DUVALL–They came, they saw, they remembered.
It was “Old Home Week” for Valley natives and long-time residents as they visited with old friends and admired historical photographs during the first two events held at the new Duvall Visitor and Centennial Center.
The first event was the Feb. 2 grand opening of the center where visitors could see the newly remodeled former library, check out local businesses and talk to historians. The second function, just a couple of days later, was local author Allen Miller’s historical presentation and judging from the size of the crowd that attended it appeared many recent arrivals are just as interested as the older folks in the history of the place they now call home, especially in this, the city’s centennial year.
Because the building was the home of the town library for decades, it took some sprucing up to make the transformation. Numerous volunteers spent countless hours cleaning, painting and laying carpet.
Owned by the city and leased out free of charge for the centennial year to the Duvall Chamber and Duvall Foundation for the Arts, the building is meant to be not only a community gathering place but also an event rental space and community group headquarters. The public is invited to stop by during business hours to relax, use the wi-fi and learn about the town’s history.
The Centennial Committee is planning numerous other events that will take place throughout the year, including a community bonfire, piano drop, dinner and a movie night for the release of the Duvall documentary film, Hot Summer Nights, and much more.
Dates are to be determined and will be posted to this calendar of events: http://duvall100.duvallwa.gov/WebForm2.aspx.
The DVCC’s facebook page contains photos, party information and more.https://www.facebook.com/DuvallVisitorCenter
Twenty artists applied to do the artwork for the Centennial. The Centennial Way Public Art Installation Committee has narrowed the artist selection down to the final three, then the City Council must approve the vote/plans before the announcement is made public. As of press time the artists’ names had not been announced.