Perry 200 Sailing Season Brochure
Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie and the War of 1812.
Sailing Season 2013 Produced by the Perry 200 Commission and the Jefferson Educational Society Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812 and the Battle of Lake Erie Ahoy! All Citizens of Erie As the nation continues to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812, it is also once again time for the Erie area to recall its pivotal role in winning the famous battle of Lake Erie. Perry 200 Commemoration While the actual battle was fought 150 miles away near Put-in-Bay, Ohio, the U.S. fleet, which won the victory, was constructed timber by timber in the protected harbor of Erie, primarily through the efforts of Erie citizen Daniel Dobbins. It was Dobbins, who seeing the danger of British control of Lake Erie, persuaded President James Madison to build a fleet at Erie that could challenge and defeat the great Royal Navy. Under Commodore Oliver H. Perry, the Erie-made fleet did more than just challenge the British! They decisively defeated them on September 10, 1813 in one of America’s few great victories during the War of 1812 and Erie, then a tiny town of less than 500 people, had its greatest moment on the national stage as Perry informed the nation, “We have met the enemy and they are ours.” In Brigadoon-like fashion, Erie has twice held stirring celebrations of its special role during the War of 1812, first in the Centennial Victory Celebration of 1913, and then once again in the 1963 Sesquicentennial. Now it is our turn to make the Perry 200 Commemoration worthy of the ones held in 1913 and 1963. We, therefore, entrusted with creating a memorable event that will set the standard for future ones, would greatly appreciate your interest, support, and assistance, ensuring that we pay proper homage to those who gave us this great occasion. Sincerely, 3207 State Street • Erie, PA 16508 814-459-8000 2 www.Perry200.com r. Thomas B. Hagen County Executive Barry Grossman Mayor Joe Sinnott M Honorary Chairman Honorary Chairman Honorary Chairman 3 Past Erie Perry Commemorations Twice before, the people of Erie marked their historic and crucial role in the War of 1812 and the Battle of Lake Erie with both spectacular celebrations and impressive planning. The centerpiece of the Perry Centennial Celebration was the Brig Niagara, raised from Presque Isle’s Misery Bay. Oliver Hazard Perry’s former flagship was displayed at the public dock every day during the celebration. After the exhibition in Erie, another historic Erie-built ship, the USS Michigan, towed the Niagara to other commemorations around the Great Lakes from Buffalo to Green Bay. The centennial included five different parades saluting the navy, fraternal and uniform organizations, and the merchants and manufacturers of the city. People lined the sidewalks, often ten deep. There also was a grand illumination of Perry Square and the greatest fireworks display ever see in the community. Renowned planner John Nolen, the father of American urban planning, was brought to Erie in 1913 to design plans for a “Greater Erie.” The Nolen plans that emerged recommended that Erie create new patterns for city zoning and parks. Nolen also stressed Erie’s Bayfront was the city’s “great Jewel” and belonged to the entire community, not just the railroads and shippers. Nolen said... The final word in city planning is not its effect on business and commerce, but upon the increasing mass of human beings who must live and work in the cities. 4 At the heart of the Perry Sesquicentennial Celebration was the recognition of “150 years of peaceful borders” between the U.S. and Canada. The big event was the presentation of the Erie historama From These Shores, which featured a cast of 600 actors performing on the area’s largest outdoor stage at Academy Stadium. The pageant was a series of sketches reflecting Erie’s history and culture. An on-stage re-enactment of the Battle of Lake Erie, complete with fireworks, closed each of the twenty-four performances. For opening ceremonies, NBC’s The Tonight Show star Jack Parr presented Miss Sesquicentennial ( Joan Bierley) to Governor William Scranton, who crowned her queen. That evening the governor lit the spotlights on the refurbished Perry Memorial Monument on Presque Isle. Renovations to Perry’s Flagship Niagara, delayed by the postdepression economy, were finished just in time for the first day. Dignitaries, including Governor John Chaffee of Perry’s home state of Rhode Island, rode in a motorcade to Dobbins Landing and opened the Niagara exhibit. Adding to the Sesquicentennial celebrations was once again a plan for Erie’s future. Internationally renowned planner Maurice Rotival, a native of France, was hired by a group of Erie businessmen to draft a vision for revitalizing the Erie Area. Rotival envisioned Erie as the centerpiece of… a modern, commercial, and cultural center serving Northwestern Pennsylvania… with a Bayfront Expressway, and a future built around the waterfront and a revitalized downtown. The Rotival plan was instrumental in creating the Water Authority, the Port Authority, the Airport Authority and insuring Erie’s connection to Pittsburgh, Interstate I-79. 