Sunday, January 9, 2011

2013 Old North Centennial Celebration? (07)

Our Old North neighborhood area was created in early February, 1913.

Using the current custom for reckoning such matters, the neighorhood will be 100 years old in February, 2013.

That is about two years from now and it might not be too early to begin thinking about whether or not to celebrate an Old North Centennial.

One question might be: Are centennial celebrations legitimate or simply self-glorifying puffery that contribute to false (or at least distorted) depictions of what is celebrated?  For this and other reasons they ought to be avoided.

The merits or demerits of centennials per se aside, there is an additional and serious question of the availability of sufficient competent, excited and committed leadership to mount a credible centennial.

I suppose these two questions would become moot if one or more people stepped forward and announced they are going to mount one and began conceiving and planning for it.

Centennial anyone?