The final weekend of Needham's tercentennial celebration is drawing near and Needham 300 has announced the details of events, which includes something for all ages, including a glittering gala, a dedication of Town Hall and an ecumenical town-wide service on the weekend of Nov. 5 and 6.
The weekend will begin with La Carnival—circus games for kids on the Town Common, which will include balloon sculptures and face painting. The event will run from 12:00-2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5.
At 3:00 p.m., the selectmen will formally dedicate the newly refurbished Town Hall, which has undergone a year of renovations. Tours of the building and entertainment will highlight this historic event.
Needham 300 will hold a mini gala that precedes the late night festivities for people who can’t stay out late. It will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the renovated grand hall on the second floor of Town Hall. Tickets for this two-hour, early bird event are $39. Refreshments will be served and the walls of Town Hall will be hung with works by members of the Needham Art Association.
The much-anticipated Needham 300 Gala will start at 8:00 p.m. with registration and champagne at Town Hall. A shuttle will then take participants over to Greene’s Field where a huge tent will host 1,000 guests with dancing until 1:00 a.m. There will be a cash bar, live music and hors d’oeuvres. Dress for the event is “creative semi-formal” allowing for those who would like to dress in period attire.
Tickets are $79 and are limited and expected to sell out quickly. They can be purchased by cash or check only and will be on sale beginning Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Harvest Fair at Memorial Park from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Other sale dates and locations include:
- Monday, Oct. 3 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Needham Historical Society
- Tuesday, Oct. 4 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Historical Society
- Saturday, Oct. 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Historical Society
Note: The tickets will be on sale during the latter times only if they have not sold out.
The final Needham 300 event will be an ecumenical community-wide service held at the First Parish Church at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6, the actual 300th anniversary of Needham’s founding. The entire community is welcome and encouraged to gather and give thanks for this wonderful town we call home.
Needham 300 is a nonprofit committee appointed by the selectmen and made up of Needham residents planning a year of festivities to celebrate the anniversary of Needham’s founding on Nov., 6, 1711. More information is available on the Web site at www.Needham300.org on Facebook at Needham300.