Point prepares to celebrate 125th

Councillors John Romlewski and Janice Robson are heading up the 125th anniversary committee celebrations in Point Edward.
By ANGELA CRINCH
Sarnia this week

The Village of Point Edward is gearing up for its 125th anniversary celebrations this summer, but organizers don't expect it to be as big of a party as the 100th anniversary.

"It's very much smaller than the 100th. The 100th was quite a large undertaking. We planted trees. We had a Miss Point Edward. We had championships given out. It's very small scale compared to the 100th, but we just didn't want to let it go by. We felt it should be celebrated because in this day and age of that "a" word amalgamation, we are very proudly independent and we have been for 125 and we hope for another 125," says Village Councillor Janice Robson, anniversary committee co-chairperson.

A family weekend celebration is plannd for Friday, June 27 and Saturday, June 28. The festivities get underway early Friday evening
with a youth dance at the community centre for Grades 4-6 in conjunction with the Point Edward Optimists. An adult sock hop will be held under the bridge later that evening. The Optimists will host the beer tent. Saturday morning, the parade takes place at 11 a.m. It is followed by the opening ceremonies at the pergola, the entrance to Waterfront Park with speeches by dignitaries.The Skyhawks may fly in, if their schedule permits. Food booths and displays will be set up in the park. Memorabilia displays will be at the firehall. The Optimists are hosting a talent show in the park in the afternoon. Saturday evening will culminate with a dance under the bridge.

A calendar has been developed to commemorate the 125th anniversary. The calendar features historical drawings of the village.

Past mayors and councillors are being invited to attend. The public is encouraged to invite their friends and
relatives who have moved away to join in the celebrations. This can be done by picking up a free post card at various village locations including the post office and municipal office.

Volunteers are needed to pass out flags during the parade route, participate in the parade, volunteer at food booths, and bring forward any memorabilia. Anyone wishing to participate can call Lise at 337-5948.

Point Edward was first recognized in a 1796 treaty between the USA and Great Britain, which made the St. Clair River the international boundary. One thousand acres were set aside as a military reserve at the commanding point of land, which was named in honour of Prince Edward Augustus. Point Edward was incorporated as a village in 1878.

(From Press News Conference Jan. 30, 2003 as published Sarnia this week, Feb. 5, 2003)


For more information email:info@pointedward125th.com

See Weekend Schedule
See Press News conference (The Observer, Jan 30, 2003)
See Press News conference (Sarnia this week, Jan 30, 2003)
See Souvenir Information
See Post Card Information

See Post Card News release (The Observer, Apr. 24, 2003)
See Press Photo of 125th Banner raising (The Observer, May 31, 2003)
See Message From The Mayor
See Special Thanks

See Historical Display

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