Hawthorn Boro Centennial Kicks Off June 10

CentennialHAWTHORN BORO, Pa. – In less than a month, Hawthorn Boro will be in the midst of its centennial celebration.

This year marks the 100 year anniversary of the official borough incorporation, although Hawthorn (formerly known as West Millville) was in existence many years before 1916.

Hawthorn has a rich and intriguing history that has been showcased in the two fundraising items that will be featured to underwrite the expenses for the celebration – a 2-quart utensil crock and a 200-page commemorative book featuring vintage photos and informative stories.

The borough will be celebrating June 10 to June 12.

The celebration will begin with a Festival of Music at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, June 10, at the United Methodist Church at the corner of Main and Center Streets, featuring area talent.

An old-fashioned ice cream social will be held in the social room of the church.

Local author Barbara Michel will be featured with her latest books, and the Leatherwood Band will be providing music throughout the evening.

Saturday’s schedule of events will begin with a 5K race/walk sponsored by the Hawthorn Fire Company at 8:30 a.m. Applications are available online or the morning of the event at the fire hall.

The Firemen’s parade will begin at noon. The company is looking for area organizations and individuals to enter floats, etc. To register, contact Les Aaron at 814-365-5029.

A dance featuring an area DJ will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the fire hall. Former queens and princesses will be recognized and a new Firemen’s queen will be crowned.

Craft and food vendors will be showcased in the side parking lot at the fire hall from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Jumpees for children and teens will be available from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.

There will be fireworks supported by Falcon Abstract at 10:30 p.m.

Sunday’s events begin at 10:00 a.m. with an outdoor community church service in the parking area of the Church of the Nazarene on Chestnut Street. The three community churches will be conducting the open-air service. (The service will be held indoors in case of inclement weather)

The afternoon will feature a car cruise-in on Main Street, with vendors and jumpees near the fire hall in the center of town from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Rod and Gun Club will have a Duck race at the Don Hinderliter Memorial Boat Launch at the bridge on Redbank Creek at 1:00 p.m.

At 3:00 p.m., Chinese auction items will be awarded, and there will be an auction of several items, including Commemorative Hawthorn crocks numbers 1-5 and a custom crafted fishing rod donated by Clyde “Sonny” Dovenspike. To donate items for the auction, contact borough president Malinda Little at 814-365-2193.

Tickets for the jumpees and the Chinese auction can be purchased at the fire hall during festival hours each day. All Chinese auction and other auction items will be on display at the fire hall during festival hours. In addition to the outdoor food vendors, the fire company will be preparing and serving food in the fire hall.

The featured 2016 Hawthorn Centennial book and commemorative crocks will also be available during the festivities. Books are $30.00 and crocks are $40.00.

The book, compiled and written by Peggy Neill Bish, Lucinda Morgan, and Lois Moranville, is respectfully dedicated to the memory of Myrna Joy LeVier, who birthed the idea of a centennial celebration many months before her untimely death in 2015.

(Article submitted by Peggy Neill Bish)

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