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TR Centennial plans develop
by Tim Delaney, Progress Editor
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Tim Delaney photo.A Three Rivers centennial logo designed by Russell Gregory of Austin is one of four or more being considered by the Centennial Committee that met June 21 as the official logo for the town's 100th birthday. Gregory is from Three Rivers and attended school here.
Tim Delaney photo.A Three Rivers centennial logo designed by Russell Gregory of Austin is one of four or more being considered by the Centennial Committee that met June 21 as the official logo for the town's 100th birthday. Gregory is from Three Rivers and attended school here.
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THREE RIVERS — Next year promises to be one of celebration in Three Rivers. In 2013, the city becomes 100 years old.

Except for a few months, plans are to have events occur all year long.

Murrell Foster, of the Three Rivers Chamber of Commerce, said festivities will begin in January with the unveiling of the Three Rivers history book, “Reflections and Anticipation.”

The Jan. 21 unveiling will take place at the annual meeting and banquet of the Three Rivers Chamber of Commerce in the Three Rivers school cafeteria.

The Centennial Book Committee chairman was Diane Kuenstler.

Committee member Rita Arnst was the book’s editor.

Other members of the committee include Carmelita Moreno, Janice Krause, Roberta Dobie, Jerry Wheeler, Joe and Enriquetta Muñoz, Kurt House, Mike Pierson, Jerry Retzloff, Patty Reagan, John-Pierre Coquat, Sue McNeill, Roger Stewart, Paula Mitchell, Michael Smith, Rick Carroll and Celia Ruiz.

The hardback books are available for $30 each. The book includes 12 pages of color, with the rest being black and white in 112 pages.

Only 1,000 of the 8.5 by 11-inch books are being published, although that number could change.

The books are being published by Donning Company Publishers, in Missouri.

Foster said those who come to the banquet can purchase and get autographed copies of the book.

But prospective buyers also can call the chamber office at 361-786-4330 to find out how to purchase the book.

In February, the centennial will continue with “100 Years of the Arts and Collecting in Three Rivers.”

Foster said the Feb. 23 display would include sewing, quilts, glass containers from the Three Rivers Glass Factory, spurs and guns, as well as oil paintings, watercolors and other media from past and present artists.

A location for the event will be announced later.

On April 6, a special 14th annual Salsa Festival will commemorate Three Rivers Centennial.

During the Salsa Festival, a Centennial Oak will be planted on the town square. The tree will be identified by a brass plaque describing the type and size of the tree, as well as the date of planting.

Then, on June 14-15, a Centennial Flower and Plant Show, featuring the finest in flowers, plants, fruits and vegetables grown in the Three Rivers area will be sponsored by the Garden Club and displayed at the Gurwitz Center.

A “Big Bang” weekend is planned for July 6-7. A big-name performer – or two – will headline the music. And a fireworks display is planned, according to Foster.

A musical drama is planned for Sept. 15. Music, including songs from 100 years ago, World War I, the depression years, World War II to modern times, will be played.

The music will complement a drama written and directed by Jimmy Conn. The drama will be performed in the Three Rivers school auditorium.

During late November/Dec. 2, Christmas on the Square in Three Rivers will have a centennial touch – an antique Santa suit, a display of Santa dolls through the years, a display of Christmas at home in Three Rivers and antique toys.

The Christmas showing will be on Dibrell Street behind City Hall.

On Dec. 28, a farewell to the first 100 years of Three Rivers will take the form of a community meeting in the Three Rivers School Auditorium.

The forum is designed to allow residents to speak about what they’d like to see happen to Three Rivers in the next 100 years.

Planned for the meeting are professional speakers, who would calculate Three Rivers’ future.

The Centennial Committee also is considering an official logo for the event.

“We’re needing, right now, volunteers who want to be on the committees, particularly those who would be interested in one or more of the events,” Foster said.

Interested residents can phone the Three Rivers Chamber of Commerce at 361-786-4330 to find out how to get involved.

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