May 30, 2014
Picente Kickoffs Off Union Station Centennial Weekend Celebration
Joined By Historical Societies Picente Unveiled The Commissioned Centennial Plaque
County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. alongside members of Oneida County’s Board of Legislators, Elected officials and historical preservation organizations such as the Landmark society and the Historic Railroad Society and others officially kicked off Union Station’s three day Centennial Celebration. Historic Boehlert Center at Union Station in Utica opened in 1914.
County Executive Picente said “This is an historic day in Oneida County and for one of Oneida County’s premiere landmarks, Boehlert Center at Union Station. This a moment that we all want to acknowledge and truly appreciate the history that has taken place at this station.”
Picente unveiled a commissioned plaque commemorating the centennial anniversary. In addition to the Oneida County Commissioned Centennial Plaque the National Railway Historical Society, National Historic Railroad Landmark issued an historic plaque of its own commemorating the station’s centennial anniversary.
As well as the new commemorative plaques there is a weekend of celebration including the enhanced Oneida County Public Market. The Public Market, on Saturday, in addition to its regular attractions will include a live appearance by WUTQ (10:00am to noon,) participation in the Market by the Oneida County Dairy Princess and the bike safety/rodeo by the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office. The Adirondack Scenic Railroad will also be offering rides into the Utica Marsh and tours of their private cars available for rent.
Picente went on to say “We are pleased to have the Enhanced Public Market and an event at the Trackside this Saturday because it highlights the future of this historic landmark. We have praised the past today while highlighting the bright future here at Union Station.”
Also on Saturday night May 31st the Landmark Society of Greater Utica along with community partners will host a Steam Engine Dance Gala to celebrate the anniversary at the Trackside Restaurant and Union Station. The event starts at 6:30pm and continues until 11:00pm. Tickets are available at the Stanley Theatre box and live entertainment by Steve Falvo “Easy Money” Big Band and Anthony LaBarbera. All proceeds go to benefit the Landmark Society.