60th Anniversary Plans On Track
Yesterday evening I attended the most recent planning meeting of the 60th Anniversary Celebration Committee at the Emergency Operations Center near the Costa Mesa Police Department.
LOTS OF GREAT STUFF COMING
Committee Chairman Mike Scheafer and Public Affairs Manager Dan Joyce ran the show and provided updates on the current status of the plans for this months-long event which will be officially kicked-off on the weekend of June 28 - 30.
3D GRAPHIC PRESENTATION
HERE, then scroll down to the 60th anniversary celebration and click there to "jump" to the presentation. The excellent graphic was done by an Orange Coast College student Chai Phanao.
DETAILS AND VOLUNTEERS
The team has finished much of the broad planning and are now dealing with those darn details that will make this event a success. That includes a call for volunteers to help with the various venues and activities. You can find information on the celebration, including the application form for volunteers, at the city web site, HERE.
According to Joyce, there will be two music venues for that celebratory weekend - one in the corner of the Orange County Fair and Event Center parking lot near Fair Drive and Fairview - and groups that span the six decades since Costa Mesa was founded will be represented.
There will be a "Tastefest", with dozens of restaurants participating, which will probably have much greater participation since Newport Beach cancelled their "Taste of Newport" festival this year.
A DUNK TANK!
There will be a car show, special senior events, fireworks and - something I'm really looking foward to - a "dunk tank". That one's going to be fun because Joyce announced he'd already signed-up a couple of council members to be "tanked". Hearing that, councilwoman Wendy Leece - a part of the planning group - threw up her hand and shouted, "I'm in!" Joyce also indicated he's recruiting other community members to be tank participants. Oh, this is going to be fun!
Joyce and his team are actively looking for sponsorship participants, with several levels of participation available. Those include a chance for anyone to be a "banner sponsor" - businesses, groups, families, individuals - for only $400.