Annapolis County’s only village celebrates diamond anniversary on Saturday
Shown here is one of the photographs already entered in the Lawrencetown 60th Anniversary photo contest on Facebook. Go to Lawrencetown’s 60th Anniversary page and enter your own photographs of Lawrencetown. There are cash prizes for the top three photos.
By Lawrence Powell
Sixty years ago on November 1, Lawrencetown in the Annapolis Valley became an incorporated village. On November 2, 2013 the entire community and surrounding area is celebrating big time.
Lead by the Village Commission, a number of today’s residents thought it was high time and a good idea to let everyone know just how wonderful and busy a place Lawrencetown is today.
With that in mind a small representative committee was formed to take this idea forward.
The outcome was that the village saw this as a great opportunity for local businesses and volunteer organizations to showcase themselves at a ‘Lawrencetown 60th Anniversary’ event.
The outcome of the numerous planning meetings will bear fruit on Saturday at the Lawrencetown Volunteer Fire Department fire hall from 1 to 4 p.m.
Local businesses and volunteer organizations will be there to show all comers just who they are and what they do.
Two things you should know when you walk into the fire hall on Saturday are: Lawrencetown’s boundaries form a perfect circle (perhaps the only such community in North America) and there is no beach (that’s the other Lawrencetown).
Diana Ackroyd has been helping organize the event. She’s perhaps best known locally as the force behind Lawrencetown being Canada’s first and only Canadian Wildlife Federation-designated Backyard Habitat Community.
“With the exception of the past 10 years, Bill and I have lived in Ontario all our lives, however, it is the village that we call home,” Ackroyd said. “We can't imagine living any place else. The surroundings, the people -- it's like we've always been here.”
“If you are a current resident and don’t know what there is going on in your village, come along,” said Karel DeNeve, who has been involved in organizing Saturday’s event. “If you want to help and support the hardworking people who run their businesses in or from the Village, come along and check them out – supporting local is a great way to go.”
DeNeve said if you have an interest in joining or helping out with some of the community spirited volunteers in the village, “come along and check out what they’re all about and what they do for your community – you may just be pleasantly surprised.”
He said former residents are also encouraged to attend to find out what’s going on in the village now. “If you’re simply interested in how the village has changed in the last 60 years, come along and find out,” DeNeve said. “If you’d just like to meet up with old friends and chew things over, come on out.”
The actual celebrations will include an exposition of local businesses, service clubs, volunteer groups – 45 display areas all told. Plus there will be numerous activities activities, entertainment, and competitions. There will also be refreshments and an anniversary cake.
There is already a ‘My Lawrencetown’ photo competition running on the Lawrencetown’s 60th Anniversary Facebook page and entries numerous entries have already been posted. Anyone who is not a professional photographer can enter and photographs must have been taken in Lawrencetown. You don’t have to be a Lawrencetown resident.
-- Outdoor Activities provided by Annapolis County Recreation.
-- Children’s face painting by Funtastic.
-- Children’s tattoos done by Joan Steadman.
-- Wool spinning demonstration by Noah's Place Farm.
-- Slide presentation on Lawrencetown's history by Dave and Paulette Whitman.
-- The Lawrencetown Baptist Church will have their fish pond set up.
-- River Bend Cranberries is having a tasting table of cranberry products.
-- Bob Bent will be reading from his newly published book "Have Yourself a Silly Little Christmas" to the children in a special area set up in the truck bay.
-- Phil Milo will talk about Lawrencetown’s own Major Church.
"On November 2 the Village of Lawrencetown will be celebrating its 60th year of incorporation.
"I would like to welcome all to come join in our celebration for an afternoon of local history, stories, displays, entertainment, and refreshments. Come discover the incredible variety of businesses, organizations that are offered in the village and surrounding area. Come visit with local residents and experience the community spirit of the people who live here.
"Hope to see you there."
Lawrencetown Village Commission