By Jason KUROSU
With the 100th anniversary of Montrose last year, Montrose will now celebrate surpassing the century mark with a Montrose Founder’s Day celebration on Sunday, Feb. 23.
The celebration will take place in the heart of Montrose, side-by-side Sunday’s weekly Harvest Market and Marketplace (which will be extended beyond its usual operating hours to 4 p.m.) in the 2200 and 2300 blocks of Honolulu Avenue. Along with the usual vendors, attendees can enjoy live music from Stinky Felix as well as a dance performance from the students of Revolution Dance Center. In keeping with the Founder’s Day theme, the Crescenta Valley Historical Society will have photographs on display detailing Montrose’s long history.
Kids can also enjoy a petting zoo and a host of inflatable attractions, including a climbing wall, swing and a train.
A series of awards will also be handed out to various members of the community. Honored with The Montrose Founders Award will be Pat Grant from Faye’s in recognition of exceptional dedication and vision in shaping the character of the Montrose business district and the Montrose community as a whole.
The Montrose Business Achievement Award is presented in recognition of the outstanding qualities of imagination, customer service and unique merchandising which have uplifted the character of the Montrose Shopping Park. There are two recipients this year: Mia Pedersen from Paradis and Maureen Palacios from Once Upon a Time.
The Montrose Community Service Award will be given to former Montrose postmaster Bob Thompson. The award is presented in recognition of qualities of diligence, kindness and professionalism by a public servant of standing within the Montrose community.
Mary O’Keefe from the Crescenta Valley Weekly is being honored with the
Montrose Humanitarian Award. It is given in recognition of the highest sense of idealism in the performance of charitable and civic works.
The Montrose Community Preservation Award is presented in recognition of individual efforts within the Crescenta-Cañada Valley to educate the community about the virtues of our local history. Local historian Robert Newcombe is being honored with this award.
Cake prepared by Henry Baeza of Montrose Café will be served to attendees.
“We have not held an awards ceremony since 2010 but wanted to reinstate this tradition to honor our local businesses and community members whose contributions make Montrose such a wonderful and special community,” said MSPA Events Coordinator and Marketplace Manager Linda McMenamin.