If you’ve always wanted to leave your mark on those who follow you – or your watch, or your tie, or almost anything else – now is your chance.
Surry County is celebrating the 250th anniversary of its founding in 1771 later this week, and much of the day’s events will be sealing a time capsule that will open a century away.
The only problem is that county organizers have yet to secure enough items to fill the capsule.
The birthday party, dubbed Surry 250, is scheduled for Saturday, August 21, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. children’s activities, historical exhibits, revolutionary war demonstrations and other activities.
Part of the celebration that is sure to be interesting long after the day is over is the Time Capsule, or perhaps more specifically the Time Vault.
“We decided this one would be above ground,” said Nathan Walls, assistant county manager, clerk of the council of commissioners and unofficial point of reference for much of the county’s efforts towards the anniversary celebration.
Historically, communities and other groups have buried time capsules, only to be opened 25, 50, or 100 years later to find some – if not most – of the content compromised by moisture build-up within. the capsule. While part of this can be avoided by modern air sealing technology, part of the problem develops inside the capsule due to the higher moisture content underground.
So the county and other local groups involved in celebrating history opted for an above ground granite vault.
“It will be a granite time capsule, which people will open in 100 years,” Walls said. All materials and works were donated by NC Granite Corp., Johnson Granite Inc. and Wholesale Monument Co.
“I think the time capsule will be something really special,” he said. “We will have children, grandchildren, great grandchildren of people who will attend our ceremony (August 21), who will be able to attend this ceremony in a hundred years from now and will be able to see the objects that their parents and grandchildren have. parents put it there. “
The capsule is what he describes as a two-part monument, which measures four feet long, 28 inches wide and 24 inches deep. The monument will have the county seal, Surry 250 logo and other letters printed on it, as well as items to be placed inside.
Walls said plans were already in place for a number of items to be included. These include a Surry 250 coin the county made for the event, designs of the historic courthouse, photos of county commissioners, current paper money and coins, a special section produced by The Mount Airy News commemorating the day and a plug-in sign for all who frequent on Saturdays.
But, he said, the county was looking for people and agencies in the area to donate many items for inclusion in the monument.
Among the items that organizers are particularly hoping for are a wristwatch, tie, jewelry, as well as brochures and listings from local organizations such as popular restaurants in the area, an account of what people like to do for leisure activities locally, information on the Blackmon Amphitheater Concert Series, as well as information on Mount Airy, Elkin, Pilot Mountain, Dobson and annual reports from the Grand Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce and the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Walls said he was hopeful that local residents could have some of these types of items, and possibly other items, that they could donate to be placed in the time capsule.
While the items that enter the monument can generate a lot of interest, this is far from all that will happen during Surry 250.
“Citizens will enjoy a car show, Surry County sonkers, numerous food trucks, children’s activities, exhibits from local historical organizations, demonstrations of the War of Independence and great music from headliners Presley Barker and Taylon Hope, as well as the Nunn brothers, the Slate Mountain Ramblers and the band Celtic Sessions, ”the county said in a statement announcing the celebration.
Walls added that although food vendors sell their fare, most activities are free and designed for family enjoyment.
Barker is a 16 year old local musician who has participated in American Idol and appeared at the Grand Ole Opry, MerleFest, Elkin Roots Music Festival, Reeves Theater and Galax, Va., Old Fiddlers Convention where he won the competition for guitar for adults. when he was 10 years old. He recorded an album in Nashville and performed in numerous concert halls in North Carolina and Virginia.
Hope is another successful 16-year-old who works in Nashville, having shared the stage with Dolly Parton, Tracy Lawrence, Lee Greenwood, Lonestar, Shenandoah and Colin Raye. She moved to Nashville from West Jefferson to pursue her country music career as a pre-teen and is a signed artist for Dolly Parton’s Dream More Resort, where she performs throughout the year. Hope has performed at the Grand Ole Opry, on historic WSM radio, CMA Music Fest, MerleFest and in numerous concert halls in North Carolina and Tennessee.
The Nunn Brothers and the Slate Mountain Ramblers have won numerous awards and performed at numerous festivals and events in North Carolina and Virginia. Both groups have a large following in the region.
Kids can enjoy the Dobsonian Splash Pad, monster mural, playground, cornhole boards, and old-fashioned Horne Creek Living Historical Farm games. Historical exhibits and demonstrations will be provided by Horne Creek, Wake Forest University’s Department of Anthropology, Heritage Craftsmen, and the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, which will feature a mobile museum that traces the history of County of Surry from Native Americans to today. Historical videos from Surry County will be shown in the council chamber of the historic courthouse on the second floor.
Those who attend are required to bring a blanket or lawn chair to relax on the lawn of the historic courthouse, where concerts and social events have been held for decades. Groups will be available for photos, autographs, and album and merchandise sales.
Atkins and Crutchfield streets will be blocked for the event; Parking will be available at Dobson Elementary School, Dobson First Baptist Church, Surry County Judicial Center and Surry Community College, where guests can take a shuttle bus for a free ride to the city center.
For more information on Surry 250, log on to http://facebook.com/surry250 and www.surry250.com.
The rain date for the Surry 250 event is Saturday August 28.