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Speeches, parties, time capsule, Art Walk, beards, old cars among highlights Birthday cake, singing and confetti are the trappings of many birthday parties –particularly one for a 100-year-old – and thousands of Chandler residents enjoyed their community’s first century with three days of events.


Chandler Centennial wraps up three big days


‘Happy Birthday,’ letter for 2062 The festivities began on the afternoon of Thu., May


17, with the “Happy 100th Birthday, Chandler!” party at City Hall. Attendees enjoyed free food, history presentations and musical entertainment by students from Basha Elementary School, Chandler High School and the Chandler Centennial Choir. Longtime resident Corley Haggarton spoke to the crowd about Dr. A.J. Chandler and the founding of the community. Several former Chandler mayors attended, including Boyd Dunn, Jerry Brooks, Jim Patterson and Kenny Thomas. Mayor Jay Tibshraeny shared with the crowd portions


of a letter he wrote to the mayor of Chandler 50 years from now, in 2062. The letter is one of the many items


TIME IN A BOTTLE: City officials dedicate the new above-ground time capsule. Submitted photo courtesy City of Chandler


YUM: Two of the Chandler Centennial birthday cakes, from Bashas’ Family of Stores, top, and Tenay Travis, right. STSN photo


Centennial cake decorating contests. Chandler resident Tenay Travis won the individual contest, while the Bashas’ Family of Stores contest honors were shared by two stores, Food City at Arizona Avenue and Ray Road, and Bashas’ at Gilbert and Chandler Heights roads.


FOR POSTERITY: Some of the items in the time capsule, recently on display at the Vision Gallery, include copies of the SanTan Sun News, as well as the original Ocotillo News. STSN photo


B’DAY SINGERS: Students from Basha Elementary School performed at the recent Chandler Centennial festivities. STSN photo


that will be sealed within the Centennial Time Capsule, which was unveiled at the event. The evening concluded with the singing of “Happy Birthday” and recognition for the winners of the


Art Walk, recipes delight residents Day two on Fri., May 18, featured an expanded version of the monthly Art Walk in downtown Chandler. The “100 Artists Celebrating 100 Years” festival attracted a large crowd on Friday evening for music on three stages, food vendors and art and crafts booths. In addition to history displays, the Art Walk included the debut of “Southside Neighborhood: 100 Years of Recipes and Stories,” a cookbook with a mix of history and recipes from families who lived in a small neighborhood south of the downtown area. Several hundred people waited in line to get their


free copy of the book autographed by former Mayor Coy Payne, who grew up in the neighborhood. The book is also online at www.chandleraz.gov/cookbook.


SEE Chandler Centennial PAGE 5


www.SanTanSun.com


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