The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

October 10, 2013

Events to celebrate Boalsburg history, provide family fun

By Matt Morgan, Centre Daily Times
Associated Press

— Heritage is something that should be celebrated often, said Boal Mansion Museum CEO Christopher Lee.

Residents of Boalsburg will get that chance Sunday.

The Boalsburg Heritage Birthday Festival, an event that has taken place for decades, is set for noon Sunday in the village square. The free event will feature wagon rides, music and a big birthday cake.

“There’s a very positive heritage in this community and, in these times, that needs to be emphasized,” Lee said.

The day also will feature food and appearances by people dressed as Christopher Columbus and Theodore Boal, complete with garb representing the time period.

The wide range of events are designed to make the event fun for everyone.

“We've had all ages there,” Lee said. “We've had 8-year-olds there, and we’ve had 90-year-olds there.”

Boalsburg was founded in 1808. Lee said that knowing that history is even more important for future generations.

“If you know your heritage, you have a sense of direction you’re going in,” he said.

The night before featured the Christopher Columbus Ball, a fundraiser for historic preservation.

That eventwas held at the Boal Mansion and included appearances by the people dressed as Columbus and Boal.