Yes, it was a little warm – however that didn’t get in the way of a large crowd coming to Lockwood Park this afternoon to celebrate Canada Day. The Honourable Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing was in the ‘Port and had some very inspiring words for the people and businesses of our Village.
Congratulations to May LaHey who is Westport’s Senior of the Year for 2018. Such a great Ambassador. Steve, Frank Huth and I cut the ribbon to “officially open” the new stage. The Royal Canadian Legion Upper Rideau Branch #542 Colour Party took the lead for the parade, followed by Mary Cowan chauffeuring the “Senior of the Year” and supported by the Westport Fire Fighters and the Westport Arts Council’s float. And lots and lots of kids, bikes and moms and dads. So much fun for everyone!
Hope everyone had a good time!
This afternoon, in heat that felt like 40 degrees, a few brave souls laid hundreds of rolls of sod at Lockwood Park. The goal was to finish off the landscaping around the natural playground, cenotaph, basketball court and stage before Canada Day. And the goal was reached. Thanks to Green Street Challenge and Elizabeth Hess for the sod.
And who were the brave souls who defied the heat to get the job done? I want to thank, Paul and Heather Snider, Mark and Miriam Snider, Phil and Maureen and Matthew Young, Peter Evans, Derek Palmer and Elizabeth Hess.
Come see for yourself! July 1st @ 1:30. Official Opening of the stage by The Honourable Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and the announcement of the 2018 Senior of the Year take place before we kick off the Canada Day parade.
HAPPY CANADA DAY!!!
The Canada Day celebrations in the Village will begin at 1:30 on July 1st at the George St side of Lockwood Park. Events include the grand opening of the stage and announcing the Westport Senior of the Year. MPP Steve Clark will be here to help us cut the ribbon.
The parade will then begin and we are inviting everyone to be IN the parade again this year. There is a space for you if you fall into any of these categories: boys and girls, girls and boys and kids with their bikes. Other categories include dogs and their owners, musicians, clowns, men and women, grandmas, grandpas, aunties, uncles and cousins, antique vehicles and floats. The Westport Senior of the Year will lead the parade – right behind the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 542 Colour Party. The Fire Fighters will be joining the fun again this year. Join the fun on July 1st and show your home town pride by wearing red and white!.
The parade begins on George St and proceeds to Bedford St, to Church St, down Church to Spring St and end at the Community Centre where Sparky will be waiting for the kids and the Legion will have treats.
And at 5:00 p.m., everyone can join the rest of the July 1st events at Rideau Vista Public School, where there will be a BBQ, games for the kids, live music and, of course, the best fireworks in Eastern Ontario.
Happy Canada Day!
Happy Sesquicentennial! It is hard to believe that July 1st, 2017 has arrived and we can mark 150 years of Confederation. Strong, Proud and Free is the theme for the Sesquicentennial – and I know you will agree with me that phrase describes living in Westport and area.
Lots to do over the next couple of days. The Green Street Challenge kicks off the celebrations today (Friday) at 10:00 on Fetch Murphy Way (road leading to the harbour). The Harbour Advisory Committee to Council is literally rolling out the red carpet – well it is actually green grass – on Fetch Murphy Way to encourage play with our youth and children. Opening ceremonies are at 11:00, BBQ available from the Westport Fire Fighters and the fun goes until 4:00 p.m.
Tomorrow morning the OPP are coming to town to provide lessons on bike safety. We will meet at the Community Centre parking lot at 10:30. I understand that a special guest might attend to help you and your kids check that the bike itself is safe. If you want to decorate the bike for the parade at the end of the bike safety, there will be time before it concludes at noon. Rain or Shine – we will move into the arena if we need to.
The Parade will form up at 12:30 at St Ed’s parking lot. The Senior of the Year will be announced before we start the parade at 1:00 p.m. The Parade will be led by the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 543, Colour Party and take the same route as in other years – Bedford to Church to Spring. The Legion will have treats for the children at the conclusion of the parade and the Westport Fire Department will have some surprises planned as well.
And then it is off to Rideau Vista Public School and all of the activities that Cathy and Guy Davison have planned there. Music, games, heritage displays, food – what else does a Canada Day need? Right! Fireworks tomorrow night at 10:00.
Happy Canada Day everyone. Strong Proud and Free.. Proud to be Canadian!