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Ballston making birthday plans

— “1850s baseball is a very fascinating game,” he said. “The kids have done it before and had a ball.”

Besides the baseball game, Reynolds also pitched what he termed “a grand idea.” He hopes to get a town-wide photo.

“That would be absolutely phenomenal if we can pull it off,” said Reynolds. “From a historian’s point of view, it is a chance to record history. As I often like to say, history is not about the past, it’s about the present.”

After Reynolds’ initial suggestions, the ideas flew from the committee, but all followed the suggested consideration of focusing on events that would draw the largest number of people to create a diverse event.

Among the suggestions: Burnt Hills and Ballston Spa community bands, reenactments, agricultural exhibits or tractors, family events, events centering around Ballston Lake, local artists and artisans, a road rally and a car decorating contest.

Different venues were discussed, including Town Hall, Ellms, Brookside Museum, the Presbyterian Church, Lakeside, FoCastle and Curtis Lumber. The committee also considered whether the celebration should be a one, two or multi-day event.

With so many ideas being floated, Polly Windells suggested the need for cohesiveness.

“Each age group has different preferences,” she said. “We need to get the community vested into things that are taking place. Each group should have a reason to come here.”

To that end, the committee decided to settle on four focal points to build on: agriculture, family life in Ballston, history and artists.

In order to make the event successful, Spotlight Newspapers Published John McIntyre suggested the event needs to have a name and date before being promoted.

“With a name comes electronic communication,” he said.

The committee settled on “Ballston.225” and a tag line of “we are… because of what we were.”

McIntyre also said media and business involvement will be keys to the event’s success.

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