Walla Walla will throw an all-day birthday celebration Tuesday for its superhero native son, Adam West.
The actor, born William West Anderson in Walla Walla on Sept. 19, 1928, will be recognized with a day of events honoring his long career as an actor.
West, most famous for his role as Batman in the eponymous 1960s television series on ABC, died in June after a short battle with leukemia. Later that month, the City Council proclaimed Sept. 19 to be Adam West Day, a move applauded by local Adam West fans Jonathan Grant, Adam Lore and Ross Garman.
Grant is the front office manager at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center. With the support of the hotel and a variety of other community partners, he has taken a major role in organizing Adam West Day celebrations.
From before noon and into the evening, businesses around town will display Bat signal stickers and posters of West and offer special promotions. The city will also install a new sign commemorating West near his childhood home at the intersection of Clinton Street and Alvarado Terrace.
Other memorials to West can be found at the post office at 128 N. 2nd Ave and at the Marcus Whitman, both based around photos from the collection of Joe Drazan.
West will also be the focus of a series of events throughout the day. Here’s the itinerary, as listed by Grant:
11 a.m. — Opening ceremonies at the corner of First Avenue and Main Street. Mayor Allen Pomraning will present a key to the city to members of West’s family, and attendees will have the opportunity to meet Batman and pose for photos with an exact replica of the Batmobile that West drove as the Caped Crusader.
1:30 p.m. — Animator, comic book artist and sculptor Rubén Procopio, of Masked Avenger Studios, will speak at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center about his history working with West and on other Batman media, as well as with companies like Disney and Warner Brothers. Procopio designed a proposed statue of West as Batman, which Grant and other advocates hope to install somewhere in the city, and will be showing test drawings. The Batmobile will also be on show.
3 p.m. — Live music from Debra Arlyn and Daniel Minteer at Land Title Plaza, along with activities for children and more free photos with Batman and the Batmobile.
7 p.m. — A screening at Gesa Power House Theatre of the 2013 documentary “Starring Adam West,” a biography of West. Director James Tooley and actor Ralph Garman, who co-starred with West on “Family Guy,” will answer questions after the screening.
9 p.m. — The iconic Bat Signal will shine on the west side of the Marcus Whitman hotel, with a few words from Walla Walla Chief of Police Scott Bieber. “That’s what the police commissioner-- in this case, the chief, does,” Bieber said of the lighting. The ceremony will be followed by a party at Sapolil Cellars on Main Street, featuring Idaho rock band Wide Stance, formerly the Hitmen.