental murals depicting key events from Darien’s history, the town will kick off its Bicentennial year with a glittering celebration to formally launch the town’s 200th birthday year celebrations. — an announcement from the Darien Bicentennial Committee

“This celebration is all about getting the community fired up with hometown pride,” said Miller. “Set against the backdrop of the WPA murals depicting momentous events from our town’s history, the auditorium at Town Hall is the perfect venue.”

The event will include special guest presentations, including performances by Darien High School’s Tudor Singers, and a keynote address by Darien’s Scott Pelley, award-winning correspondent with 60 Minutes and author of Truth Worth Telling: A Reporter’s Search for Meaning in the Stories of our Times. When doors open at Town Hall at 6:30 p.m., a slideshow presentation will feature old photographs from the collection of the Darien Historical Society and the Tudor Singers will perform special selections. Members of Scouts BSA Troop 53 will open the formal program at 7 p.m. with the presentation of the colors.

Three DHS Juniors Designed This Winning Darien Bicentennial Logo

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The town received an early Friday present today with the unveiling of a new bicentennial logo, a collaborative effort of three Darien High School juniors. “Your work will live on long after this celebration,” First Selectman Jayme Stevenson told the students after the logo was unveiled during a special meeting of the 2020 Bicentennial Subcommittee on Wednesday. “A hundred years from now, when the community is planning its next big celebration, they will look back to your work to see what was done during the bicentennial.”

Featuring a navy blue town map with a gold 200 in its center and set against a cerulean banner, the logo was designed by three high school juniors: Charlie Callery, Will Henry Harmon and Kelly Niederreither. Earlier this year, the students submitted initial designs for the bicentennial logo contest, which was organized by the subcommittee under the leadership of Sarah Lexow Keena, who is coordinating bicentennial programs for the town’s youth. West Bielstein, a graphic artist and 2014 graduate of Darien High School, worked with the students to create an electronic format of their design.

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Town Bicentennial Committee Formed, Applications for More Members Welcome

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With the 200th anniversary of Darien officially becoming a town in 1820, the town has established a Bicentennial committee to organize celebrations, First Selectman Jayme Stevenson announced at a Board of Selectmen meeting last week. If you have an interest, you’re welcome to volunteer. Just contact the First Selectman’s Office. “A committee has been formed, and we welcome any additional committee members to begin the planning for the town’s bicentennial, which will happen in the year 2020,” Stevenson said. The first selectman said she asked others if they would volunteer for the committee, and David Pollet and Tracey Root both joined up and are organizing the effort through the town Monuments and Ceremonies Commission.