Parrsboro hosts Old-Fashioned Saturday Night
© Jamie Heap
Kerwin Davis stands in front of his green 1932 Buick Coupe Saturday night in Parrsboro during the community's Old-Fashioned Saturday Night which also featured sidewalk sales and live music.
PARRSBORO-Main Street, Parrsboro stepped back in time on Saturday during Old-Fashioned Saturday Night, an event that began about a decade or so ago.
“Wendy Blenkhorn first started it about nine years ago,” stated Ross Robinson of Parrsboro Community Radio who was playing tunes from the 1950s and 1960s.
Nearly three dozen cars gathered the attention of hundreds of onlookers on Main Street, which was closed to traffic between the hours of 5:00 pm and 10:00 pm.
Two of these old cars, a green 1932 Buick Coupe and a black, 1970 London Taxi Cab were owned by Halfway River native Kerwin Davis, who lives in Parrsboro.
“Years ago, when I first came to Parrsboro on a Saturday night, the streets would be lined like this,” recalled Davis. “We were farmers, so we’d come into town with our families to do some shopping, buy an ice cream and maybe go the Gem Theatre and watch a movie,” he added. “We wanted to bring it back to Parrsboro.”
Both of the classic cars owned by Reid and Jo-anne Gilbert, a blue 1938 Chevrolet Master and a 1980 Ford Grenada, were painted by Phil’s Auto Body in Maccan.
“There are a lot of people here tonight,” stated River Hebert resident Michael Gray, the proud owner of a blue 1959 Chevrolet Belair. “It’s quite a turnout.”
There was more to Old-Fashioned Saturday Night than just classic cars and music from the 1950s and 1960s. A number of local businesses were offering specials during the events sidewalk sales. “I’m really enjoying it,” said Amber Lee & Beautiful Me employee Lindsay Smith of her first Old-Fashioned Saturday Night.
Other businesses that were either selling their wares or offering discounts included The Tee Shirtery, House of Yorke Furnishings, Winnock Physiotherapy and Sweet Brier Boutique, a business that was celebrating its grand opening on Saturday.
“The previous owner of this business was Joan Jones who passed away suddenly after running her business for 35 years,” stated new owner Heather Spidell, a Parrsboro native who currently resides in Halifax. “Joan’s daughter Jill Horton will be managing the store for me,” added Spidell. “I couldn’t do it without her.”