5 Perry 200 Launch Season Attendance 2012 300 Opening Flag Raising Ceremony at Perry Elementary School 4/30/2012 The “Launch Season” of the Perry 200 Commemoration, under the auspices of the Jefferson Educational Society, carried a mission to educate, create awareness, and to build community pride in our national and local historic legacy by focusing on the War of 1812 and the Battle of Lake Erie. In all, the Perry 200 and the JES raised nearly $1.8 million for the two year celebration. The Perry 200 reintroduction of the study of Erie History in five Erie School District schools was met with great success. A revised program for 2013 has been prepared for 13 schools in the Erie School District, as well as other districts in the County and private and parochial schools. Overall, the launch season drew nearly 100,000 community members to events from April through October. 2012 Launch Season Attendance Figures 300 Opening Flag Raising Ceremony at Perry Elementary School (4/30/2012) 127 JES Lecture: Andrew Jackson and the Battle of New Orleans (5/1/12) 113 JES Lecture: The Music of the War of 1812 (5/2/2012) 83 JES Lecture: The Resurrection of the Flagship Niagara (5/3/2012) 700 (approx.) Navy Band Concert (6/1/2012) 27 Historical Tour: Gettysburg/Shanksville (6/11/12 – 6/12/12) 4,000 Crosby, Stills and Nash Concert (6/23/12) Attendance 350 Memorial Tribute in the H.O. Hirt Auditorium 9/23/2012 1,800 (approx.) U.S. Army Band Concert (6/26/12) 27 Historical Tour: Old Fort Erie Battlefield Tour (6/30/2012) 750 (approx.) Star Spangled Salute Concert (7/1/12) 7,000 (approx.) 4th of July Picnic in the Park and Fireworks 6 90,000 Estimated viewers of the fireworks over the bay 287 Historical Society Exhibit - Building, Salvaging, Celebrating: Erie’s Relationship with the 1812 Lake Erie Fleet (7/7/12 – 9/1/12) (Free Saturdays) 33 Historical Tour: Monticello/Washington D.C. (8/30/12 – 9/1/12) 1,100 WQLN Family Day (9/8/12) 350 Community Sail and Memorial Tribute (9/23/12) 450 Perry 200 Week lectures (10/15/12 – 10/19/12) Attendance 450 Perry 200 Week lectures 10/15/12 – 10/19/12 Dr. Donald Hickey speaking during Perry 200 Week at the Jefferson Educational Society. Additional speakers included Pulitzer Prize winner Alan Taylor, Ph.D., David Skaggs, Ph.D.,and Carola Hein, Ph.D. (Photo Courtesy of GoErie.com) 7 Perry 200 Sailing Season 2013 2013 Sailing Season Schedule of Events 8 Opening Week of the Perry 200 in 2013 Sunday, April 28 – Sunday, May 5, 2013 Sunday, April 28 – Sunday, May 5 Opening Week of the Perry 200 in 2013 “Jefferson Hosts Perry” Saturday, May 25 Erie’s Unknown Soldiers and Sailors from the Battle of Lake Erie Memorial Dedication Erie Cemetery, 2116 Chestnut Street Saturday, May 25 Grand Patriotic Parade Downtown Erie Monday, May 27 - Monday, September 2 S.O.N.S of Lake Erie Fishing Challenge Public Accessible Waters of Erie County Tuesday, June 25 - Sunday, June 30 Erie Playhouse Community Pageant: “The Spirit of Erie” Erie Bayfront Convention Center Thursday, July 4 ECGRA Fireworks Extravaganza Fireworks launched from four different Erie County locations Thursday, July 11 - Sunday, July 14 45th Annual Erie Arts Festival Erie Bayfront Convention Center Saturday, August 24 - Sunday, August 25 Erie International Airport Aviation Gala & Open House Weekend Erie International Airport Interfaith Luncheon at the Jefferson Educational Society Monday, April 29 at 11:30 a.m. Erie’s diversity, both in its people and faith, has helped to unite and strengthen our community. To celebrate and build on this strength, an interfaith panel will discuss how faith communities can come together and build cooperation for the betterment of the community. Thursday, September 5 Memorial Tribute/Memorial Dedication St. Patrick’s Catholic Church (tribute) Dobbins Landing (dedication) Led by the Very Rev. Tracey Lind, this event is presented by the Cathedral of Saint Paul, under Rev. John Downey, and is free and open to the public. Reservations are required. To register, please call the