This is the seventh in a series of “Branson Centennial” articles (search articles with this tag) that will run into July 2012. Centennial celebrations are a critical part of our Ozarks cultural heritage. The Branson Centennial website offers “100 Ways to Celebrate” the centennial for individuals, organizations and businesses. Today, let’s take a look at the ways from 51 to 65. How can you adapt these to your use? I love to hear about unique twists people come up with.
51. Host a Centennial Sock Hop then jump and jive to some music from the past.
52. Revive the classic Church Social with a bring-a-dish event that gathers folks together for fun and fellowship.
53. Give $100 to a Branson area non-profit.
54. Complimentary admission, meals or rooms for anyone age 100 or more!
55. Reward your employee of the month with a crisp $100 bill in 2012.
56. Collect 100 cans of food for CAM or 100 coats or blankets for families in need.
57. Free birthday party hats and Branson Centennial balloons for kids!
58. Then and Now: Find an old photo of Branson and retake the shot from the same location today. Share both on http://www.facebook.com/Branson100. YOU CAN DO THIS!
59. Interview the oldest Branson resident you know and learn history first hand. YOU SHOULD DO THIS!
60. Create your own list of 100 Branson Favorites and share it with your clients, guests, neighbors and friends.
61. Send 100 thank you notes in 2012 (about 2 per week) to the people and organizations in Branson for which you are most thankful. YOU CAN DO THIS!
62. Gift a free return admission for every 100th person through your doors.
63. Commission a local artist to create a unique and lasting tribute to Branson for your entry or offices.
64. Collect and present the best 100 songs from the last 100 years.
65. Create a centennial Christmas tree with 1912-era ornaments and garland.
GRAND OPENING – Centennial History Museum, Opening Centennial Celebration: Sunday, April 1, at Historic Downtown Branson, phone 417-334-4084
If you can do even one or two of these items, get started today. Let me know your plans!
LET THE CELEBRATION BEGIN!
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