Lewiston’s bicentennial celebration kicked off Friday with the ringing of bells at the Red Brick Municipal Building and village churches. Community members joined local elected leaders and event organizers, clapping and cheering outside the former schoolhouse. Trustee Nick Conde tolled the bell for two minutes, signifying the municipality’s first 200 years.
Then, “The Summer of ’69” christened the new Alphonso I. DiMino Memorial Band Shell at Academy Park. Crowds lined the field for the popular Lewiston Council on the Arts concert. Artistic Director Eva Nicklas welcomed the audience.
Along the periphery, vendors including The Yummmm Truck and Brickyard Brewing Company offered refreshments and merchandise.
On Saturday, activities began with a parade down Center Street. Participants included marching bands, dance studios, first responders, local businesses and elected leaders. In the afternoon, the Alphonso I. DiMino Memorial Band Shell was dedicated at Academy Park. Following some remarks from Tops owner Anthony DiMino and Mayor Anne Welch, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra performed in front of a vast crowd.
Bicentennial programming continues through Monday. For more information:
DAY 1 PHOTOS:
Emcee and Town of Lewiston Clerk Donna Garfinkel
Eamon Weber, left, representing Assemblyman Angelo Morinello and New York State Sen. Rob Ortt, presented proclamations to Village of Lewiston Mayor Anne Welch and Town of Lewiston Supervisor Steve Broderick.
Trustee Nick Conde rings the bell.
Conde and Welch
The Brickyard team
Team Yummmm Truck
"Summer of '69"
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