Parrsboro turns 125 with cake, costumes

Andrew Wagstaff
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Town celebrates anniversary of 1889 incorporation

PARRSBORO – The church bells rang through town at noon here today to celebrate a milestone in the history of Parrsboro.

One hundred and twenty-five years after it was incorporated on July 15, 1889, Parrsboro marked its anniversary with a special celebration at the civic grounds and bandstand on Tuesday afternoon, drawing a small crowd under skies gray with intermittent rain.

Mayor Lois Smith, councillors Ron Shaw and Lisa Ward, and various townspeople were bedecked in styles reminiscent of the early days of the town, welcoming guests and handing out birthday cake to those gathered.

“Can you believe 25 years has passed since we marked our 100th year of incorporation in 1989?” asked the mayor, in addressing the crowd. “Like us, I think the town has aged gracefully over the last two-and-a-half decades.”

Smith thanked all whose efforts made the event possible, including the 125th anniversary committee, the public works crew, special projects co-ordinator Taylor Redmond, gardener Donna Hanna, and the many volunteers who contributed to its success.

She also encouraged everyone to stroll along Main Street, visit the local shops and view the many storyboards celebrating the town’s history, and speak to some of the senior citizens who remember Parrsboro’s “heyday.”

“As we look forward to what will hopefully be a bright and prosperous future for the town of Parrsboro, it’s only natural to be nostalgic for the good old days when life was much simpler and moved at a slower pace,” she said.

“Thanks to organizations such as Ship’s Company Theatre, the Parrsborough Shore Historical Society, the Age of Sail society, and the Fundy Shore Auto Club for events such as Old Fashioned Saturday Night and Old Home Week, we are able to keep our fondness for the past alive, while at the same time introducing visitors from away to our unique and storied history.”

The afternoon also included Glooscap stories by storyteller Suzanne Burchell, children’s games left by the town recreation department, door prizes and more, with Peter Hoar serving as master of ceremonies.

Twitter: @ADNandrew

Organizations: Parrsborough Shore Historical Society, Sail society, Fundy Shore Auto Club

Geographic location: Parrsboro

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