GRATIS — The Village of Gratis’ Bicentennial officially came to an end with the closing of its time capsule on Sunday, Oct. 8.
The capsule that was opened this past summer was closed after residents had the opportunity to put items of their choosing in. The capsule will not be opened again until 2067.
Following the bicentennial celebration in June, items in the capsule were left for viewing at the Gratis Library. The committee then announced residents could write letters and choose items to put back in the capsule. They had the opportunity up until the capsule was closed on Sunday, Oct. 8.
Prior to the official closing, the Gratis Bicentennial Committee had a large celebration planned which unfortunately had to be downsized due to rain. However, there was still a train bouncy house, musical performances, and food available. They also had bicentennial merchandise for purchase.
“We closed the time capsule today. Due to the rain we had to cancel and close down early, but we still had the band Fourth and York earlier. We had the big bouncy train and had souvenirs for sale,” Committee Co-Chair Robin Richardson said. “The bicentennial was an experience. It was fun and hopefully I’ll be here for the next one in the next 50 years, but who knows.
“Looking back and considering the people that we had helping, I am very proud of the bicentennial celebration that we held. I think we did a very good job at what we did. This was a very enjoyable experience.”
While the summer of bicentennial celebration is now closed with the fall, the Village of Gratis is still selling souvenirs. The village has bicentennial plates, books, t-shirts, and goody-bags. Bundle packs are also available.
Merchandise can be bought online at gratisoh.org or at the Gratis Village Offices.
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