The city of South Bend will officially kick off its 150th anniversary celebrations Friday. Mayor Pete Buttigieg and SB150 Programming Committee Chair Aaron Perri will detail the year-long slate of special events. To mark the occasion, an interactive light display designed by an Indiana University South Bend professor will be installed along the St. Joseph River.

December 30, 2014

News Release

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Mayor Pete Buttigieg will participate in several Downtown South Bend First Friday events on Friday, January 2 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm to kickoff yearlong celebrations for South Bend's 150th anniversary. The events are free and open to the public.

At 6:00 pm Mayor Buttigieg will read a proclamation from the balcony of The State Theater, 214 South Michigan Street, declaring 2015 a year to celebrate South Bend’s past, present, and future. Downtown fireworks will conclude the event.

At 6:30 pm, Mayor Buttigieg will attend a reception at the South Bend Museum of Art, 120 South Saint Joseph Street, featuring Aaron Perri, Executive Director of DTSB and chair of the SB150 programming committee. Perri will discuss the special events taking place throughout the year.

The reception will also feature Rob Shakespeare, a professor of lighting design at Indiana University Bloomington, discussing “River Lights,” the public art display he designed as a lasting tribute to South Bend's 150th anniversary. Shakespeare's two interactive light sculptures will be installed along the St. Joseph River, illuminating the cascade near the headwaters of the East Race.

SBMA also will host a cash bar and SB150 merchandise will be available for sale.

A series of “celebration stations” also will be set up at various downtown businesses, featuring free cake samples.

For more information on SB150 and River Lights, visit

Source: The City of South Bend

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