Plans coming together for 125th anniversary

Andrew Wagstaff
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Aug. 30 music festival to highlight summer of activities

PARRSBORO – Plans for this town’s 125th anniversary celebrations are taking shape, with events and activities taking place throughout the spring, summer and autumn months, highlighted by an Aug. 30 music festival.

Parrsboro town councillors Lisa Ward and Ron Shaw are part of the committee putting plans together for the celebration of Parrsboro’s 125th anniversary this year, including a music festival on Aug. 30.

Town councillors Ron Shaw and Lisa Ward, who are heading up a planning committee, said the anniversary celebrations would combine with a number of new and recurring events hosted in the community to make for a special year.

“It’s slowly coming together,” said Shaw. “We’re getting there.”

Working with a budget of $6,000, the planning committee has focused much of its attention on the Aug. 30 music festival, which will run from noon until early evening, so as not to conflict with the Ship’s Company Theatre’s show on that date.

While some of the musical performers have been lined up, they have not been announced, as contracts have not yet been signed. The event will take place at the Scott property, and will also feature a community market. Registration forms for vendors and musicians are available at town hall.

As for admission fees, that will depend on what you want to pay.

“We didn’t want to exclude anyone, so we decided the entrance will be ‘pay what you can,’” said Ward. “It would be lovely if we could cover our costs, but if we don’t, we don’t.”

The Parrsboro Volunteer Fire Department will provide food at the event, but volunteers are being sought to assist in other areas, such as parking and security.

The following day will see a family picnic held at the Scott property

The town’s actual birthday will be on July 15, a date that will see town churches toll their bells at noon in observance of the occasion, following by a celebration from 1-3 p.m. at the civic grounds, with snacks, games and the mayor’s tea party. Town council will dress in period costume for that occasion, as will anyone else who wants to take part.

“We are encouraging anyone and everyone to dress in period costume anytime they want to this summer,” said Ward.

The planning committee is spreading its budget to include the printing of brochures, flags to be placed around the civic square, two large banners reading “Parrsboro Celebrates” to spread across the street, as well as a makeover for the Glooscap statue. It is also providing $300 to the Parrsboro and District Board of Trade to assist with its planning of Old Fashioned Saturday Night on July 5, and Prospectors Street Party, a new event on Aug. 16 to coincide with the Nova Scotia Gem and Mineral Show.

While there remains some cleanup work to be done at the Scott site, Ward said sprucing up the property would make it more appealing for holding future events there.

“The town is spending some money to do work to the property, in the hope that in the future someone else may want to hold a festival there,” she said. “If it’s not ready, it can’t be used. This opens the door to more things. You have to start somewhere to create growth.”

Twitter: @ADNandrew


Organizations: Parrsboro Volunteer Fire Department, Town council, Parrsboro and District Board of Trade Prospectors Street Party

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