Sandy celebrates a century of pioneer spirit
For two weeks, Sandy community members celebrated the town's 110th anniversary with a series of events, from movies and music in Meinig Memorial Park, to decorating their houses and businesses for a reverse parade to playing a citywide game of Sandy-centric bingo.
The finale of the festivities was held at Centennial Plaza, a space once held as Clackamas land then owned by the Revenue family, on Saturday, Aug. 28.
Figures from Sandy's past and present were there, with an actress from Sandy Actor's Theatre posing in period clothing as the town's first female mayor, Blanche Rue Shelley, and Sandy's current mayor, Stan Pulliam, speaking, among others.
About a dozen folks from Sandy Actor's Theatre and the Sandy Historical Society dressed in period clothing to represent characters of Sandy's past, including John Revenue, Alice Revenue, George Burns and more. Ken Funk of the historical society, Steve Morrow of the theatre, Sandy City Councilor Carl Exner and Mayor Pulliam shared remarks for the occasion, along with emcee DJ Anderson.
"We've talked a lot this morning about being a pioneer community and that pioneer spirit is something that has always really been ingrained in and remained in Sandy for generations," Pulliam said.Â
Pulliam boasted about the accomplishments Sandy has made to set itself apart in the past, such as by having a female mayor before women had the right to vote in 1920, creating its own transit system separate from TriMet, the establishment of SandyNet and theÂ city's recent implementation of a permanent covered structures program meant to help business adapt to the needs of the pandemic and be able to provide outdoor seating.Â
"Our pioneering, outside-the-box spirit continues into the future," Pulliam added.
Art was a large component of the festivities celebrating Sandy as well. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., library staff members hosted a chalk the walk event in front of the library on Proctor Boulevard. And, as a final tribute, Wy'East Artisans Guild artist Becky Hawley presented her latest mural, which now adorns the back wall of building hosting Ascent Physical Therapy and Thrive Fitness, which is owned by Brad Picking. The mural, "Growing Together," is comprised of multiple vignettes with various meanings, including a display of books, a "growing together" garden and a depiction of the American flag.
"The mural has three themes growing together, is the name of the mural growing together. And we need to grow as individuals, as a community and as a nation," Hawley said. The other two themes are migration and cultivating kindness.Â
"Roughly 20,000 years ago, prehistoric people migrated from Eurasia into North America and waves of migration have continued to flow to this day," Hawley added. "Humans have adapted to every climate and learned to form communities, where they've not only survived, but they thrived. People migrate to find a better place.
"And for some, Sandy is that place. The mural's animals, depict themes of migration, and of community. Like a water drop on a pond, a single act of kindness ripples out far beyond itself, having far-reaching and unknown effects. Cultivate kindness, so we can be better and grow stronger together. Freedom gives us the right to choose."
Prizes were awarded to the winner of the bingo game, Lori Pyles, and winners of the reverse parade, the Hanley family at the plaza finale. About 65 people attended the Aug. 28 celebratory events, with many others enjoying movies in the park, the bingo game and other activities throughout the past two weeks.
"I think what makes Sandy so strong, so strong, is this spirit of independence and its great commitment to community," Anderson said in closing. "I hope we stay that way."
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