|April 24, 2012|
Chandler Centennial Celebration Weekend is May 17-19, 2012
The City of Chandler will celebrate its 100th birthday with three days of free activities, at three different locations, May 17, 18 and 19, 2012. Chandler’s Centennial Celebration Weekend will start with a birthday party at City Hall, followed by an evening of art and entertainment in the historic downtown, and concluding with a family friendly celebration, complete with fireworks, at Tumbleweed Park.
On Thursday, May 17, the Happy 100th Birthday, Chandler! celebration will commemorate the day that Dr. A.J. Chandler realized his vision for a master planned community in the Arizona desert and opened the Chandler townsite office. The area around that townsite office became the downtown square that remains today, and surrounds the park bearing Dr. Chandler’s name.
The birthday party will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on May 17, in the courtyard of the Chandler City Hall complex, at 175 S. Arizona Avenue. The free event will include entertainment, guest speakers, the dedication of the 2062 time capsule, history and art exhibits, crafts for children, and plenty of birthday cake. Mayor Jay Tibshraeny will also recognize former mayors and council members, the winners of the Birthday Cake Design Contest, along with several of Chandler’s current centenarians. Centennial shirts and other merchandise will also be on sale.
The following evening, May 18, the monthly Friday night Art Walk will expand for 100 Artists Celebrating 100 Years, a free festival of art, music and dance from 4 to 10 p.m. The works of at least 100 local painters, sculptors, jewelers, photographers, and other artists will fill the downtown square on the west side of Arizona Avenue. In addition to viewing history displays, visitors can also pick up a free copy of a limited edition cookbook, the “Southside History Cookbook,” on a first come, first served basis beginning at 8 p.m. Former Mayor Coy Payne will also be on hand to sign copies of the cookbook.
The Centennial Celebration Weekend culminates with the Chandler Bash of the Century on Saturday, May 19, from 4 to 10 p.m., at Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Road. Chandler residents are encouraged to bring their families and friends to the park, along with their blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic supplies (no alcohol) for a free afternoon and evening of fun and entertainment, including a grand finale fireworks display at 9 p.m.
Several outstanding local bands will entertain the crowd, and vendors will offer a variety of food, be