Hank Snow's birthday celebrated in Liverpool

Nick Moase nmoase@theadvance.ca
Published on May 9, 2014

The parking lot was crowded at the Hank Snow Home Town Museum on May 9, to celebrate the life of the country music legend.

Up first Region of Queens Municipality Mayor Christopher Clarke made a declaration that May 9 will be known as Hank Snow day in Queens County. May 9 is Snow's birthday, and this year would have marked his 100th.

Next came the unveiling of the new stamp from Canada Post in Hank Snow's honour. Hank’s son, Rev. Jimmy Rodgers Snow has assisted in developing the stamp and will be on-hand for the unveiling.

The Hank Snow commemorative stamp will actually be issued July 31 as part of a series of stamps featuring Canadian Country performers

Next to the Hank Snow museum, a park was dedicated as the Hank Snow Community Park. The field area will be used for RV parking when the Hank Snow Tribute rolls around, however board of director member Charlotte White says they want to see the park used for much more.

"Hank Snow would be happy it is being used next to the museum," said White.

The final unveiling was a life sized statue of Hank Snow, created by Ivan Higgins of Cosby's Garden Centre. Higgins says he was working on other projects at the same time, but figures it was about 100 hours worth of work that went into the statue.

The statue is modeled after what Hank Snow looked like in the mid 1960's, and local fiddler Jacob Huskins modeled for the pose.

Many people came up to speak to Rev. Jimmie Rodgers Snow, including Christina Boutilier from Lower Sackville. As a young girl she saw his father perform in Nova Scotia before he became famous, and kept some memorabilia from that day. She presented that material to his son after the statue unveiling.  

"I just felt he should have them. I even got a kiss," she laughed.

People crowded into the museum after everything was unveiled and declared, to tour through the museum and get autographs from Jimmie Rodgers Snow.