Dedham 375 Steering Committee discussed possible upcoming events and announced their first event, “Cocktails with Cupid” at the Endicott Estate on Saturday, Feb. 12.
Sponsored by Katherine Endicott Foundation, the tickets for the event will be $37.50 each and will be from 7 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are available at the Endicott Estate, Total Image Day Spa, the Town Administrator’s office at Town Hall and Dedham Community Theatre.
Marie-Louise Kehoe, a co-chair of the committee, said she would meet with three institutions over the next week to discuss funding for potential events throughout the year.
The following suggestions were made at the meeting:
To extend invitations to surrounding to towns that were once a part of Dedham to the town wide barbeque or picnic.
“This will be the greatest cost,” said Kehoe.
They expect to be cautious with the number of people that would attend. The committee discussed giving out or charging $1 for bracelets that would allow admission to the event.
Residents would have to show a valid license at the where tickets are sold. “There will be more logistics in organizing this than the entire celebration," Kehoe said.
Nancy Baker, Brian Keaney, and Mayann Briggs volunteered to look into these ideas.
Co-chair Donna Greer, the Dedham Television executive director, wants to spearhead a media festival featuring television shows and movies that somehow involve Dedham. She will lead the effort in researching and finding any costs associated with showing films.
"We don’t want to someone to call us in to two years and charge us $25,000 because we screened a couple of episodes of Boston Legal," she said.
Debra Gately, Dedham Middle School prinicipal, said that they could have the students at the school write an essay that would encapsulate 375 reasons they love Dedham. Each kid would write at least one reason for their love of Dedham.
In the past, she said that students have produced a play and she suggested that students could take part in it as a summer drama project. Holly Armstrong, Oakdale School principal, recommended the some of it be recorded or video-taped. She recalled that at Oakdale they recorded CDs of children singing in chorus and said, “We made a lot of money."
Assistant Town Administrator Nancy Baker suggested as part of the 375th anniversary of Dedham they also include a commemorative ceremony for the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
She said they should have it on or around the 11th, invite local veterans, the families of veterans serving overseas, those intimately effected by 9/11 and the police and firefighter’s honor guards.