Jefferson Educational Society at 814-459-8000. Jefferson Hosts Perry The Jefferson Educational Society will be the venue, unless otherwise noted, for a week of activities and events that usher in the final year of the Perry 200 Commemoration. Choral Evensong at the Cathedral of Saint Paul Sunday, April 28 at 4:00 p.m. This choral evensong is a traditional service sung at the church of Daniel Dobbins and where fragments of both the Niagara and Lawrence are included in the sanctuary. The choir of Trinity Cathedral will sing the service and the preacher will be the Dean of Trinity, The Very Rev. Tracey Lind. The public is invited for this free event. Thursday, September 5 - Flagship Niagara League/Highmark Tall Ships Erie 2013 Sunday, September 8 Port of Erie “Erie Sings America” Musicale at the Jefferson Educational Society Monday, April 29 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Saturday, September 7 Barber National Institute “Beast on the Bay” Obstacle Course Challenge Presque Isle State Park Sunday, September 8 Grand Finale/Erie Philharmonic Concert/ Perry Monument Relighting Liberty Park/Perry Monument The “Erie Sings America” Musicale will be an evening of music tracing America’s history and capturing our nation’s spirit. Featured performers include Erie’s premier jazz artist Mary Alice Brown, “Elvis Appreciator” Jim Moore, the Lake Erie Sound, and the Symphonic Singers. This event is free and open to the public. Come and enjoy the music that has helped to define America at home and abroad. 9 Opening Week continued The “Perry Burns” Contest The 1963 Perry Sesquicentennial featured “beard growing” as a unique aspect of the celebration. Keeping with tradition, the Perry 200’s 2013 Sailing Season will feature the “Perry Burns” Contest. At the commencement of the 2013 Sailing Season, contestants are invited to start growing sideburns that will recall those of Oliver Hazard Perry. Rules of the contest, as well as awards, will be announced at a future date. “Perry 200 Day” with the Erie SeaWolves at Jerry Uht Park Sunday, May 5 at 1:35 p.m. Perry 200 will join the Erie SeaWolves for “Perry 200 Day” at Jerry Uht Park for a Sunday day game. “Oliver Hazard Perry” will throw out the first pitch, and commodore hats will be given away to the first 500 children in attendance. It will be a fun-filled, family-oriented day. Youth Celebrate Erie History at the Jefferson Educational Society Sunday, May 5 starting at 6:00 p.m. This family event brings together the children and youth of the Erie community to celebrate Erie’s past, present, and future through the songs, performances, and achievements they will offer. This event is free and open to the public. 10 Memorial Dedication Erie’s Unknown Soldiers & Sailors from the Battle of Lake Erie Saturday, May 25, 2013 • 10:00 a.m. Erie Cemetery After the Battle of Lake Erie in September 1813, wounded soldiers and sailors – both American and British/Canadian – were brought to Erie to be treated. Those who died were buried near the foot of French Street. In 1859, when railroad lines were laid in the area, the graves were relocated to the Erie Cemetery. For the past 154 years, an unmarked, common grave at Erie Cemetery has been the final resting place for Unknown Soldiers and Sailors from the Battle of Lake Erie. During the commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the battle, the Erie Cemetery Association Board of Corporators committed to placing a monument at the grave, and making its location known to the Erie community. Join us as we recognize their sacrifice by dedicating a monument in their honor at the gravesite. In addition to the Unknowns, Erie Cemetery is the final resting place of over sixty identified veterans of the War of 1812 in family lots throughout the cemetery. Their graves are each marked by a placard with information about the soldier or sailor’s life and service to our country. Walking tour maps are available at the Erie Cemetery office. 