May 18 highlighted a confluence of old and new during the Signal Mountain Centennial observation as residents attended a Centennial Town Services Day. As part of the city services, the MACC joyfully welcomed one and all to the center with a selection of memorabilia designed to remind visitors of what life was like when the town was first established.
Anne Roza and Rob Inman took on the personas of teachers from 1926 in a classroom set up to show what school was like at that time. Questions like,“Who is the president?,” “What were the most popular baby names?” “Who was the most famous person in 1926?” and were prepared to give ideas about how different life was. Re-enactment of the usual lessons and common situations of the time were reminders of how much life has changed in just 100 years.
Perhaps the most surprising question researched for the day was the life expectancy for men and women! Age 55 for men and 58 for women was the average end of life for that time.
Town facilities were open for the celebration day, as the police and fire departments, public works, the library, and the history center also showed off their services for the day.
Adding to the ambiance, Brooke and Bob Daniels and their children completely renovated a large flower bed that was once the home of an imaginary town, Little Root. In between rain showers, they removed weeds and grasses, dug up the bed, and planted lovely shrubs.
Signal Mountain Garden Club refurbished its plot at the flagpole in honor of the occasion, making sure that brave flowers greeted all visitors.
Work continues on the MACC, with an end in sight! Final touches are being put on the new drainage system, with concrete pouring scheduled soon, and the auditorium boasts a newly restored floor. Everyone is eagerly awaiting the day that the entire building is again ready for full occupancy and stage productions.