Early planning for Richmond’s 200th anniversary

Ottawa Communitiy News: February 5, 2015

John Curry


A gala “black tie” dance and a massive ceremony renewing wedding vows that might gain recognition in the Guinness Book of World Records are among the event ideas being considered in the early planning for Richmond’s 200th anniversary celebrations in 2018.

The Richmond 2018 Anniversary Celebration Committee held its second working meeting since its formation on Thursday, Jan. 29 at the Goulbourn Museum, going over a list of suggested and possible events to be held to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Richmond’s founding in 1818.

A “black tie” dance with a suggested attendance of 500 people and a renewal of wedding vows ceremony presided over by Richmond’s clergy that might attract many participants, perhaps enough for an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records, are just two of the events being considered.

There’s lots more – a genealogy workshop, walking tours of Richmond, carnival activities, a performance by the RCMP musical ride, a lumberjack demonstration, an antique car show, a military band concert, a parade, a drama presentation, a fiddling and step dancing show, a fireworks display, an appearance by the Ontario Provincial Police Golden Helmets motorcycle team, a helicopter repelling demonstration, a pancake breakfast, a 10K run and a craft and gift show.

There is also the suggestion of an historical re-enactment encampment, perhaps at the Jock River Park. The site is going to be examined to determine if it would work as the site for such an encampment and just how extensive such an encampment could be.

A fashion show featuring both current and historical clothing is another event that is being considered.

Most of these events would be held on the weekend of June 15-17, 2018 although some events might take place throughout the month of June or perhaps at other times in the year.

The committee is trying to establish a proposed schedule of events and costs related to them so that it can pursue its fundraising activities for the celebrations. Early projections foresee a budget ranging from $50,000 to $75,000. Grants and corporate sponsorships are being viewed as the sources of funds for the celebrations.

The committee is also discussing in a very preliminary way what might be an appropriate legacy project that might result from these 200th anniversary celebrations.

These range from a clock tower at Memorial Park to development of a mountain bike park on a site behind the Richmond Legion Hall to a building with community meeting and activity space.

The Richmond Village Association (RVA), one of the seven community groups with representatives on this 2018 Anniversary Celebration Committee, will be posting information on its website seeking volunteers who wish to be involved with these 200th anniversary celebrations and also seeking any ideas about events or activities that could be held as part of the celebrations.

There are also plans to have a 200th anniversary logo and song and ideas are needed about how to proceed with such an initiative. The seven community organizations who have representatives on this Richmond 2018 Anniversary Celebration Committee include the Goulbourn Township Historical Society, the Goulbourn Museum, the Richmond Agricultural Society, the Richmond Legion, the Richmond Village Association, the Goulbourn Kiwanis Club and the Richmond District Lions Club.

Judy Wagdin of Richmond is chairing this Richmond 2018 Anniversary Celebration Committee.

Ottawa Community News Article: February 5, 2015

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