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May 22nd, 2013

Beacon marks 100th anniversary with Centennial Kick-off event

Music legend Pete Seeger performs during "Beacon Rocks" as the City of Beacon celebrated its Centennial on Saturday, May 18, 2013 with a musical concert in Memorial Park. Hudson Valley Press/CHUCK STEWART, JR.

BEACON - May 15, 2013 marked the 100th anniversary the City of Beacon became incorporated. This incorporation brought together the villages of Matteawan and Fishkill Landing which were among the first communities in Dutchess County.

With a mix of history, commerce, arts, attractions, and diversity, the City of Beacon will be celebrating their 100th year with planned events running throughout 2013. Leading the year-long celebration was the Beacon Turns 100: Centennial Kick-Off Celebration which included various events running last week and ending with a Music Festival "Beacon Rocks" in Memorial Park.

Last week’s Kick-Off Events included: Wed, May 15th - Church Bells, Beacon Turns 100: Time Capsule Ceremony & Celebration Dinner; Thurs, May 16th - Roast Mayor Casale: Comedy Jam; Fri, May 17th - 100 Years Strong: Beacon Birthday Bash; and Sat, May 18th - A March Through Time: Centennial Celebration Parade & Music Festival headlined by Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, with performances by Pete Seeger and several local musicians previously featured on The Rutigliano Group’s award-winning "Beacons of Music" public art project.

The parade included the High School Marching Band, Beacon Fire Department, antique cars, church groups, a time line of the city, and a host of dignitaries including Mayor Randy Casale, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, State Senator Terry Gipson, and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro.

Organizers expected more than 3,000 people from Beacon and all over the region to Memorial Park for the nine hours of incredible music.

There will also be a commemorative publication according to organizers. The Beacon Centennial Book will celebrate the past 100 years and highlights the people, organizations and businesses which have contributed in significant ways to the community.In hard cover, the 170 page book features historical and full color photographs, narratives and articles written by over one hundred individuals and organizations.

The book will be for sale at Centennial events and along Main Street. All profits from the sale of the book will go towards the city’s Centennial year celebrations.

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