Brussels 150th Homecoming planning moves ahead; logo, slogan and them revealed
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
Planning for the Brussels 150th Homecoming, set for the summer of 2022, is ramping up, beginning with the release of its official logo, slogan and theme today (June 10).
The planning committee held a contest for the residents of Brussels, asking for a theme, logo and slogan for the event. Co-Chair Dan Fritz says the contest was very successful with plenty of worthy entries, but in the end, it was Michelle and Aliya Dauphin of Brussels who were crowned the winners.
In addition to their theme and slogan, the Dauphins also submitted their proposed logo in black and white. It was then colourized free of charge by Heather Logan and her company H-Creates Graphic Design with shades of blue and black, which will serve as the colours of the event.
The theme is a candle in the window, the sight of which from a distance had been a sign of “welcome” to those wishing to visit. It also represents a sign of good news, friendship or a beacon for weary travellers. The slogan will be, “Let’s Light It Up”.
For winning the contest, Fritz says the Dauphins will receive a Homecoming merchandise prize pack, which will contain one of every single item the committee will have for sale once merchandise has been created.
In an interview with The Citizen, Fritz said the committee has been meeting regularly via Zoom, tackling many of the “boring” elements of planning an event of this size, like being made a committee of Huron East Council and other tasks they must complete.
As members approach the one-year-out mark, things will ramp up and the fun will begin, he said.
The event is scheduled for the Civic Holiday weekend of 2022, running from Friday, July 29 to Monday, Aug. 1.
A special Zoom community meeting went ahead on Wednesday night, bringing local community groups, churches and other organizations into the planning process and giving them first crack at sponsoring an event or a meal at the Homecoming.
He said that while the world continues to tangle with the COVID-19 pandemic, he and his fellow committee members have been encouraged by looking ahead to such a grand celebration next summer. By then, he said, the hope would be that the pandemic will have subsided and vaccination would be widespread, so there won’t be cause for concern regarding the virus and that community members will be ready for a party.
While Fritz and the rest of the committee have been working on a loose framework regarding events they hope to host at the Homecoming, there is still some work that needs to happen before those details can be released to the public.
Some preliminary work has also been done on merchandising for the event, which he hopes will be released soon.
He encourages people to check the event’s Facebook page and The Citizen as more details emerge.