See you in Hat­ley on Sunday p. 16

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion, Kylie Cote Hat­ley

ThisSun­day, July 1st, is Canada’s birth­day and that means that, for the 104th time, the com­mu­nity of Hat­ley will wel­come ev­ery­one to The Com­mon for a full day of fun and cel­e­bra­tion.

The dozens of hand­i­craft ta­bles will be get­ting ready for busi­ness around 9:00 in the morn­ing, giv­ing vis­i­tors lots of time to shop for their sou­venirs be­fore the big pa­rade at 11:00 am. This year’s pa­rade theme is “Canada, Then and Now” so who knows what the float­mak­ers will come up with, all with the hopes of win­ning some of the prize money! Be­sides the floats, the pa­rade tra­di­tion­ally fea­tures lo­cal Veter­ans, the Black Watch band, beau­ti­ful horses, the Shriners and their tiny cars, big fire trucks, an­tique cars and more.

Af­ter ev­ery­one has worked up an ap­petite watch­ing the pa­rade, they will find many op­tions for lunch on site, such as the tra­di­tional lun­cheon at St. James Hall served by the Angli­can Church Women, the Hot Dogs & Baked Beans served by the United Church Women, or Derby’s can­tine, to name but a few de­li­cious op­tions! The af­ter­noon ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude sword danc­ing and square danc­ing demon­stra­tions, a 4H pet­ting zoo, chil­dren’s games, oxen and horse­drawn wagon rides, a cir­cus corner, in­flat­able games and an ex­cit­ing Soap Box Derby com­pe­ti­tion for our young rac­ers. The live mu­si­cal pro­gram will be­gin at 4:00 pm and con­tinue through the evening un­til the big fi­nale of fire­works, gen­er­ously pro­vided ev­ery year by the mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Hat­ley, at dusk.

The vol­un­teers of the Hat­ley Mu­nic­i­pal As­so­ci­a­tion, the or­ga­niz­ers of this an­nual ac­tiv­ity, would like to re­mind vis­i­tors that the do­na­tions re­ceived at the en­trances to the site are badly needed to keep the an­nual Canada Day cel­e­bra­tion func­tion­ing, es­pe­cially as a free event. They are the only source of fund­ing, apart from a few lo­cal cor­po­rate spon­sors, to cover the costs of the day’s ac­tiv­i­ties, dozens of prizes, and the ever- cov­eted wooden nick­els!

And re­mem­ber, if you want to be sure to see the pa­rade, it’s al­ways a good idea to ar­rive in Hat­ley and get your car parked be­fore 10:00 am, oth­er­wise you may find you have to park on the out­skirts of the town and walk in due to tem­po­rar­ily closed roads.

The Hat­ley Canada Day Cel­e­bra­tion takes place this Sunday, July 1st, from 9:00 am to dusk, at The Com­mon in the cen­tre of the vil­lage of Hat­ley. For more in­for­ma­tion, please visit our web­site

at www.hat­ley­pa­rade. com, send us an email at hat­ley­pa­rade@hot­mail.com

or call Kylie at (819) 821-3282. See you there – rain or shine!

Photo cour­tesy

A dad and his daugh­ter on pa­rade at last year’s Hat­ley Canada Day cel­e­bra­tion.

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