Celebrating the 125th in Parrsboro

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Former Scott property to be used as concert venue for anniversary event

PARRSBORO – A derelict property will become the centerpiece of Parrsboro’s 125th anniversary celebrations next year.

Parrsboro town councillor Lisa Ward is part of a commitete making plans for Parrsboro's 125h anniversary celebrations next year, including the creation of an outdoor concert venue at the former Scott property on Two Islands Road.

A planning committee has received the go-ahead from town council to move forward with plans that will see the former Scott property on Two Islands Road become a concert venue for a special event planned for August of 2014.

“That’s how towns are making it, by holding festivals,” said town councillor Lisa Ward, who is heading up the planning committee with fellow councillor Ron Shaw.

“We haven’t confirmed any musicians or anything like that yet, but we want to have it all cleared, and the stage erected,” said Ward. “We’re also looking at the same time, if possible, to have an outdoor walking track around the perimeter of it, so that way it can be continuously used.”

The existing paved area at the property would be used for parking, while the stage and performance area would be located behind it, she explained. The skateboard park would be left as is in the area closer to the aboiteau, while room would also be left for other long-discussed ideas for the property, such as housing units and a sewage treatment plant.

The outdoor stage would be designed so that it can be taken down and set up again for future events, according to Ward.

“We’re hoping every year to have a festival on the last weekend of August, even though the town’s birthday is actually July 15,” she said.

The area’s current available accommodations would be enough to serve the crowd expected in the first year, according to Ward, who said the event will be for both locals and visitors to take part in.

“Foremost always comes the local people, and for them to be able to celebrate and be proud of their community being in existence for 125 years,” she said. “But this is also to attract people into the area to help local businesses as well, whether it’s the bed and breakfasts, the restaurants or the gift shops.”

The town has committed to have the property cleared by fall of this year.

The 125th anniversary planning committee meets regularly and is seeking more members. Anyone interested can contact Ron Shaw or Lisa Ward.

Shaw said early response from people in town both young and old has been very positive and encouraging.

“It’s crazy,” he said. “I’ve had a lot of people coming on board, wanting to help. They’re very up for it.”

They are excited about the idea of celebrating the anniversary, particularly with an outdoor musical event, according to Shaw, who said he has heard no negative feedback on the idea.

“If we’re going to do tourism and related things, we have to keep on it,” he said.

awagstaff@citizenrecord.ca

Twitter: @ADNandrew

Geographic location: Parrsboro

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  • janice
    October 16, 2013 - 16:41

    the article I spoke about

  • Sabine Schoene
    October 10, 2013 - 07:58

    Wow, what a year it will be ! The Parrsboro Mansion Inn will also celebrate 15 years in business ! www.parrsboromansion.com

  • Debby Canning (Woods) - Texas
    October 10, 2013 - 00:34

    I think this is a wonderful idea. I would love to contribute and/or help in some way. Having been brought up in Parrsboro my whole life I am so proud to call it "My Home Town". I have lived in Texas for the past 25 years, got married here and had my two children (little Texans) here. Fortunately I have managed to bring my family home to our cottage in Two Islands every summer. I love that my kids have enjoyed the fun in experiencing the awesome things that Parrsboro has to offer. Only problem is, is that since my kids school and university always start back by Mid August every year we will not be able to be there the end of August to celebrate the 125 Anniversary. The last weekemd in Ausgust is too late for us to be there and we'd really love to be a part of the celebration. Can't wait to hear all about the plans and activities. Please know that if I am in town I would love to help. My email is bobndebbyw@att.net, Home: 281-367-9917 & cell: 713-501-2438. Thanks so much for all y'all have done already. :-) Debby Canning.