East Stuart celebrates 100th birthday with series of October events

centennial logoThe small community of East Stuart, will celebrate its 100th birthday this month. In honor of the occasion, the East Stuart Centennial Committee has organized a full schedule of historic and community events. All activities are open to the public and the committee invites everyone to attend.

A Night of Historical Reflection – October 9, 2013 7:00 p.m. at the 10th Street Community Center, 724 SE 10th Street, Stuart – FREE – Video and photo presentation on East Stuart history.

Talent Show – October 11, 2013 7:00 p.m. at the 10th Street Community Center, 724 SE 10th Street, Stuart – FREE – To participate contact Gene McHardy at 772-285-7971 or Philip Harvey at Go for It Hair Salon in the Harvey Plaza, 502 SE Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.

Centennial Parade – October 12, 2013 10:00 a.m. in the East Stuart Community – FREE – Parade route to start at Georgia Avenue and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and end at the 10th Street Community center.

Family Fun Day – October 12, 2013 10:00 a.m. at the 10th Street Community Center, 724 SE 10th Street, Stuart – FREE – Choirs, DJs, Vendors and more. Interested vendors, please contact Philip Harvey participate contact Philip Harvey at Go for It Hair Salon in the Harvey Plaza, 502 SE Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.

Gala Celebration Dance – October 19, 2013 7:00 p.m. at the 10th Street Community Center, 724 SE 10th Street, Stuart –$25.00/Person – Food, beverages, and music by Greg Jackson and the MoJo Band. For more information or tickets contact Gene McHardy at 772-285-7971 or Philip Harvey at Go for It Hair Salon in the Harvey Plaza, 502 SE Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.

Incorporated as Lincoln Park in October 1913, the community now known as East Stuart was also called Colored Town and Little Dixie through the years. The district is bounded roughly by Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard (formerly East 7thStreet), Palm Beach Road, East 10th Street, and the railroad. Settled by migrants from the southern United States and the Bahamas, East Stuart is home to many Martin County African-American institutions and landmarks, including the Stuart Training School, Gertrude Walden Child Care Center, and the East Stuart Civic Center (now known as the 10th Street Community Center). As it celebrates its 100th year, East Stuart today is a multi-cultural community rich in history, faith, and tradition. Events celebrating the community’s 100-year history are organized by the East Stuart Centennial Committee, chaired by Gene “Sam” McHardy. For more information, call 772-285-7971.

The City of Stuart is a coastal community of approximately 16,000 on the East Coast of Florida. Incorporated in May 1914, the city is celebrating 100 years on the St. Lucie. The yearlong centennial observance includes historical programs, festivals, parades, and a citywide gala. Stuart Centennial activities are directed by the Centennial Task Force, a commission appointed committee, which meets in the City Hall Chambers at 121 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart. Meeting times area available of the City of Stuart website, www.CityofStuart.us. For more information, please visit www.celebratestuart.org or www.facebook.com/celebrate.stuart100.