This May would mark Hank Snow's 100th birthday, and the Hank Snow Country Music Centre is planning a big celebration in honour of the Brooklyn born singer.
Larry Gatlin will headline the celebrations for Hank Snow's 100th birthday in May.
The Hank Snow Centre has traditionally held a Mother's Day event in May around his birthday, but this event will go much further than that.
The first day, May 9, will be a busy one since it marks Snow's actual birthday. In the afternoon from 1 to 3 p.m., the museum will host an open house with live entertainment and special guests.
A new CD is of Snow's music will make its debut, with a compilation of his most requested songs. Vernon Oickle will launch his new book, which a biography of the musician.
Also that afternoon, a life sized statue created by Ivan Higgins of Cosby's Garden Supply will be unveiled, and the park across from the museum will be designated as the Hank Snow Community Park.
Larry Gatlin is headlining the main event on May 9 at 7 p.m., which will also be his first time in Nova Scotia. Gatlin is a member of the Grand Ole Opry"
"One of the big things on his birthday was to have a celebration with a performer with a connection to Hank," says co-chair Vernon Oickle.
Other performers will include Matt Balsor, and Hank's son Rev. Jimmie Rodgers Snow.
The following day after a breakfast at the Liverpool Fire Hall the Astor Theatre will host a concert series from 1 to 10 p.m., with 12 bands on the roster and the screening of a new biopic on the life of Hank Snow. The museum is partnering with the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame as well, to bring in Nova Scotia talent to the stage.
On May 11 on the final day, Rev. Jimmy Rogers Snow will join the Salvation Army for their church service at 10 a.m.
Afterwards at noon, there will be a children's picnic at the Hank Snow Playground for Children in Brooklyn, as well as tours of the old Cemetery.
This celebration isn't a conflict for the tribute, which will take place in August. Co Chair and Hank Snow Museum curator Kelly Inglis says plans are well underway for this year's tribute, which will again be in Liverpool.
Tickets for the May 9 show are $49. For the May 10 concert series, tickets are $19. Tickets for either show can be purchased at the Astor Theatre box office.