Less than 1,200 days until Richmond’s 200th anniversary year

Ottawa Community News: October 30, 2014

John Curry


The countdown has begun and so has the planning.

It is just 1,156 days or so until the year 2018, Richmond’s 200th anniversary year.

And already the planning for special celebrations to mark the occasion has begun, with a second meeting to brain storm and begin planning for these celebrations taking place on Thursday, Oct. 23. This was a follow up to an initial meeting held two months ago to get the ball rolling on planning 200th anniversary celebrations for Richmond.

One of the initial actions being undertaken is to develop a web presence which will probably be a special section on the Richmond Village Association’s website. It is felt that this web presence is needed before action can be begun in the community on creating a logo and perhaps even a song for the 200th anniversary. A discussion about how ideas can be generated in the community for a possible logo will take place at the next meeting of the committee which has now been formed to facilitate the planning of the 200th anniversary celebrations for Richmond.

There is also talk of having special street banners for the anniversary year, much like the “My Winter Wonderland” banners which are created each year for display leading up to Christmas and beyond.

The committee is now trying to nail down estimated costs for various suggested activities and events in the year 2018 in Richmond so that financial figures can be determined in preparation for applying for any grants available and to begin fundraising including lining up corporate sponsors.

Tino Bevacqua, president of the Richmond Village Association (RVA), told those at the Oct. 23 meeting that the RVA hopes to put aside $2,000 a year in its coming annual budgets so that it will have a minimum of at least $6,000 to contribute to the funding of the celebrations.

These celebrations right now are being considered to happen mainly on the weekend of

June 15-15, 2018. A whole host of activities and events have been suggested, with some preliminary action taken on some of them. These include walking tours of Richmond with costumed interpreters at the various stops along the route; a military band concert featuring the Central Band of the armed forces; a performance by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police musical ride; a parade; a drama presentation or play written about Richmond’s history; a fiddle and stepdancing event; a magic show; performances by local bands; a Saturday night dance; a gala bingo; a fireworks display; a celebrity ball game; old fashioned games for children; a performance by the OPP Golden Helmets motorcycle team; an historic encampment with re-enactors depicting the 1818 time frame; display of some of the artifacts uncovered in a recent archeological dig in Richmond which are now in the possession of the Goulbourn Museum; heritage crafts for youngsters; a pancake breakfast; a BBQ and possible church luncheons and dinners; a beer garden at the arena; a 10K run or triathlon; a craft and gift show; and art show; a fashion show featuring period fashions; a quilt display; an art show; a genealogy workshop; visits by the Duke of Richmond t local schools; a memorabilia exhibit; a horse pull, and an antique car show.

“Everything’s a maybe at this stage of the game,” said Judy Wagdin, chair of the planning committee, at the Oct. 23 meeting when discussing all of the suggested events and activities.

There was some talk about a possible legacy project that might flow from these 200th anniversary celebrations. Suggestions include new community space, a splash pad or a clock tower at Memorial Park.

Another aspect of these celebrations may be the creation of one or more murals for the Heritage Mural Gallery on the exterior of the Richmond Memorial Community Centre (arena). Each mural costs about $8,000 to create. Currently the RVA has about $4,000 in a special mural fund.

Ottawa Community News Article: October 30, 2014

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