Stepping Back in Time

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Parrsboro hosts Old-Fashioned Saturday Night

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.”

Organizations: Parrsboro Community Radio, Gem Theatre, House of Yorke Furnishings, Winnock Physiotherapy and Sweet Brier Boutique

Geographic location: PARRSBORO, Halfway River, Maccan River Hebert Halifax

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  • Doug & Jacqueline Wilson
    July 07, 2013 - 18:46

    Yes, Old Fashioned Saturday night is certainly one to be experienced! :-) We have been visiting Parrsboro for the last 20 years - however, always in August, for the Mineral and Gem Show! We decided that it was time to make Parrsboro our home, so we bought a house and moved in February 2012 (from Lower Sackville, NS). The Victoria Day long weekend (2012), we opened our doors for our new business, Amethyst Boutique, out of our home - so we just celebrated our one year anniversary! Saturday night was enjoyable on all counts. In addition, it was a wonderful opportunity to meet some amazing people as well as promote our business, Amethyst Boutique; we had a table right at the corner of Victoria Street where we have a sign. Moving to Parrsboro was certainly the best decision that we could have made for our family - we love how it is so positive and family-oriented!