NEW GLASGOW – June 30 will mark a special occasion for the Town of New Glasgow: Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant will be in attendance at the annual Pre-Canada Day celebrations to bestow an honour on the community.
New Glasgow has been chosen as one of four communities in the province to receive the Lieutenant Governor’s Community Spirit Award in recognition for exemplary civic and community spirit.
“I think it’s absolutely delightful,” noted Mayor Barrie MacMillan, “to have the lieutenant governor coming to present the award. As a native of New Glasgow (Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant) makes it even more special.”
New Glasgow, New Ross in Lunenburg County, Gabarus in Cape Breton Regional Municipality and Upper Hammonds Plains in Halifax Regional Municipality will all be presented awards this summer.
Kim Dickson, director of marketing and communications for New Glasgow adds, “It’s truly an award for the entire community to celebrate community pride and spirit…” She adds it is a result of the numerous service clubs, non-profit organizations, schools and arts and culture in the community.
The event begins at 6 p.m. at Glasgow Square with the Kids Fun Zone which includes Plinko, hop scotch and more games, a fish pond as well as face painting, airbrush painting and balloon art. There will also be free chocolate samples, temporary tattoos, small Canada Day flags, popcorn and vintage fire trucks along with the mini fire truck.
At 6:45 p.m. the official flag raising will take place, followed by the Mayor’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social with free ice cream while the Dixie Rovers perform along the river bank.
At 7:30 p.m., the lieutenant governor will present the community spirit award, followed by music from Doris Mason.
“Doris Mason is one of our starlets in New Glasgow and the county. She was commissioned by the town in 2000 to write a song for the 125th anniversary of the town’s incorporation so she will be performing that along with some of her other well-known songs,” notes Carlton Munro, program and events manager for Glasgow Square.
Rounding out the entertainment will be Rawlins Cross at 8:30, finishing with fireworks.
Munro says Rawlins Cross doesn’t do a lot of touring, so this show is pretty special.
“This is one of only three shows around the province this summer, one of which is a private event in Halifax. Really, they’re one of the most recognized names in East Coast music in the last decade at least…”
He says there may also be some collaboration between the band and Mason as they have shared the stage many times over the years.
Dickson also says the fireworks have a little something extra this year as well.
“We have an enhanced program this year with the atmosphere of an old-fashioned fair. There will be picnic tables and vendors from the New Glasgow Farmer’s Market as well as a food truck,” explains Dickson.
She says there will also be a red carpet feel to the event with a backdrop saying ‘Flourish’ where people can take selfies and have a photographer take photos holding signs stating what they love about the town to be used in a social media campaign.
“We want to capture some images of community spirit from children to seniors.”
All of these events, except for the food truck and vendors, are free for the public to enjoy.
“We are so thrilled to receive this award; it’s not every day you get something like this,” she says. “Lismore and River John have received (it) in the past so it’s for communities of all sizes.”
Dickson says there should be something for all ages to enjoy and with it wrapping up at 10 p.m., people can make it home in time to rest up for the following day’s Canada Day festivities.
Kim Dickson, marketing and communications director for the Town of New Glasgow,
and Janine Linthorne and Carlton Munro of Glasgow Square, show their national pride for the upcoming Pre-Canada Day celebrations taking place at Glasgow Square on Thursday, June 30. (Harvie photo)