11 Grand Patriotic Parade Saturday, May 25, 2013 1:00 p.m. On Saturday, May 25, 2013 the Perry 200 Grand Patriotic Parade will be in held in downtown Erie at 1:00 p.m. The 1.8 mile route will travel east on 12th Street from Cherry to 3rd and State Street through downtown Erie. This historic parade will feature over 20 bands, including a Mummer’s String Band from Philadelphia, bands from Canada, and the 10-time World Champion Junior Corps- the Cadets. Numerous floats and marching units featuring Erie’s diverse ethnic communities and civic organizations are also expected, as well as re-enactment groups, antique cars, plus much more! Also, as often seen in the Rose Bowl or Macy’s Parades, the Grand Patriotic Parade will feature giant helium-filled cartoon and patriotic balloons, which haven’t been seen in Erie in nearly 18 years! Governor Tom Corbett will lead the parade as Grand Marshal, along with Erie Mayor Joe Sinnott, County Executive Barry Grossman, and other national, state, and local political officials. The parade is expected to be the largest and most diverse celebration ever seen on the streets of Erie, PA! S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie Fishing Challenge Monday, May 27 – Monday, September 2, 2013 Fishing has been a major component of the history of the Erie area beginning after the Battle of Lake Erie until the present time. The S.O.N.S. (Save Our Native Species) of Lake Erie fishing club was organized in 1981 and is dedicated to the enhancement of fishing and the fishery of Lake Erie. Annually the club has sponsored family fishing clinics free of charge to hundreds of children and their families. S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie also promotes clean waters and maintains two beautiful parks along Erie’s waterfront. A summer-long fishing contest will take place from Memorial Day until Labor Day 2013. It will be open to the public. The rules are very simple. Anglers will be invited to submit fish that were caught in Lake Erie, its tributaries and Erie County waters. The fish will be submitted to area bait shops and weigh stations where they will be measured and judged. The largest fish in certain categories will be deemed winners in that category. The contest will have both junior and senior divisions. The largest fish caught during the period will be awarded the Grand Prize. All regulations dictated by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Code will apply to all fish caught during the event. The rules of the contest will be set by a committee of S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie Members and will be published and available to all contestants and will be responsible for all judging of the contest. “Rocky” helium-filled bal (Photos courtesy of the loon in 1995 parade. Erie County Historic al Society) 12 13 Erie P layhouse Community Pageant The Spirit of Erie Tuesday, June 25 – Sunday, June 30, 2013 The Spirit of Erie guides us through our past, brings us to our present, and inspires us for our future... The Spirit of everything Erie comes to life as we commemorate our extraordinary heritage and celebrate our future through this original, multi-media, musical extravaganza, which will include special effects, like a laser show and flying cast members! Six visually breathtaking segments never before seen in an Erie production will highlight Erie’s journey through time and bring us all together 200 years after the Battle of Lake Erie. The Erie Playhouse will produce this 70-minute spectacular community event with over 200 talented performers. The Spirit of Erie Perry 200 Commemoration Pageant, June 25-30 at the Bayfront Convention Center. Eight shows - 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday and 2:00 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday. Tickets on sale NOW! General admission at $12/person and VIP seating at $22/person (includes handling). Opening Night Gala tickets $100/person (includes food and drink along with the world premiere performance). Tickets available online at www.erieplayhouse.org or by calling 814-454-2852, ext. 0. Pre-order The Spirit of Erie Souvenir Program (a 64-page keepsake) at an early-bird price of $16 (includes tax) when making your reservation! 14 Fireworks Extravaganza Fireworks displays and activities at FOUR Erie County locations Thursday, July 4, 2013 This year the Perry 200 “Picnic in the Park and Fireworks” at Liberty Park will take place again, along with three other sites that will provide activities and fireworks that will light up the skies over Erie County. Three musical acts will take the Burger King Amphitheater stage at Liberty Park. The Dixie Doodlers will start off the evening at 5:30 p.m. with Dixieland and American Jazz music. At 7:00 p.m., the Young People’s Chorus of Erie will entertain the audience, followed by the Gem City Concert Band at 8:30 p.m. There will also be vendors selling food, caricature artists, various activities for children, and of course an extraordinary fireworks display at 9:45 p.m. provided by Zambelli Fireworks. The West County event begins with the Millcreek parade, followed by a family event in Fairview from 3:00 p.m. through 7:00 p.m., located at the Automated Devices Inc. property on Route 20. This event will feature a local