On July 1 2017 Grimsby will celebrate the sesquicentennial anniversary of Canadian Confederation with Grimsby 150, an activity filled day organized by Grimsby’s cultural and heritage organizations – Grimsby Historical Society, Grimsby Museum, Grimsby Public Art Gallery, Grimsby Public Library and Nelles Manor Museum.
From 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. there will be fun and excitement for the whole family in Coronation Park and at Grimsby Museum and Nelles Manor Museum. Using the #Grimsby150 Passport discover Grimsby’s history, how to create, and much more. After your passport is stamped, the back page will be your ballot for a wonderful prize. Adult participants could win a Canadian Shield Rose developed at Vineland Research. The children’s prize will be a treasure box. A path of maple leaves will lead through the park to the Museum and Nelles Manor.
In Coronation Park the Art Gallery will organize art activities for kids. Local artists will be demonstrating pleine air or outdoor painting next to Forty Mile Creek. You will be able to learn about local and Canadian authors with the Library, and the Library and Art Gallery will help you create your own time capsule. The Historical Society will be showcasing local homes, history and genealogy. Local historian Dorothy Turcotte will be on hand from 10 a.m. – 12 noon for a book signing. On stage there will be music and also a play written by Rudy Janet Powell.
The Museum will host a carnival with games. Costumed actors will be talking about Grimsby’s connection to international events throughout the day. There will also be a photo contest of your #Grimsby150 where shutterbugs can submit their pictures of Grimsby in the year 2017. The Lion’s Club will be holding a BBQ at the museum as well.
Nelles Manor Museum will highlight the life and times of one of the original “The Forty” families. There will be a self-guided tour through the manor; you never know who you will find in the rooms! Fun and games will be on the front lawn.
At 12 noon, officials will ring the Town Bell at the Museum. Many churches will also be ringing their bells. All residents, even those not at the event, are encouraged to open your doors and ring your bells at home or listen to sound of the town. After the bells will be the singing of O Canada.
Each location will have a photo op so use the #Grimsby150 to show your photos.
Throughout the day items from #Grimsby150 will be collected for a time capsule. The capsule will be presented to the Museum on December 31st at the New Year bell ringing for safe keeping until 2042 Canada’s 175th anniversary.
For more information contact Grimsby150@gmail.com; Facebook Grimsby150 or Instagram #Grimsby150.