First Norristown, now Upper Merion fetes 300 years


Upper Merion Township invites the public to a cake cutting in celebration of its 2013 Tricentennial year, as Norristown is prepares to wind down its tricen celebration in 2012.

The Upper Merion kickoff will be held on Thursday, Oct. 4, during the Board of Supervisors Meeting, at the Township building, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Tricen Chair Judy Vicchio says, “It is the ‘official’ public kick-off by members of the Tricentennial Committee.”

Events include: a community day parade and fireworks display, a tree lighting ceremony, a tricentennial gala dinner, and a golf outing,” Vicchio says,

“The ceremonial birthday tribute will be after the chairperson’s comments, during the early part of the business meeting. she says, “after the cake is cut, a brief opportunity will be made for the public and the press to take pictures and then the cake will be moved to the atrium for everyone to partake.”

Upper Merion was incorporated in 1713 when the King of Prussia Inn, the Gulph Mills, Bird-In-Hand Inn and later the Swedes Ford Inn were required to pay 6 shillings to the Legislature for licenses.

Its diversity and attractiveness comes from its Welsh and Swedish founders, its commercial base, green open space, high tech industry, cultural attractions and outdoor recreational opportunities.

For information, contact Vicchio at 610-265-2600 ext. 209.