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Year of events celebrating 50 years of New Minas kicks off

John Ansara stands at the Louis Millett Community Complex with a newspaper clipping from 1988, showing the Mardi Gras that was held to celebrate New Minas’ twenty years as an incorporated village.
John Ansara stands at the Louis Millett Community Complex with a newspaper clipping from 1988, showing the Mardi Gras that was held to celebrate New Minas’ twenty years as an incorporated village. - Sara Ericsson

Village looking for ideas, submissions from community to celebrate village’s history

NEW MINAS, NS – New Minas will officially turn 50 years old September 1, 2018, and will mark its birthday year with tons of celebrations.

John Ansara is the Director of Recreation & Community Development for the village, and is heading the planning process for the events.

Celebrations kicked off Jan. 1 and started with a New Years’ Day Levee, continuing in February with a pancake breakfast at the New Minas and District Lions’ Club and a sledding party at the Lockhart Ryan Memorial Park.

An undated newspaper clipping showing an event for fire services. The New Minas Volunteer Fire Department will also celebrate fifty years, alongside the village, this year.
An undated newspaper clipping showing an event for fire services. The New Minas Volunteer Fire Department will also celebrate fifty years, alongside the village, this year.

“It’s going to be a great year, and we want everyone to enjoy the village while having fun,” said Ansara.

 

‘A few tricks up our sleeve’

Plans for most events are still being finalized, but those set in stone include a special Canada Day doubling as the village’s celebration, where the New Minas Volunteer Fire Department – celebrating its own fiftieth birthday alongside the village – will also be showcased.

“These celebrations are for both us and the village, and we’ve been looking forward to marking the occasion together,” said fire chief Jim Redmond.

“We’re hoping to have a fire truck parade on Canada Day, but we’re still in discussions about that.”

The firefighters were also involved with the recent levee event, and will be present at many events throughout the year.

Ansara echoed Redmond in saying the village is doubly excited for the year’s events, which will culminate into one huge party on Sept. 1 to include music, fireworks, and a formal dinner.

“We’ve got quite a few tricks up our sleeve,” says Ansara.

 

A history spanning over 50 years

The village became incorporated on Sep. 1, 1968, but existed informally before, a fact the various events will highlight through photo, newspaper clippings and artefact submissions from community members.

Soccer is one of the most celebrated aspects of New Minas. It was here that the sport first took off in the Annapolis Valley.
Soccer is one of the most celebrated aspects of New Minas. It was here that the sport first took off in the Annapolis Valley.

Ansara is still looking for submissions from people to include in the celebrations, via social media posts and to-be-determined events.

“We’re still figuring out just how to showcase these pieces of history, but they’ll for sure have a strong presence on social media so we can share them with as many people as we can,” he said.

As for New Minas’ age surprising people, Ansara says it’s a toss up.

As someone who’s lived in the village for only eight years, he’s enjoyed meeting those who’ve been around since long before the incorporation, whose memories span decades.

“We’ve got so many people here who’ve lived here, and who’ve seen it change,” he said.

“We’re looking to collect as much as we can so we can commemorate that.”

People looking for more information as events are finalized, or to speak with Ansara about submissions, can contact him at johna@newminas.com or reach him by phone at 902-681-6577.

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