Colusa sesquicentennial kicks off at May Surprise 



The Colusa Sesquicentennial Committee is planning a blowout celebration for the city’s 150th birthday, and they’re getting the party started this Saturday during the May Surprise. 

The sesquicentennial activities will be held on the anniversary of the city’s incorporation in June, but the committee is launching the festivities early with the sale of historic photographs and note cards, and an 18-month calendar, all of which will be available for purchase. 

May Surprise will also feature four other local non-profit organizations that will provide an afternoon of social events in A.B. Davison and Will S. Green parks, in Colusa.

Starting at 9 AM, the Garden Club of Colusa County will host its annual plant sale under the Pavilion in the A.B. Davison Park, located on 10th and Parkhill Streets. 

At 10 AM, the Colusa Arts Council will open the doors to the Scout Cabin for their annual Art Show and Sale. 

“This year the Colusa County Arts Council will feature four local artists at the annual May Surprise,” said Colusa County Arts Council member Sara Niles. “These artists will include Sally J. Paul, who will display her oil paintings and also her jewelry; Mary Ann Nation, who will showcase her ocean scenes along with the Sutter Buttes paintings; Brendan Farrell will display his original acrylic creations; and Sherry Hoon will introduce her beautiful watercolors.”

At noon, located outside the Scout Cabin, the Friends of the Colusa County Library will host its annual Wine Tasting event, offering great wines, cheeses, and desserts.

For $20 per person, participants can enjoy a grand selection of cheeses from Rumiano Cheese in Willows, wines from a number of vineyards, and a variety of desserts. In addition to tasting wines and cheeses, the signature part of the day is the raffle for a solid wood antique card catalog with each drawer filled with a different bottle of wine. Tickets for the raffle are $5 each and are available at the Bookworm, 440 Market Street, in Colusa. 

“This fundraiser contributes over $11,000 of profit for the Friends of the Library,” said member Cynthia White. “Every dime goes directly back to the library system to rent books, purchase supplies, and provide funding for the summer reading program held in each of the communities.”

Hosting lunch this year at May Surprise is the Pacific Flyway Quilters. The group will serve baked potatoes with your choice of toppings, a slice of homemade pie, and water for $10. Items will be priced individually. Lunch will be available in the Scout Cabin from 11 AM to 2 PM, and tables will be provided inside to enjoy the meal. 

Proceeds from the lunch will benefit the Pacific Flyway Quilters to continue providing community service projects.

The Colusa Sesquicentennial Committee booth will be located at the Colusa Heritage Preservation Commission booth in front of the Scout Cabin. From noon until 2 PM, the group will have tickets available for the Incorporation Day activities, which will include a pancake breakfast at Colusa Fire Department and pulled pork or hot dog dinner at Veterans Memorial Park on June 16, the anniversary of Colusa becoming a city in 1868. River activities will be held during the day. 

Incorporation Day breakfast tickets are $5 (kids under 10 free); dinner tickets are $10 for pulled pork or $5 for hot dogs. The committee will also sell historic photographs of Colusa, starting at $15, an 18-month calendar of Colusa’s history for $15, and note cards for $3 each. 

The public is encouraged to stop by and learn about the sesquicentennial, purchase historic memorabilia and talk to the committee about Colusa’s illustrious 150-year history and celebration. 

May Surprise concludes with the Historic Preservation Commission’s presentation of its annual Award of Merit at 2 PM. ■

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