band, games and activities for children, and food vendors. The event will conclude with a fireworks display by Zambelli to be held near the Girard High School Stadium. The Girard High School Stadium will be open to the public from 7:30 - 10:30 p.m. with entertainment provided up until and after the fireworks display at 9:45 p.m. The South County will feature a concert and children’s contests at the gazebo area in Waterford Park. A fireworks display, provided by Gibson Fireworks, will be held at the Waterford Fairgrounds at 9:45 p.m. The East County location will be at the Mercyhurst University North East Campus, where the Sam Hyman Band will begin at 7:00 p.m., with the fireworks taking place at 9:45 p.m. 15 45th Annual Erie Arts Fest Thursday, July 11 – Sunday, July 14, 2013 Arts on the Move… Making History New dates, new name, new venue, new programs! Join the renaissance of one of Erie’s most treasured festivals as the Perry 200 Erie Summer Festival of the Arts comes out of the elements to a new venue at the Bayfront Convention Center. Old favorites such as the Children’s Area, Chalk Walk, Panorama, crafters, and artists will be augmented this year with a Gala Premiere Night, Artists’ and Children’s breakfast, lectures, and demonstrations by Erie’s most talented craftsmen and artists. Of course, music will be included to enhance your enjoyment. The Ruth Jageman Panorama Juried Art Exhibition to be held at the Bayfront Convention Center, instead of outside, will allow for additional media and more diverse artists to participate. The Festival Strings, the Festival Chamber Music Society, and other musical groups (to be announced) will perform at various times throughout the weekend. Festival Times Thursday, July 11 Gala Premiere Night 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Friday, July 12 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Commodore Perry Gala Tribute will take place at the Convention Center on the evening of Thursday, July 11. The dinner will feature food from the era, as well as other surprises. Saturday, July 13 12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Sunday, July 14 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Erie International Airport Aviation Gala and Open House Saturday, August 24 & Sunday, August 25, 2013 Erie Regional Airport Authority will host an Aviation Gala Open House & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Saturday, August 24 & Sunday, August 25, 2013 at the Erie International Airport, Tom Ridge Field. The two day event will feature displays of vintage aircraft including the B 17 from the Yankee War Museum and more. Regional aviation enthusiasts will display private planes, and those interested in classic automobiles will be able to view some of the finest privately owned classic cars in the area. We are calling these displays “Wings and Wheels.” The entire family should plan to attend as there will be games, competitions, food pavilions, and a children’s adventure. On Sunday, August 25, as the Aviation Gala Open House continues, the airport will convene a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony commemorating the completion of the R/W 6-24 Improvement Program and the full opening of the completed runway extension. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will feature special presentations and the dedication of the new Runway. If you want more information concerning the activities, please go to www.erieairshow.com or contact the promoters of the event at 814-725-3856. Further details will be announced. 16 17 Perrys Erie Fleet Memorial Tribute/ Flagship Niagara League/Highmark Thursday, September 5, 2013 Port of Erie Memorial Dedication Tall Ships Erie 2013 Thursday, September 5 – Sunday, September 8, 2013 In the final days of the Perry 200 Bicentennial Commemoration, it is fitting and appropriate to honor those brave warriors who fought in defense of our nation and who bring special meaning to this Commemoration. Memorial Tribute - Honoring the Fallen Thursday, September 5 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Led by Monsignor Henry Kriegel, an interfaith memorial service honoring Erie’s fallen warriors of all military service branches will be held at one of Erie’s most historic churches, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. This event is free and open to the public. Perry 200 Lake Erie Fleet Memorial Dedication Thursday, September 5 at 3:30 p.m. The unveiling and dedication of a memorial monument commissioned by the Perry 200 Commemoration will take place at the foot of Dobbins Landing prior to the Tall Ships Erie 2013 “Parade of