Time capsule-closing concludes Oldsmar’s centennial celebration

Oldsmar Doug Bevis (r) and City Council member Dan Saracki close the city's time capsule during a ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016.

Oldsmar Doug Bevis (r) and City Council member Dan Saracki close the city’s centennial time capsule during a ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016.

The closing of a time capsule filled with mementoes from Oldsmar’s 100-year history on Tuesday evening officially concluded the city’s yearlong centennial celebration.

In a brief ceremony held just prior to the city’s annual tree lighting, Oldsmar City Council member and centennial committee chair Dan Saracki spoke about the capsule and the efforts of the Oldsmar 100 team.

Oldsmar city Council member thanks one of the many centennial committee volunteers Tuesday evening.

Oldsmar City Council member Dan Saracki thanks one of the centennial committee volunteers on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016.

“I’ve been the chair of this time capsule for the last two years, and tonight we’re going to close it, and it won’t be opened for 50 years,” Saracki told the large crowd gathered in front of City Hall.

Saracki went on to thank many of those who helped organize the various centennial events that were held throughout the year, from glitzy dinner dances and classic car parades to star-studded rock concerts and the fun-filled Fifth Fridays music series.

“Believe it or not, I’m glad this day is here and we’re closing this time capsule!” Saracki concluded before handing the mic to Mayor Doug Bevis.

Bevis started by saying as a kid he never envisioned being mayor of a city, and then he turned to the young Forest Lakes Elementary choir members and related how his history tied in with the time capsule.

“You kids will be my age when we open this box,” he said. “And who knows, one of you might be mayor when we do open it!”

With that, the two local lawmakers placed a plaque on top of the contents of the time capsule case, which was constructed by local company Allcases, before securing the latches that won’t be opened for 50 years.

Items included in Oldsmar's time capsule include postcards, menus, clothing, toys, a signed fire helmet and a bust of former mayor and current city council member Jerry Beverland.

Items included in Oldsmar’s time capsule include postcards, menus, clothing, toys, a signed fire helmet and a bust of former mayor and current city council member Jerry Beverland.

When the box is finally opened, the openers will discover myriad items submitted by Oldsmar officials, residents, business owners and other contributors.

The list of items includes newspaper articles, business cards, menus, postcards, graduations announcements, a signed fire helmet, photographs, toys, clothing, DVDs, books, brochures, envelopes, lanyards and a bust of longtime city manager, Bruce Haddock.

Yes, you read that right—a signed fire helmet!

Oldsmar Mayor Doug Bevis poses with Amici's Catering owner Michael Lamando and his children, Tianna, 11, and Michael, 7 on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016.

Oldsmar Mayor Doug Bevis poses with Amici’s Catering owner Michael Lamando and his children, Tianna, 11, and Michael, 7, on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016.

Following the case-closing, Mayor Bevis enlisted the help of Michael Lamando, owner of Oldsmar’s Business of the Year, Amici’s Catering, to throw the switch on the city’s Christmas tree.

After illuminating the giant new tree, to a round of “ooohs” and “aaahhhs,” Lamando talked about the experience.

“I’m honored and humbled to be able to light the tree with my children in the city of Oldsmar, especially during the Centennial,” he said.

“I truly love this city and to have this opportunity, I can’t ask for anything else. It’s something I’ll never forget.”

Here’s a look at scenes from Oldsmar’s time capsule closing and tree lighting ceremonies:

 

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