Perth Amboy To Celebrate 325th Anniversary

PERTH AMBOY—Mayor Wilda Diaz has announced that the City of Perth Amboy is celebrating the 325th anniversary of its charter (1683-2008) in style.

“From now through the end of the year, we have a huge variety of programs and activities planned”, stated Kathleen DePow, chairman of the 325th Anniversary Committee. “No matter what your interests or age, there is something for everyone,” she added.

Perth Amboy was the first successful Scottish settlement in North America established in 1685 by the passengers of the Henry and Francis, a 350-ton ship which arrived that December. They found a neatly laid out “town” of small lots which had been chartered just two years prior to their arrival. Named for the Earl of Perth, the city has numerous parks and streets that still carry the name of some of these early Scottish settlers. On Nov. 23, a plaque commemorating the first Scots who settled Perth Amboy will be unveiled in Caledonia Park as bagpipers play. This will be followed by a non-denominational service at historic St Peter’s Church (1685) and a reception.

On Nov. 21, as part of a Grand Finale Weekend, there will be a Grand Gala dockside on the Cornucopia Princess. Each deck of the ship will have a different theme: past, present and future. Sumptuous food and continuous live music featuring Victor Quezada’s Quartet and Kurt Epps inimitable style will delight neighbors and friends at this celebration.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer tickets for only $50 per person thanks to a generous sponsorship. Our goal was to be able to offer prices that nearly anyone can afford. This has been made possible,” according to DePow who expects not only current residents but those who lived or worked in the city in the past to attend.

In the meantime, there are many special offerings such as the Historic Homes Tour, a Civil War Remembrance Weekend featuring an Aug. 10 special Concerts By The Bay performance of all Civil War-era music as more 20 twenty musicians play in the shade of Bayview Park, The First Infantry Batallion, Company A Living Historians will be encamped on the ridge overlooking the water. The historians group is unusual in that it portrays a Confederate State regular army unit.

For further information regarding any of the activities planned, call DePow at 732-442-5425.

The committee welcomes new members. “I am especially hoping for more twenty- and thirty-somethings. Those of us who have been organizing these events for many years would like to help train our replacements!” DePow said.

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