Sails.” The monument will overlook the bay where the Lake Erie Fleet was built as a tribute to fallen and forgotten heroes. This event is free and open to the public and will conclude in time for the Parade of Sails, which showcases historic Tall Ships and commences the Tall Ships Festival. This September, Erie is proud to host the largest gathering of tall ships the city has ever seen. Tall Ships Erie 2013 is a monumental event for the entire region. This festival is an important fundraiser for the Flagship Niagara brought about by the Flagship Niagara League. Tall Ships Erie 2013 would not have been possible without the support of numerous area sponsors including Perry 200 and Highmark. This festival promises to educate and entertain spectators with a Parade of Sails, ship tours, demonstrations, entertainment, children’s activities, crafts/gift vendors, food vendors and much more. Thursday, September 5 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Parade of Sails Friday, September 6 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 2:30 – 6:00 p.m. 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. School Ship Tours Public Ship Tours Shipboard Private Receptions Saturday, September 7 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Public Ship Tours, Entertainment Shipboard Private Receptions Sunday, September 8 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Public Ship Tours, Entertainment The story of the village of Erie and its role in building the fleet that won the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812 is indelibly intertwined with the US Brig Niagara and US Brig Lawrence. The Port of Erie has fine facilities to offer cargo shippers on the Great Lakes and is positioned to serve industrial companies in the United States and Canada. The Port of Erie is proud to welcome residents and visitors to enjoy the beauty of Lake Erie’s and Presque Isle Bay’s sparkling waters, family and recreational activities and beautiful sunsets. 18 19 Barber National Institute Physical Challenge Beast on the Bay Saturday, September 7, 2013 Grand Finale Erie Philharmonic Concert/ Perry Monument Relighting Sunday, September 8, 2013 Barber Beast on the Bay is an extreme obstacle course challenge that will take place at Presque Isle State Park on Saturday, September 7, 2013. The total course length will be a grueling 12+ miles, but individuals of all fitness levels are encouraged to participate as there will be turn-around points marking 4, 6, and 8-mile routes. The obstacle course is being designed by a U.S. Navy SEAL who has some hardcore challenges in store for competitors. So sign up and prepare to scale walls, traverse bodies of mucky water and race through lots and lots of sand! A 1.5 mile adapted course will also be offered for adults with disabilities. All proceeds from the Barber Beast on the Bay will benefit the Barber National Institute for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Take the challenge… Many will compete, but few will be able to claim that they “BEAT THE BEAST!” Information and registration at BarberBeast.org Cost: $100 through June 30, 2013; $125 on July 1, 2013. Registration discounts available. barberinstitute.org Erie Office: (814) 453-7661 20 The Closing Ceremony of Perry 200 Sunday, September 8, 2013 will be both a memorable and historic day in the annals of Erie pageantry and heritage. This is the date set aside to celebrate the conclusion of Perry 200’s two year bicentennial celebration of the U.S. victory in the Battle of Lake Erie and the creation of the world’s longest and oldest peaceful border. This celebration will include a fully orchestrated Erie Philharmonic Summer Pops Concert followed by the lighting of the Eternal Flame atop the Perry Monument. The lighting will be accompanied by a grand cannonade salute by the US Brig Niagara and other tall ships. The ceremony will take place in Liberty Park on Erie’s Bayfront. Programming will begin with the lighting of a ceremonial torch by a group of dignitaries. The ceremonial torch will be carried center stage, and placed “in state” for the duration of the concert. The Pops concert will include a 16 minute performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. At the conclusion of the 1812 Overture the ceremonial torch will be used to light a mortar that, once lit, will rocket across Presque Isle Bay toward the Perry Monument to give the illusion of lighting the Eternal Flame. It will be followed by a rousing rendition of Stars and Stripes Forever and signal a grand finale fireworks display over Presque Isle’s Perry Monument, which will conclude the 