It was May 1992, and Aberdeen was celebrating its centennial!
What did we do? Oh, yes, that was a lot to do!
On Friday, May 15, 1992, there was an "old-fashioned" fashion show and dinner, presented by the Aberdeen Lioness Club at the Colonel's Choice Restaurant. The centennial theme was used by the hostesses and models dressed in period costumes. A 100-year-old beaded chiffon formal dress and a 60-year-old wedding gown were featured.
From Monday, May 18 to June 3, Atlantic Federal S & L at 201 W. Bel Air Ave., had an exhibition of 50 restored photos depicting Aberdeen's past displayed in the lobby. The show moved to Festival Park on June 6 to be part of the celebration activities.
From May 27 to 29, at Aberdeen High School Auditorium, "Pride in Our Past, Faith in Our Future," an original historical pageant written and produced by Karen Costanzi, was performed by a cast of locals in singing, acting and dancing roles.
On Saturday, May 30, 1992, the Centennial Committee sponsored a town-wide community yard sale.
On Saturday, May 30, at 8 p.m., at Aberdeen High School Auditorium, an amateur talent production showcased Aberdeen's most gifted people performing a variety of musical acts. Capt'n Jim of WAMD was the emcee.
On Sunday, May 31, at the Community Services Building, a 5K run/1 mile walk designed for participants of all ages began at 8 a.m. The runner's course was a flat loop through town. The walkers' course went through Aberdeen's historical sites and ended at Festival Park.
From June 1 to June 4, senior citizen events were sponsored by the Golden Age Club.
At noon on Monday, June 1, the Aberdeen Rotary Club had a luncheon at Festival Park.
The Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce had an open house Luncheon on Wednesday, June 4, 1992.
Big event on June 5, 1992! The USO Revival Reception and Dance at the Senior Center, which those days was at the former USO, memorabilia and photos of the World War II days were displayed. Dancing began late at the Aberdeen Fire Department Hall, with nostalgic music of that era provided by Chuck Baker's Orchestra. What fun that was!
Then the big blockbuster centennial parade began at noon on Saturday, June 6, 1992. More than 500 Boumi Temple Shriners provided a quarter-mile of marchers, including a Highland band, clowns, equestrian units and color guards.
Aberdeen's organizations were represented with floats, bands and walking groups, and the Colts Band and the Aberdeen High School Band proudly marched down West Bel Air Avenue. The Lord Provost of Aberdeen, Scotland, was the grand marshal. Vi and Cal Ripken Sr. were the honorary grand marshals.
Before the parade, beginning at 8 a.m., there were 200 antique cars and 50 classic motorcycles "cruised" the Beards Hill Plaza from all over the state!
Then, after the parade, there was a Centennial Festival in Festival Park. There were frog-jumping contests and lots of good food. Elementary school choruses performed and there were Boumi Temple acts.
At 9 p.m., gigantic fireworks, shown at the high school, were the grand finale to the centennial celebration, and WAMD broadcasted the festivities!
What a celebration!