September 7, 2020

It takes a community to raise a Heritage Village

North Bay's Heritage Festival feature a Heritage Village in the mid-1990s.

Pam Handley's Heritage Matters column in the Fall Edition looks at how the Heritage Village came about and how the community embraced it for the years it lasted.

An excerpt:  

There was no charge to enter the Heritage Village which proved to be a strong incentive for families to join us for a wide range of exhibits over the usually sunny and sometimes very hot, weekend.

On opening day of the first Village, a wonderful piper, Dave McPhail from Br. 23 Royal Canadian Legion, led us around the village to the opening ceremonies on the stage with local dignitaries helping to open the first Heritage Village.  It quickly became a popular part of Civic Holiday weekends for several years.

Many memories flood back when looking back on it, including:

-    The North Bay Mattawa Conservation Authority, they were always the first ones I called.

-    The Girl Guides of Canada another faithful exhibitor

-     The three Anglican Churches in North Bay, who later combined forces under one tent to display baking and crafts.

-     And not to be outdone, Rev. Jerry Smith from St. Brice’s led Morning Worship under the big top Sunday Morning. 

-    In the afternoon, the Davedi Club Men’s Choir joined the stage for renditions of their wonderful songs with such powerful voices and when finished singing, set up a game of bocce ball. 

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