News and Tribune

December 27, 2012

New Albany churches asked to ring their bells to welcome bicentennial year

By DANIEL SUDDEATH
daniel.suddeath@newsandtribune.com

NEW ALBANY — New Albany will begin celebrating its 200th birthday on Tuesday, and the city’s Bicentennial Commission is looking for some help to literally ring-in the New Year.

Commission member David Barksdale recently sent out requests to city churches asking for their involvement. At the stroke of midnight Tuesday, the commission is asking churches to ring their bells, play their carillons or utilize any other sort of musical instrument they have to usher-in the bicentennial  year.

“It’s my hope that we will have participation from the churches,” said David Barksdale, the Floyd County Historian and a member of the bicentennial commission.

The commission is also hopeful area residents will find a safe and commemorative way to mark the beginning of the city’s 200th anniversary.

Several bicentennial events are on tap for 2013.

On Jan. 25, the Carnegie Center for Arts & History will host the “Artists of the Wonderland Way” beginning at 6 p.m. On Jan. 26, Develop New Albany will host its “through the Decades Ball” at The Grand beginning at 6 p.m.

For more information, visit the website www.newalbany200.org.