2013 Sailing Season and the Perry 200 Commemoration. Sunday, September 8, 2013: Liberty Park Erie, Pa 6:00 p.m. Gathering in Liberty Park 7:00 p.m. Lighting of Ceremonial Torch 7:00 p.m. Erie Philharmonic Summer Pops Concert 9:15 p.m. (approximate) Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture 9:30 p.m. (approximate) Lighting of Eternal Flame atop the Perry Monument 9:35 p.m. (approximate) Grand fireworks display presented by Gibson Fireworks and US Brig Niagara/ Tall Ships Grand Salute 21 Perry 200 Commemoration Sponsor List (as of April 1, 2013) Platinum Sponsors 1995 Erie Bicentennial Fund State of Pennsylvania Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority City of Erie Erie County Anonymous Cumulus Media Erie Insurance Erie Times News Diamond Sponsors Eriez Magnetics General Electric Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold Sponsors Connoisseur Media Custom Engineering Group Erie Community Foundation Erie County Convention Center Authority Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority Erie Port Authority Erie Regional Airport Authority Erie Water Works Gannon University LORD Corporation Manufacturer & Business Association Mercyhurst University PNC Bank Rambaldo Gonda Media Saint Vincent Health System VisitErie WQLN Silver Sponsors Better Baked Foods Burger King Curtze Foods Erie Parking Authority Erie Reader First National Bank Gohrs Printing Harborcreek Township Supervisors HealthAmerica Housing Authority of the City of Erie Lake Erie Toy Storage Lakeshore Towing Services Little Caesars McCormick Construction Millcreek Township Northwest Savings Bank 22 Lamar Advertising UPMC Health Plan WICU TV WJET TV Penelec-First Energy Printing Concepts RBC Wealth Management Summit Township Bronze Sponsors American Tinning & Galvanizing Co. Brith Sholom Congregation Country Fair Edinboro University Erie Bank Erie Community Credit Union Erie Regional Chamber & Growth Partnership Fairview Township MacDonald Illig Jones & Britton, LLP Marquette Savings Bank Knox, McLaughlin, Gornall, & Sennett, P.C. Quinn Law Firm RE/MAX Real Estate Group Richards & Associates, P.C. Rick Griffith Properties Schaffner, Knight, Minnaugh, & Co., P.C. Community Contributors Ameripac Industries, Inc. Evans Advisory Services, Inc. Fairview Community Council Fairview Recreation Authority Finish Thompson Girard Borough Greater Erie Board of Realtors Greene Township McKean Township Samâ€™s Club/Wal Mart Scott Enterprises Strategy Solutions Total Funds Raised as of April 1, 2013: $1,750,000 Perry 200 Commemoration Commission and Staff Perry 200 Honorary Chairmen County Executive Barry Grossman Mr. Thomas Hagen Mayor Joseph Sinnott Perry 200 Coordinators Corrine Egan Daniel Mucci Perry 200 General Co-Chairs William P. Garvey, Ph.D. Hon. Joyce Savocchio Jefferson Educational Society Staff Ferki Ferati, Executive Director Sara Breese, Program Director Julie Suleski, Finance Director Arin Donelson, Administrative Assistant Perry 200 Commission Carl Anderson III Jay Badams, Ed.D Bridget Barber Del Birch Donald Birx, Ph.D. Dennis Braendel Bishop Dwane Brock Donna Carlino Terry Cascioli Terry Cavanaugh Barb Chaffee Almitra Clerkin Alyson Cummings Ron DiVecchio Brian Dougherty, Ph.D. Dean John Downey Richard Dreyfus, M.D. Hon. Jane Earll Rich Eisenberg Hon. Phil English Ferki Ferati John Ferretti, D.O. Pam Forsyth Paul Foust Sabina Freeman David Frew, Ph.D. Michael Fuhrman Paul Gambill Thomas Gamble, Ph.D. Tim Goldsmith Ed Grode Chris Groner Mark Holcomb Gary Horton Bill Jackson Paul Jericho John Johnson Patrick Kearney Tony Keck Stephan Koller Joseph Kujawa John Leuenberger, Ph.D. Rick Liebel Ray Luniewski John Malone James W. Martin Lynn McBrier Pete McCormick Tina Mengine Al Messina Melinda Meyer Dwight Miller Scott Mitchell Marlene Mosco Sumner Nichols, Esq. John Oliver Vince Palermo Ryan Palm Neil Parham Christine Pennsy Dean Pepicello Jean Craige Pepper Victor Caleb Pifer Ralph Pontillo Mark Raimy Rick Rambaldo James Riley Karen Rugare Capt. Walter Rybka Leslie Sadley Brenda Sandberg Laura Schaaf Ray Schreckengost Ann Scott Randy Shapira, Esq. Fr. Steven Simon Lorenzo Simonelli Jerry Skrypzak Regina Smith Mark Squeglia Elizabeth Stafford Ronald Steele John Steiner Roy Strausbaugh, Ph.D. Rebecca Styn Jeff Szumigale Mark Tanenbaum Keith Taylor, Ph.D. Debbie Thompson John Tretter Adam Trott Gerry Urbaniak Paul Vojtek Shawn Waskiewicz Casey Wells Adam Welsh Scott Whalen, Ph.D. Hon. Sean Wiley Julie Wollman, Ph.D. Perry Wood Michele Zieziula 23 3207 State Street Erie, PA 16508 814-459-8000 Produced by the Perry 200 Commission and the Jefferson Educational Society