Sunapee to celebrate its 250th birthday in 2018

logo-contest-flyer-colorSunapee, N.H. — Nearly 50 years ago, the town of Sunapee celebrated its bicentennial, and now the community is looking ahead to its 250th birthday.

The Sunapee board of selectmen recently approved the weekend of August 17-19, 2018, for the celebration of Sunapee’s Sestercentennial.

A town-appointed committee, chaired by Ron Garceau, has begun the planning. The Sestercentennial Committee is seeking ideas and community involvement from those living in Sunapee and those with ties to the town.

The committee is inviting artists, graphic designers, and creative makers to participate. A logo design contest is now underway. Contest rules are available via the town website. The deadline for design entries is February 15, 2017. Additionally, the committee is considering putting together a community quilt depicting scenes of Sunapee.

For additional information, contact Ron Garceau or any member of the Sestercentennial Committee. For committee updates, visit the town website and the event’s Facebook page.

From from The Story of Sunapee, by John Bartlett:

– On November 9, 1768, The New Royal Governor, John Wentworth,  by authority of King George III, signed his name to a deed of 23,040 acres of undeveloped land and recorded the same as the Charter of Saville.
– In 1781, Saville became incorporated as a township under the new name of Wendell.
– In 1850, the State Legislature changed the name from Wendell to Sunapee.