Fountain ceremony set for Friday
Downtown construction might interfere with the gift presentation, but it will not stop Baldwin City from giving Baker University a birthday party Sept. 21.
Baldwin City will be donating a fountain, which is being constructed at the corner of Eighth and High streets, to Baker for its 150th anniversary. However, that corner is under construction, along with the north side of High Street as the $1.8 million Downtown Streetscape Project rolls on.
Despite the construction in downtown, the birthday party will happen from 5:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 21, according to co-organizer Cheryl McCrary.
"We're going to work around the construction," McCrary said. "We might go down the other side of Eighth Street, but we will still have the party."
Cake, punch and ice cream will be served at the celebration. The primary event of the evening will be the gift presentation at 6 p.m.
City Administrator Jeff Dingman is keeping a close eye on the downtown project's progress. He believes the fountain and the area around it will be ready, but maybe not quite completed.
"I think it will happen," said Dingman. "All it takes is some optimism. As I understand it, the fountain is built. They'll just need to put it together here. I think they can do it in a day or two.
"It may not have water to it, though," he said.
A group of Baldwin City residents raised funds for the fountain. Names of families who donated $500 or more will be engraved on a bronze plaque to be displayed on pillars near the fountain.
The birthday party will not be the only event in Baldwin City that evening. The Baldwin Community Arts Council's Art Walk finale, Cuppa Java, will take place in downtown. The Baldwin High School football team will be hosting Ottawa at Liston Stadium. Both events begin at 7 p.m.
McCrary said the birthday party was planned to allow people to attend either of the later events.
"We planned it with the Art Walk and home football game in mind," McCrary said. "We hope people will either stay downtown for the Art Walk or go down to the stadium for the football game after the party. We want Baldwin City and Baker people to come out and have a good time. We want it to be a birthday bash."