Happy birthday, Manlius

Community members ring in the village’s 200th birthday with Bicentennial Ball

Manlius mayor Paul Whorrall blows out the candle on the village's 200th birthday cake.

Manlius mayor Paul Whorrall blows out the candle on the village's 200th birthday cake. Allie Wenner

— After four years in the making, the village of Manlius’ Bicentennial Ball proved to be a classy evening for members of the community. Held on April 27, the ball was an opportunity to observe just how far the village has come since being founded as well as a night full of celebration and anticipation for what the future of Manlius holds.

“It helps to educate us on the history of the village and remind us of our roots,” said Bicentennial Ball co-chair Laurie Venditti. “I grew up in the area and learned so much over the past couple years about Manlius that I just never knew. It really gives you an appreciation for where you live.”

The event, which was organized by Venditti and town of Manlius councilor Karen Green, was held at the Cavalry Club where attendees were encouraged to dress in period attire. The ball kicked off with a reception where guests could view a photography display by F-M High School students called “What Manlius Means to Me.” A string quartet, composed of high school students, provided musical entertainment during the reception.

Former “voice of the Orange” Doug Logan served as master of ceremony for the evening as guests took their seats around 7 p.m. First was the presentation of the colors by member of both the army national guard and the New York State police. The Bicentennial flag, which was flown over Washington D.C., was then presented to Mayor Paul Whorrall.

The Eagle Hill middle school choir and Manlius Explorers, a group of teenagers who assist the police department, led the room in the national anthem. Manlius historian Barbara Rivette prepared a slide show comprised of pictures of the village over the years and the Eagle Hill Chorale sang “The Manlius Bicentennial Song,” which was written by their music teacher, Cathy Cook.

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