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Kick off a sesquicentennial summer!

By Kate Butler

Published June 27 2017

It’s not every year that your community turns 150! 2017 is an incredibly important year not only for our country which is marking its sesquicentennial but also for the Municipality of Dysart et al as it also marks its century and a half birthday. Many of you joined us in January at the A.J. LaRue Arena to celebrate the anniversary of the date on which Dysart council held its first meeting and passed its first bylaws which laid the groundwork for the fantastic community we enjoy today.

The village of Haliburton had been established three years prior with the arrival of 40 very brave families who were aided in their move to new homes by the Canadian Land and Emigration Company. Though they had some help and support these families were essentially trying to carve a life out of the wilderness many having never experienced a Canadian winter…and never having experienced black flies! The road didn’t reach Haliburton until the following year which makes the rapidity with which the community grew all the more astonishing.

This summer we invite you to celebrate the accomplishments of these  settlers and the way our community has blossomed. The party kicks off exactly six months after the anniversary of that first council meeting.

All the fun takes place on Head Lake and in Head Lake Park – an area that has been so vital to the development of the village as it was the site of so many of the sawmills which were the backbone of our local economy for decades. The fun kicks off on the evening of July 7 with a campfire sing-along – bring your most enthusiastic singing voices and we’ll supply the songbooks! Follow it up with a trivia night hosted by Sue and Justin Tiffin which will feature some Canadian and local trivia.

Saturday July 8 will bring an amazing assortment of fun activities including water sport and boating activities the Canoe FM Radio Almanac Stories in the Park presented by the Haliburton Lions Club the Youth Unlimited Fun Zone a whole range of community booths and demonstrations and so much more. The day will cap off with a great evening of live entertainment featuring Cassidy Glecoff Bill Candy and Arden and the Tourists. Don’t forget that food and drink will also be available thanks to Haliburton Rotary Into the Blue Pizza and Haliburton Highlands Brewing.

Cap off the weekend on Sunday with healthy active living. Enjoy yoga beach volleyball and paddle the lake – bring your non-motorized watercraft to help us reach our goal of 150 on the Head Lake. After you’ve worked up an appetite stop by the Lions Club’s barbecue brunch!

Don’t miss out on this weekend of history in the making! For more information on this amazing event check out the Dysart et al website or keep your eyes open for next week’s issue of the Haliburton Echo – lots more details to follow!

Kate Butler is the director of the Haliburton Highlands Museum.