The 300th anniversary of Needham’s founding is fast approaching, and so are the weekend-long celebrations planned to mark the occasion.
The festivities begin at noon on Saturday, Nov. 5, with La Carnival, a fair on the town common featuring circus games for kids, balloon sculptures and face painting.
At 3 p.m. on Saturday, the town’s selectmen will formally dedicate the newly refurbished Town Hall after a year of construction and renovations.
Needham 300, the non-profit committee that has organize anniversary events throughout the year, will then hold two galas. The first, for those who can’t stay out late, will be held from 5-7 p.m. on the second floor of Town Hall.
Registration for the main event begins at 8 p.m. at Town Hall, where champagne will be served. A shuttle will then transport participants to Greene’s Field, where a large tent will accommodate up to 1,000 guests until 1 a.m. There will be dancing, a cash bar, live music, and hors d’oeuvres. Dress for the event is “creative semi-formal,” allowing for those who would like to dress in period attire.
Tickets are $79 and can be purchased by cash or check only. Order forms are located at the Needham Bank, Library, Town Hall, Roche Bros, Sudbury Farms, the Senior Center and at www.Needham300.org. They will also be on sale at the Historical Society on Saturday, Oct. 8th, from 10 am-3 pm.
The final Needham 300 event will be an ecumenical community-wide service held at the First Parish Church at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6, the actual 300th anniversary of Needham’s founding. The entire community is welcome.