GTHS/Ottawa Public Library Celebrate Richmond’s 200th

The Goulbourn Township Historical Society (GTHS) is delighted to join with the community of Richmond to celebrate its 200th anniversary this year with a selection of historical photographs from the GTHS  Archival collection.

We have selected several historical images (see below) from our extensive photo collection for this presentation. As well we are featuring a few items of merchandise for this year’s anniversary.

Thanks to the Ottawa Public Library, the pictures and merchandise are on display in the ArtsSpace of the Stittsville Branch during the month of February 2018.

Richmond 200th Anniversary Merchandise on Display

Family Fun Day Skate Wrap Up & Photo Album

Thanks to everyone who attended the Family Fun Day Skate on February 3–we hope you all had a fun time!

Two hours of free family skating including a BBQ was enjoyed by more than 150 participants.

Congratulations to Brooke Whaley winner of Ottawa Senators tickets.

A special thank you to all the participants, our sponsors and the many volunteers including the BBQ master chef David Proulx.

Brooke Whaley, winner of Ottawa Senators Tickets

Scotiabank Supports Richmond’s 200th Anniversary

Duane Morris, Richmond Branch Manager, is proudly handing over a $5000 sponsorship contribution to Tino Bevacqua member of the 200th Organizing Committee. Duane and his staff volunteered to sell 50 tickets for the recently held New Year’s Eve Gala. With Scotiabank’s assistance the event was not only sold out but it was a rousing success in kicking off 2018.

The Organizing Committee thanks Duane and his staff for their support and generous sponsorship.

Duane Morris (left), Richmond Branch Manager; Tino Bevacqua, Richmond’s 200th Anniversary Committee

New Year’s Eve Gala Launches Richmond’s 200th Anniversary!

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It was a blast!  That’s the resounding conclusion of all who attended the gala that ushered in the launch of Richmond’s bi-centennial year of celebration.  And what an evening it was!

The Duke, John Hartin, a former Richmond resident, resplendent in his finest military dress opened the door for the guests as they arrived. With music by The Cougar Chick Tribute Band, cocktails at 6:00pm, a three course meal, 4 menu selections, party favours and a cash bar the revelry was well underway long before midnight.  A highlight of the evening was a photo booth where nearly everyone took the opportunity to capture the moment on film.  Suffice it to say lots of memories were captured as the countdown to Richmond’s 200th anniversary began!

Comments back to the organizers after the event speak for themselves:

“I am sending an extra special thank you to you, the organizing committee, decorators, chiefs, cleaners , bar-tenders, bus drivers etc., for “ the magical New Years Eve Party “, that you all created!!  We just so enjoyed every minute.  I had salmon, which was terrific .  The Hall was transformed with the detailed decorations.  The band was absolutely amazing and if people had any trepidation about an all female band, they had their eyes opened!  We had so much fun with our friends, and kudos to Brenda & Andy Hall, for supporting their community and suggesting “ the Gala”!

***Warm Wishes for 2018, Joan & Rick Sands***

Congratulations on an extremely successful New Years Eve Gala! All of your hard work and planning created a memory that we will all cherish! Oh my… many are saying it was their best New Years eve ever! The hall looked amazing, the detail you added for decor, even in the bathrooms was noticed by all! The Richmond arena hall was decked out in style! The food was terrific-great salad, the beef was delicious and dessert was excellent too.  Pre-drinks, appetizers, wine and champagne were great – Hats off to the caterer! And the music…wow – the Cougar Chicks rocked it – many of us danced more than ever before! —-2018 sure did look great when it lit up!!

Anyway- I know the responsibilities of volunteer work… just wanted to pass on that this event goes down in history as best ever for me too! Thanks so much for all your hard work-it was a pleasure to assist!
***Cheers, Melody Murison ***

Congratulations.  I cannot think of one thing that could have changed to make this party more special.  The 200 Anniversary Gala was a tremendous success and makes me very proud to be part of Richmond history. Your success, … the hard work and pride you take living in Richmond. Thanks for being you.


Thanks for a wonderful party!


Congratulations ladies to you and your team for a wonderfully successful event. My entire table loved every minute as did everyone else I spoke to. You managed to transform the Community Centre (including the washrooms 😀) into a festive wonderland. The meal was delicious and the band superb. The complimentary photo booth was a particularly nice touch.  All in all, a great way to start the 200 celebrations.

Best regards, ***Sylvia***

There was even a tribute to the organizers from Tribute Band member and former Richmond resident Ornella Smilovich-Kennedy:

“ I am so happy that everyone had fun.  We certainly did.  It was a great party over all and everyone I talked to was so impressed with the band.   Frankly, I was pleasantly surprised that the dance floor was full from start to finish and an encore to boot!!!  Thank you so very much for having us.

Cydney Green and Maryan Wammes extend their thanks and that of Richmond as a whole to all the volunteers, sponsors and committee members who worked so hard to mount such a special and successful event. “Without volunteers and sponsors events like this simply would not happen.”  A special thank you went out as well to Danby’s for their assistance in making the evening an unqualified success.  Finally, to all in attendance “you can’t have a party without guests, … you  were simply awesome!”

When it all wound up in the wee hours of the mourning there was even a bus to take people safely home. The bar has now been set high.  Richmond knows how to celebrate and this augers well for celebrations yet to come. Residents can look forward to a rewarding and event filled 2018 bi-centennial.  It is bound to be a year to remember!

Visit for details on what is coming next.  The red carpet is being rolled out to everyone to come celebrate with Richmond, just 200 years young.


Photo Galleries

The photo booth gallery can be viewed here.

If you are in any of these photos and would like them removed, please send the web master an e-mail.

Launch of New Community News Service:

Good news for Richmond area businesses.  The Richmond Village Association just launched a new Local News Service that will help fill the void left by the soon to be closed Stittsville News. The new service is known as will be promoting a “shop local” theme and featuring different local businesses from time to time. If you would like to tell a story about your business please contact the editor at There are currently no one-off advertising opportunities at but that is being considered for the future.

Readers will also be able to follow local news on Facebook at or Twitter @HUBreport.  Please feel free to follow us there and share the launch of this new publication with your own followers.  The more readers and contributions of content we get the more successful and sustainable this new news vehicle will be.

2018 Kids Winter Banners Proudly Flying

A damp and rainy December day could not deter the GT Sign’s crew, (Andrew and Blair) from their annual assignment of hanging the Kids Winter Banners. 

As 2018 marks Richmond’s bicentennial this edition of banners feature the 200th logo with the sponsor name on one side and the young artists creation and name on the opposite side. A total of 27 banners were installed along McBean and Perth Streets. When added to the existing 17 anniversary banners the Village is now graced with a total of 44 bicentennial themed banners, the most ever displayed for any event. These banners represent just one of the many 200th Anniversary activities held to date with more events scheduled as we count down to the big 2018 weekend party on June 15-17

The Richmond Village Association and the 200th Organizing Committee wish to thank all the participating children and families for their great artistic creations. We also thank all of the local businesses who make this event possible with their generous sponsorships.