Sunday, September 21, 2014 was the culmination of a year of planning for the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Portola Valley’s incorporation as a town. The ad-hoc 50th Celebration Committee was headed by Cindie White and Danna Breen, who made this dream become a reality, along with many volunteers, Town Manager, Nick Pegueros, and Town staff.
The day started in an InterFaith Service at the Town Center and included the simultaneous ringing of bells.
The Town invited residents to a BBQ and lots of events through out the day including gathering materials for a new time capsule.
There was an informative panel presentation moderated by Nancy Lund. It gave residents an overview of how the Town was formed and where its values came from. Speakers included Sam Haltsed, George Mader, Sue Crane, Bill Cotton, Tom Vlasic and Alex VonFelt. Jon Silver also spoke eloquently from the audience describing Portola Valley as a “Garden of Eden” for democracy.
You can see the presentation here:
Nancy Bovee, Laure Woods and Steve Dunne performed a new Portola Valley song which they composed for the 50th Anniversary gathering.
What a great way to celebrate Portola Valley, the place we all call home.