Supporting Community Development in the Lebanon Valley
What is NL200?
NL 200 is the name given to the year-long celebration of the 200th Anniversary of New Lebanon’s Incorporation in 2018. We are building on this milestone to broaden town cohesion, instill pride and stimulate economic development.
NL200 wants to be a conduit for connecting the town's diverse business, nonprofit, cultural and agricultural organizations. We want to promote New Lebanon as a regional destination by offering celebratory programs and events.
Who is involved in this effort?
The New Lebanon Town Board and Grow the Valley, Inc., have formed a Steering Committee, which includes the Town Historian, members of the Lebanon Valley Historical Society and other business and community development groups,.
The steering committee is responsible for overall event planning and coordination, publicity, public relations, and fundraising. There is a well-developed branding campaign featuring beautiful, iconic image designs. However, the success of NL200 will rely on individuals and groups in the community who step forward to champion specific events and projects.
What we are planning?
The true anniversary of the town’s incorporation is April 21, 2018. However, the Steering Committee has roughed out a year-round calendar with proposed activities around history, nature, business, culture and fun:
Winter– “teaser” events to stimulate interest and raise funds such as a New Year “kickoff,“ an $18.18 restaurant week, a town “passport”, post office cancellation stamp, and outdoor winter activities.
April – official bicentennial opening with guest speakers, public officials, community leaders, historians, educators and longtime residents; a reenactment of the town’s incorporation, and a Showboat dinner dance.
May to September – events tied to Memorial Day, Music in the Park, and school-sponsored activities. Some specific ideas include a dress-up parade of famous visitors to the Valley; a time capsule; and a town family photo (via drone). Community organizations can orient their regularly-scheduled programs and activities toward a bicentennial theme.
Fall – A large-scale “closing” event, possibly including fireworks.
To raise awareness and to publicize bicentennial programs and events: Bicentennial themed banners will be posted on roadways across town. The Town Board is funding the brackets and the Steering Committee is raising funds for the banners themselves. A series of bicentennial postcards will be made available. A cancellation stamp will be provided to the Post Office. A commemorative program listing programs, events, sponsors and donors will be produced in tandem with the April anniversary events.
What can you do?
How can you do that?
Provide ideas for additional celebratory programs and activities.
Take charge of one of the listed bicentennial events or, if you are an organization or business, create your own event or program.
Volunteer for one of the planning/implementation committees: local business involvement; non-profit organization in involvement; April dinner dance; Community Picnic, Fall event; Passport Project; Public Relations; and Fundraising.
For more Information you can contact our Steering Committee Co-Chairs: