Happy 100th birthday, Sunnyvale!
Thanks for everyone who attended the Sunnyvale Centennial Celebration on August 25th and 26th. It was a great weekend! The Centennial Parade Saturday morning and the events both afternoons helped bring the community together, and it was a weekend that will be talked about for years.
If you would like to see a rundown of events, photos and videos, please take a look at the following links:
Again, thanks for everyone who attended!
Although we had been known locally as Sunnyvale for many years, the City was not formally incorporated until 1912. Now the Sunnyvale Historical Society and Museum Association, along with the City of Sunnyvale and the Sunnyvale Chamber of Commerce, invites the community to take part in a celebration of our city and its history. There are special events all weekend, including a parade, festival, contests, swing dance, and bike tour. Also featured are the Mayor’s State of the City address and special rates for city residents on airship rides and facility tours.
Centennial Celebration – Saturday and Sunday, August 25 – 26, 2012
Join us for some good old fashioned fun, including:
- hay rides around the Heritage Orchard
- a Murphy Party covered wagon interpretation
- a 1912 General Store (selling everything from penny candy to commemorative shot glasses!)
- historical bike tour and scavenger hunt
- blacksmith demonstration by Fiddle Around Forge
- agricultural and electronic tools demonstrations
- children’s games (marbles, horseshoes, bean bag toss)
- a whiskers contest (grow out those turn of the century mustaches, men!)
- interactive time capsule making
- music and dance from throughout the century
- turn of the century Sunnyvale downtown and model train diorama
- local aviation exhibit and raffle for an Airship Ventures Zeppelin ride for two
- a Centennial Parade (Saturday)
- Centennial swing dance with live music (Saturday night)
- State of the City address and community awards presentation (Sunday)
- and much more!
Activities are free of charge and will take place on or around the Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum site next to the Community Center. Dance will be held in the Orchard Pavilion at the Sunnyvale Senior Center. Food and drinks will be available for sale, as will raffle tickets for a chance to win 2 seats aboard an Airship Ventures flight. A General Store will be selling souvenirs and more. The store and all exhibits are open until 5:00pm on both days. Note that no pets are allowed at the Celebration, except for assistance animals.
View the event flyer (pdf).
Centennial Parade – Saturday, August 25, 10:00am
On the morning of Saturday, August 25th, more than 1,400 community members will march (and drive and dance and chant…) in celebration of Sunnyvale’s Centennial. Check out the parade page for all of the details, including information on parking and road closures, a parade lineup, and ways you can help.
Centennial Dance – Saturday, August 25, 7:00-11:00pm
For Dancers Only, together with the City of Sunnyvale Community Services Division, presents an evening of live music and dancing at the Sunnyvale Senior Center Orchard Pavilion.
Doors open at 7pm for Lindy Lab, an open and collaborative environment for dancers to practice their skills together or work on their solo dancing (DJ’d music). At 7:30pm, a brief beginner swing dancing lesson will be offered by Richard & Margot, guest instructors from Wednesday Night Hop in Mountain View. At 8pm, Top Shelf Big Band will take the stage to play jazz favorites from the 1930s and 40s for dancers and music fans of all ages.
Fly on a Zeppelin!
Not only will the airship be flying over our Centennial Celebration, but in honor of Sunnyvale’s 100th birthday, Airship Ventures is offering TWO promotions for Sunnyvale residents:
- Free behind-the-scenes ground tours of the world’s largest airship and Hangar 2 (a $40 value).
- $100 off any 45 min. or 90 min. South Bay flight from Moffett Field that is booked and flown in August. Simply contact Airship Ventures and mention the code “SUNNY 100″.
All guests must make a reservation for either ground tours or flights (link to details). Make your reservation by contacting Airship Ventures at (650) 969-8100, x111.
At the Blimps and Dirigibles Table, you will also be able to buy a raffle ticket to win 2 tickets to ride on the Airship Ventures’ zeppelin (valued at > $700). The drawing will happen at 4PM on Sunday.
Men, here’s your chance to win something, and all you have to do is give your razors a rest. Let your facial hair grow, shape it and groom it, and a prize could be yours in the Whiskers Contest! There will be audience judging both afternoons at around 3:30pm in front of the museum.
Have you ever experienced what it’s like to attend an English Afternoon Tea? The Sunnyvale Historical Museum holds Victorian Teas at Christmas Time and in the Spring.
The museum will be holding a raffle on both Saturday and Sunday for two tickets to the 2012 Christmas Teas. Purchase your tickets at the Museum Information Table, and the drawing will be at 4PM on Saturday and Sunday.
Create a scarecrow representing someone from Sunnyvale’s history–such as a founder, farmer, or famous native, you decide! Entries are limited to the first 60 groups to apply. Learn more about the contest, and get an application now.
The scarecrows will be spread throughout the Heritage Orchard. Attendees will be able to vote for their favorite during the celebration.
Please deliver your scarecrow entry by 2pm on Friday, August 24th.