Sunday, July 6, 2008
Happy 150th Birthday, West Point!
I'll have to admit, I don't have too many pictures from this weekend because I was in most of the activities - the biggest being the Melodrama "North of West Point" written specifically for our Sesquicentennial celebration by John Burkhart of Lincoln. The melodrama basically tells the story of the founding of West Point - and it's actually pretty historically accurate - right down to the disputed vote between Catherine and DeWitt. What a success! We were "sold out" (even thought we didn't charge) for every performance! We even needed to add an unexpected noon show today - which was full too! It certainly a very rewarding experience.
Over the course of the weekend, I was able to take part in everything from a cruise night to the beard competition (I lost miserably, by the way), as well as a hot air balloon launch. There were also two fireworks shows that I'm sure rivaled any other show in the state.
The entire weekend was very well organized with plenty of events for everyone. To get an idea of what went on, check out West Point's 150th page. I must say that after everything was said and done, I found myself feeling very proud to be a part of this community and to play the part of it's founder, John Neligh. West Point has a fascinating history, a prosperous present, and a very hopeful future. I'm privileged to be a part of it.