10 ways the village is celebrating its 150th anniversary
Ashwaubenon celebrates its sesquicentennial this year with the only way to mark a milestone as big as 150 years – with a week-long party.
Here are 10 highlights of the festivities starting today and continuing through Sunday, and because nostalgia is fun, a look back at 10 highlights of how the village celebrated its centenary in 1972.
10 Ways Ashwaubenon Celebrates His 150th This Week
1. Opening Ceremonies: 4:30-8:30 p.m. today at Goelz Field at Ashwaubenon High School. Lumberjack Band, Oneida Nation Dancers, Flag Ceremony and Ice Cream. 150th Anniversary t-shirts and pins available for purchase.
2. Treasure Hunt: Today until Thursday. Green Bay Elks Lodge 259 is hosting a village-wide scavenger hunt. The list will be posted on the Village of Ashwaubenon’s website at ashwaubenon.gov on Monday. After completing 10 or more tasks, participants can head to the lobby of the Ashwaubenon Performing Arts Center, 2391 S. Ridge Road, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday to claim prizes including 150th anniversary pins and food vouchers /drink and wristbands for Saturday’s Ashwaubenon Blast.
3. Ashwaubenon Party at Capital Credit Union Park: 6:35 p.m. Tuesday. Buy a reserved seat ticket in the main bowl for $5 for the Green Bay Rockers vs. Madison Mallards game and get the second free. Festival Foods is giving all ticket holders a free kid at the game. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with a pre-game concert by Brian James. Tickets available at the stadium box office, 920-497-7225 or northwoodsleague.com/green-bay-rockers with promo code “Ashwaubenon”.
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4. Free screening of “The Queen of Basketball”: 6:15 p.m. Thursday at the Ashwaubenon Performing Arts Center. The 2022 Best Short Film Oscar winner tells the story of women’s basketball trailblazer Lucia “Lucy” Harris, who scored the first field goal in women’s Olympic history, was the first and only woman drafted into the NBA and was one of the first two women inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Ashwaubenon High School alumnus Josh Rosenberg, head of production at Breakwater Studios, won an Oscar for his part in the project.
The 22-minute film screening is free and will follow a short showcase of local talent at 6 p.m.
5. Ashwaubenon Historical Society Open House: 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday at his museum at 936 Anderson Drive. The non-profit association is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
6. Sam Llanas Concert: Doors 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. show Thursday at the EPIC Event Center, 2351 Holmgren Way. Free show from former BoDeans member.
7. Gathering of food trucks: 4:30-8:30 p.m. Friday at Ashwaubomay Park, 2881 S. Broadway. Drink tents and bouncy houses also on site. Music by Boogie & The Yo-Yo’z 6:30-9:30 p.m.
8. Ashwaubenon Blast: 9am-10pm Saturday at Ashwaubomay Park. After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Ashwaubenon Alumni Association’s annual summer fundraiser is back with a full day of events and, for the first time, fireworks.
• Auto Show, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
• Climbing wall, carnival games and inflatable structures, 10.30am-7pm
• Free swimming at Lake Ashwaubomay, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• NEW Piano Guys, 11am-2pm
• Balloon animals, 1pm-4pm
• Doo Wop Daddies, 3-6 p.m.
• Make-up, 4 p.m.-7 p.m.
• Johnny Wad, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
• Fireworks, 9:35 p.m.-10 p.m.
Free entry. A $5 wristband is required for the rock climbing wall, carnival games, inflatables, balloon animals, and face painting.
Community service organizations will have food and drink tents on site as fundraisers. No postponement. Proceeds go toward scholarships; more info at ashwaubenonalumni.org.
9. Pancake and porkie breakfast: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Ashwaubenon Community Center, 900 Anderson Drive. Cost: “tariff adapted to families”.
10. Merchants and Handicrafts Fair: 9am-3pm Sunday at the Ashwaubenon Community Center. Jerry Voelker & The Jolly Gents, who performed at an old-fashioned barn dance and lunch box auction at Ashwaubenon’s centenary celebration 50 years ago, will entertain from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For more information on Ashwaubenon’s sesquicentennial, visit ashwaubenon.gov/150.
Backtrack! 10 ways Ashwaubenon celebrated his 100th birthday in 1972
1. Pony Express Mail Ride: The week-long June celebration kicked off on a Monday morning with Doug De Caster on horseback as he left Dilweg post station. He was stopped by “bandits” along the way, before sheriff’s deputies came to the rescue as part of the re-enactment.
2. A visit from the Apollo 16 crew: The three Apollo 16 lunar mission astronauts, John Young, Thomas Mattingly and Charles Duke, met with business and civic leaders from the greater Green Bay for lunch at the Forum and also spoke to children at the Brown County Veterans Arena, among other appearances.
3. Miss Ashwaubenon Centennial Queen: Bonnie Olsen, a senior at Ashwaubenon High School, was crowned among 15 contestants in front of a packed crowd at the school. She sang “One Tin Soldier” for the competition’s talent show.
4. Centenary Parade: The Centennial Grand Finals featured over 50 floats, several high school marching bands (including two from Minnesota), the U.S. Naval Band, rifle squadrons, twirlers, drill teams, drum and bugle units. There were over 100 units in all. Cousins Marguerite Ernst and Elizabeth Griffiths, whose fathers were among the first residents when Ashwaubenon became a town in 1872, were the Grand Marshals.
Fun fact: The approximately 2-mile parade route, which included Ridge Road, Morris Avenue and Oneida Street, was originally intended to pass through the Lambeau Field parking lot immediately south of the stadium, but was last changed. minute as the pitch needed repairs due to potholes.
5. Centennial Ball: The Glenn Miller Orchestra performed for the semi-formal affair on a Saturday night at Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena. Guests danced around a large fountain in the middle of the arena, which was decorated in an old-fashioned garden theme with 8,000 paper flowers, potted roses and park benches. A $6 advance ticket included admission for two, a corsage and a color photograph of the couple.
6. A letter from President Richard Nixon: Dated March 21, 1972, from the White House, it is addressed “to the people of Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin” and signed by Nixon. It begins: “The celebration of your hundredth anniversary is an occasion of deep pride for you as well as for the nation.
7. Neighborhood Olympics: Residents took to the football field at Ashwaubenon Secondary School for a friendly competition in a pairs three-leg race, pairs wheelbarrow race, hammering women’s nails, tug of war for teams of 10, catch a greased pig, brisk walk, youth bike race, wheel and stick race and pie eating contest.
8. Special section in the Green Bay Press-Gazette: Among the many advertisers who congratulated the village on its 100 years: Ridge Road Liquor, Montgomery Ward, Guido’s Supper Club, First Northern Savings & Loan Association, Little Buddha’s Meat Market, Broadway Chevrolet-Oldsmobile, Satellite Supper Club, Kmart, Marlin’s Men’s Hair Styling, Quigley Marine, Fox River Lanes, WLUK TV 11, Gerczak’s Discount Liquor, and Schneider Transport Inc.
9. Sadie Hawkins Teen Square Dance: The dance party on the tennis courts of the Community Center. There were prizes for the best centennial clothing. The girls were asked to bring a picnic to share with their date at the end of the night.
10. Ass Baseball: It happened at the Ashwaubenon High School Ball Park but sorry, no further details were given.