Centennial Celebration: Beaumont at 100 years young!
It’s the “Celebration of a Century,” and you’re invited!
On Nov. 17-18, Beaumont will proudly mark a civic milestone with a gala dinner and community block party.
Our hometown turns 100 years old on Sunday, Nov. 18.
“In the beginning, we were a small farming community and a railroad town,” said Mayor Roger Berg. “Today, we’re a growing, progressive city with a small-town feel.
“Our people and their sense of community make Beaumont a very special place—a city that will live on in our hearts for generations to come. And so I invite each of you to join us during our `Celebration of a Century.’”
To pay tribute to our heritage and share it with future generations, the city of Beaumont will present a centennial play called “1912.” It’s an entertaining blend of fact and fiction that in dramatic way reveals the Golden Age of our hometown.
Synopsis: It is Election night in 1912. Townsfolk are huddled together and are awaiting results of the cityhood election. Several people speak, including famous celebrities from out of town. They gather with farmers, homemakers and others around an old-time radio and anxiously await election results to see if Beaumont will become a city on its third try.
There will be two performances by local actors with Catch A Star Theatrical (CAST) Players during the “Celebration of a Century” weekend.
- Evening Performance: Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Centennial Gala Dinner (6 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
- Matinee Performance: 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 at the Centennial Block party (noon to 4 p.m.)
On Sunday, Nov. 18, a community block party at the Beaumont Civic Center will get the whole town involved in our 100th anniversary celebration. There’s fun for all ages.
You can watch a demonstration on growing and pruning cherry trees—and get a head start on next year’s Cherry Festival. Or you can see a fashion show that will feature Miss Beaumont Melinda Martinez and her Court. Go ahead and kick up our heels as we celebrate a “Century of Cityhood” to the sounds of the Sun Lakes Big Band and Seville Street Blues. And bring your appetite! Beaumont Chamber of Commerce food vendors will be selling lunch. Cake and punch will be served at our hometown celebration while supplies last. Beer provided by Hangar 24 Craft Brewery will be available for adults at a bar hosted by “Table of Plenty.”
Our centennial celebration wouldn’t be complete without some local history. The block party will include a meet-and-greet with members of the San Gorgonio Pass Historical Society, who will display items like a 100-year-old edition of the Beaumont Leader.
Those who want a different take on history will find a display of antique cars and an “Antique Road Show” with booths from our local antique district.
On Sunday, Nov. 18, the festivities will wrap up with a time capsule ceremony. The public can write on blank cards, and place them in a capsule that will be opened 100 years from now. Let’s send a message to future generations about our love for Beaumont!
“The centennial weekend is the time for everyone to come out and show their love for this city,” said Mayor Berg. “I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at this once-in-a-lifetime event.”
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Check out the City of Beaumont's first ever cartoon on the "Centennial Time Traveler