Senatobia is about to have a big birthday celebration - and you're invited.
Mark your calendars for February 10, when the City of Senatobia will be commemorating the 150th anniversary of the signing of the city's charter.
The celebration of the city's first 100 years in 1960 was an elaborate, weeklong event, complete with costumes. The Sesquicentennial celebration will be on a smaller scale, but those who are planning it hope the community will participate in the historic moment.
According to Janie Mortimer, Executive Director of the Tate County Economic Development Foundation, the festivities include the unveiling of a new city flag, as well as a custom-designed quilt marking the occasion.
Mortimer said the festivities will take place in front of Senatobia City Hall on Front Street at 11:00 a.m.
* A Sesquicentennial Wall Hanging will be presented by members of the Patches and Pieces Quilting Club. The quilt will be hung inside City Hall.
* The Sesquicentennial sign will be unveiled by Dr. Brant Kairit, chairman of the Celebrate Senatobia committee, and artists Ben and Cheryl DeLap. The sign will hang on the front of City Hall.
* Melvin McClure will present a brief history of the city.
* Senatobia Mayor Alan Callicott and the Board of Aldermen will sign a Sesquicentennial Proclamation in honor of the occasion.
* The Sesquicentennial Flag will also be unveiled and raised in front of City Hall.
Refreshments will be served in the lobby of City Hall following the program.
The event will be held outside, weather permitting.
Mortimer also said that the Celebrate Senatobia committee is continuing their work on updating and expanding the Senatobia Centennial book, originally published in 1960.
Ad space in the publication can be purchased from the Celebrate Senatobia committee.
Many of the commemorative items, including the logo and the flag, were designed by local graphic artist Kevin Pitts.
Funding for the celebration was provided in part by a group of 150 patrons, who each donated $150 to the effort.
A Sesquicentennial Scavenger Hunt, sponsored by Senatobia Dental Care, is underway. Participants can gather clues from area businesses which will eventually lead them to the location of a cotton picker spindle. The first one to present the spindle to Dr. Brant Kairit will be awarded a $1,500 savings bond.
Editor's note: this is the second in a series celebrating the 150th birthday of the City of Senatobia.