Celebration will mark 230th anniversary of U.S. Constitution


If you’re one of those people who waited until the last minute to make plans for the 230th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution, boy did you luck out.

On Sept. 17, the Constitution 230 Celebration is coming to the Grandstand at the Grange Park.

Festivities will begin at noon, with a lineup of guest speakers unfolding from 1-6 p.m.

“I don’t think there’s been anything attempted like this in Centre County,” Keith Bierly, chair of the organizing committee, said.

Temporarily rechristened “Constitution Village,” the Grange fairgrounds will host more than 30 different exhibits dedicated to exploring the rights and responsibilities laid out in one of America’s bedrock documents.

The list of presenters includes Mike Herr, otherwise known as “Mike the Mailman,” and the League of Women Voters of Centre County.

“We’ve got most of the amendments or a lot of the amendments covered,” Bierly said.

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, Penn State law professor Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia and Anne Ard of the Centre County Women’s Resource Center are also among those confirmed to speak.

Ard’s talk will focus on the role of women in Pennsylvania and the country at large. She believes that it’s critical for people to have an understanding of the Constitution and all that it entails for citizens of the United States.

“It allows for not only benefits, but responsibilities,” Ard said.

On a lighter note, Miss Melanie and the Valley Rats, Jackie Brown and the Gill Street Band, Cone of Silence and Erin Condo and the Hoofties have been tapped to provide the afternoon’s musical entertainment.

“What we’re trying to do is give it a Fourth of July feel but with a serious educational component,” Bierly said.

Frank Ready: 814-231-4620, @fjready