This year’s Heritage will not only be a celebration of Lakeland’s 120th year but also an event to honor “Lakeland’s Greatest Generation”, the people who fought World War II overseas and on the home front. These people fought America’s enemies only to return home to fight for their own Civil Rights. These were the ones who worked to insure that their children and Grandchildren were educated and ready for a time when greater opportunities would be theirs. They struggled to give equal rights to all Americans regardless of color. Meet some of these elders and help us honor them for the contributions they made.
During this year’s Heritage celebration a trolley car will once again be seen in Lakeland. First the trolley car will be a part of the parade at noon, carrying special, honored guests. After the parade you will have your chance to ride. You can get your place on the trolley for a Lakeland Heritage Tour. The trolley will depart at 1 PM on September 18 during the Heritage celebration from the College Park Community Center on Pierce Street. Aboard you will explore Lakeland from today’s community center the lake and back again. Your conductor will tell you stories of the Lakeland families, developer Edwin Newman, the burning of Lakeland, the Baltimore Goldfish Company, the train wreck that killed the lake, Tropical Storm Agnes and more. To reserve your seat on board call (301) 474- 7080. Seating is very limited so call today.
The Kash Wright Trio will perform on Saturday, September 18 at 2 PM. They will play on the stage on our event grounds located at College Park Community Center, 5051 Pierce Avenue. The group is lead by Prakash Wright. Mr. Wright and his family are long time friends of the Lakeland community. He spent his early years as part of Embry AME Church family. For a sample of their music check them out on their website http://www.prakashwright.com/.
Get ready for Heritage Weekend. With your very own Lakeland tee-shirt featuring this original design. It is available in adult sizes small, medium, large and extra large at a cost of only $10. To get your shirt just call Jean Gray Matthews at 301 773 0413 or Delphine Gross at 301 474 7080. You can also order by email at LakelandHistory@yahoo.com
On Saturday, September 18 and Sunday, September 19, 2010 LCHP will sponsor the 4th annual Lakeland Heritage Weekend. This is a milestone year as we celebrate Lakeland’s 120th anniversary. We will kick off the weekend of celebration on Saturday with a parade through the community at noon. All Lakelanders and friends of Lakeland are invited to march in the parade or come and cheer. State Delegate Joseline Pena-Melnyk will be our guest announcer for the event. Following the parade a picnic will be held on the grounds of the College Park Community Center and spilling out to the playground of Paint Branch Elementary School and on to Lakeland Park. Everyone is welcome to bring a picnic lunch. LCHP will supply music and games. Rita’s of College Park will even be on hand with free italian ices. This promises to be an enjoyable day for the whole family. To participate in the parade, get more information about the day or volunteer your help please call Pamela Randall Boardley at (301) 474-3855 or Jean Gray Matthews at (301) 773-0413.
Festivities will continue on Sunday, September 19 at 11 AM as we are all the invited guests of Lakeland’s oldest church, First Baptist Church of College Park for an outdoor worship service on their grounds at 5017 Lakeland Road. Light refreshments provided by the church will end the day.
Everyone is welcome. Come out and enjoy it all.
Thank you to all of you who came out this evening for a LCHP meeting. There was a great group on hand with lots of ideas. Several people stepped forward as new volunteers ready and willing to help with Heritage Weekend. There will be more on that subject later.
We were joined this evening by a number of our supporters including County Council Chairman Thomas Dernoga who presented us with a $1000 County Special Appropriation Grant from Distinct One. A number of other dignitaries including our own County Council representative from district three Eric Olson, Mayor Andrew Fellows, LCHP board member and City Council member Bob Catlin were on hand when a surprise announcement was made. Mr.Dernoga and Mr. Olson revealed that the Lakeland Community Heritage Project would be the recipient of an additional grant of —-$15,0000 in recognition of our contribution to the County’s cultural heritage. State Delegate Joseline Pena-Melnyk was present to offer her well wishes to LCHP after the presentation.
While the $1000 will be used in support of Heritage Weekend the large grant will be set aside as an investment in the organization’s future. It is the hard work of the members and friends of LCHP that have allowed this organization to make such great progress in only a few short years. It is your continued support which will allow us to climb higher still.
On Monday, July 19, 2010 the board for the Lakeland Community Heritage Project will meet at 4:30 PM in the College Park Community Center on Pierce Avenue. A general organization meeting will follow at 6:00 complete with a special guest, County Council Chairman Thomas Dernoga.