Centennial activities for the city will officially kick off Sunday with the raising of a celebration flag designed by a Talent Elementary School third-grader.
TALENT — Centennial activities for the city officially kick off Sunday with the raising of a celebration flag designed by a Talent Elementary School third-grader. The flag will be raised in front of the Community Center, 206 E. Main St., at noon Sunday.
Alexa Macias-Montoya's design on the 5-foot-long flag shows four children holding hands with hills and the sun in the background. The centennial slogan, "Community, Pride, and Vision ...That's Our Talent," is written across the bottom of the flag, which also includes "Talent, Oregon 1910-2010" on the sun's face. Talent was incorporated Nov. 2, 1910.
Attendees of the community's 2009 Harvest Festival chose Alexa's design from among 25 submitted by Talent children ages 5 to 17. She will be present at the flag raising, along with Mayor Don Steyskal.
"The kids that really wanted to do it did it. It was not a requirement," said Talent Elementary School Principal Aaron Santi, who helped create the competition.
Organizers had five flags produced and the others will be displayed at City Hall, the library and the elementary and middle schools. At the end of the year the flags will be given to the town's historical society and library.
Monthly activities will lead up to dedication of a commemorative clock in front of City Hall on Nov. 2, when two time capsules also will be buried. A committee has met since 2008 to prepare the celebration.
"The idea of the committee was just to assemble ideas," said Greg Goebelt, committee chairman. "If people wanted to take off with the ideas, great. We didn't have the manpower to do every idea."
After committee members learned that other towns had centennial flags, Whistle Stop coffee shop owner Marina Piacentini suggested a contest and Santi organized the competition.
This weekend's historical events will actually begin Saturday, when the Talent library's 90-year history will be discussed and illustrated in the library's Community Meeting Room. Jim Bradley will give the presentation at 2 p.m. and will repeat it at the same time on Feb. 20.
Bradley said some may be surprised to find that it was the city mothers, not the city fathers, who created the library.
"Nationwide, 75 to 80 percent of public libraries were created by women's clubs. That's what happened in Talent," said Bradley. "The city had a Federated Women's Club."
Four different locations in the Community Center, each one bigger, served the library until it moved to the building that now houses the Talent Historical Society. The library is in its sixth location now, a building constructed in 2008.
Community members also can participate in a quilt project by purchasing a square of muslin for $5 at the Talent Library. There's a March 30 deadline for return of decorated squares, which will be assembled by a group of quilters.
"I think we're probably going to sell 100 of these, which means we will probably have two quilts," Goebelt said.
Lectures, a community quilt, planting of centennial trees, historical walks and tours, an expanded Harvest Festival parade and a silent film festival are among other offerings connected with the centennial.
A centennial page or links to centennial activities may be placed on the city of Talent's Web site. In the meantime, the committee has posted event listings at public and commercial sites in the city.
Tony Boom is a freelance writer living in Ashland. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.