Worth centennial celebration itinerary coming together
By Steve Metsch email@example.com February 19, 2014 9:26AM
The village of Worth, which is celebrating its 100th year, has created a centennial logo for the occasion. | Supplied image
For the 100th anniversary of Worth becoming a village, officials have something planned for every month for the rest of this year.
The Worth Centennial Committee and Village Trustee Colleen McElroy, who also is curator of the historical museum at the Worth Park District building, have put together plans that will keep the 100th-year theme at the forefront through December.
“What we’re trying to do is sending out reminders on all the different events,” McElroy said recently.
“April is kind of up in the air now. I’m trying to work on a Wendella boat tour right from our deck. That’s huge, considering all the development they’re doing along the Calumet Sag Channel, especially in Blue Island, these days,” she said.
“It depends on everything being unfrozen. And it opens the door to bringing people into Worth, too,” she said of the boat tour.
While some dates and details have yet to be determined, here’s the lineup as it stood last week:
A Boy Scout pancake breakfast will be held March 1 at the United Methodist Church, 7100 W. 112th St.
The boat tour on the Cal-Sag.
The village board meeting on May 20 will be what some may call “must-see government” as all the elected officials plan to dress in 1914-era clothing. The meeting will be held at Gale Moore Park, 109th and Nordica Avenue, with special activities after the meeting celebrating 100 days to the village’s actual birthday. The Worth Park District, 11500 S. Beloit Ave., will host an open house on May 22.
A barbershop quartet will entertain at the Worth Public Library Ice Cream Social, date to be determined, and American Legion Post No. 991 plans a summer music centennial concert.
The community picnic will be held at 6:30 p.m. July 3 at the community pavilion near 115th Street and the boat launch area. A community photograph will be taken so future generation can see how the centennial was celebrated.
The annual Worth Days celebration is set for Aug. 22 to 24, with the parade down 111th Street at noon Aug. 24. A big celebration of Worth’s birthday on Aug. 29 is planned. It involves cake. Details still are being worked out.
An ecumenical service is planned, along with the park district’s 5-kilometer Heritage Run. Krapil’s the Great Steak will host a community event, too.
It is the annual Haunts Against Hunger haunted house, and Police/Fire History Month.
A “Veterans of Worth” presentation will be made with Worth School District 127.
The annual Christmas tree lighting will be held at 111th Street and Harlem Avenue. And a documentary about the village, being filmed this year by Carol Banasiak, will make its debut.
Centennial T-shirts will be sold at the village hall and at events. Fleece shirts and mugs also will be made available for sale, McElroy said.
For more information about the centennial plans or for those interested in hosting an event, call the village hall at (708) 448-1181 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information about events can be found online by visiting www.villageofworth.com or on the “Worth, IL” page on Facebook.