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Centennial Events: Corte Madera Celebrates 100 Years

Posted in Blogging Marin on Monday, May 17, 2021 by MCVB Staff

By Whitney Butler


On Jan. 13, 1913, snow fell and covered the tiny town of Corte Madera. It was three years before Corte Madera officially incorporated. The land was mostly marshes, with a few homes nestled into the hillside, a lonely post office and a train station. That was more than 100 years ago, and peculiar weather isn’t the only interesting thing happening in this charming town of Marin County.


In 2016, Corte Madera celebrated its centennial anniversary, and it’s been just as long since Corte Madera has seen snow!


The Corte Madera Centennial celebration happened all year in 2016 and included a special lineup of free activities and events. Residents and visitors alike enjoyed centennial-inspired events that celebrated the city’s 100th birthday while learning about the fascinating history that shaped the once-redwood-covered hills of Corte Madera into a bustling destination for shopping, fine dining and small-town charm.


Throughout the entire year, Corte Madera hosted several events covering a true myriad of interests, such as the Vintage Car Show on May 22—a free event featuring pre-World War I, unique and original cars. There was also the July Fourth Parade & Festival, which in addition to a rare fireworks display, included musical entertainment, carnival games, arts and crafts for the kids, as well as vendors serving Fourth of July favorites like hot dogs and hamburgers. And don’t forget about the 5K Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot, or the Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social in Menke Park on Sept. 25.


But the centerpiece of Corte Madera’s Centennial Celebration was during Weekend 100! – a free, three-day party from June 10 to 12 held in the heart of the community. Everyone was welcomed to join the fun for a packed lineup of events and activities the whole family will enjoy.


On Friday, June 10, the fun began at the community center with a family-style evening of entertainment, including a free catered Italian dinner (sign up in advance), followed by an excavation of the city’s old time capsule, buried at the community center 25 years ago. The items from the capsule was put on display that night for everyone to enjoy.


Saturday included an entire day of activities at Town Park and The Village at Corte Madera. At the Town Park, outdoor yoga classes, a community bike parade, a free hot dog lunch and a town band concert were enjoyed by all. At The Village, hot drinks and cookies were served before an evening fireworks display.


The last day, Sunday, June 12, included a chili cook-off (free samples, of course!), free ice cream and an Old-Time Ball Game pitting the Corte Madera Firefighters against the Corte Madera Police.


Every town only gets one centennial celebration, and everyone is welcome to enjoy this year’s festivities as we honor the traditions and heritage of this one-of-a-kind Marin County community.


For all you need to plan your Marin County vacation, visit the Marin Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website or Facebook page.

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