Times Colonist

St. Ann’s celebrates 150 years

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A historical re-enactment of the arrival of the Sisters of St. Ann to Fort Victoria 150 years ago launches a weekend of celebratio­n at the six-acre St. Ann’s Academy site at 835 Humboldt St. The costumed procession starts at Ship Point at 3 p.m. today and continues to the pioneer log cabin on the grounds of the Royal B.C. Museum with street theatre at several stops along the way. After a prayer of thanksgivi­ng, St. Ann’s Academy will host an opening reception with light refreshmen­ts.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. you can get a glimpse into the lives of the Sisters of St. Ann by viewing archival displays and artifacts, and tomorrow at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. there are guided walking tours of the neighbourh­ood by donation. Also tomorrow at 7 p.m., Tania Miller conducts the Victoria Symphony Orchestra in a concert on the Academy Green. Beverages will be for sale in the Providence Farm tent onsite.

There will be a mass of Praise and Thanksgivi­ng at St. Andrew’s Cathedral, 740 View St. on Saturday at 11 a.m. Reserve seating by calling 953-8820.

The Alumni and Friends Gala Dinner Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Victoria Conference Centre includes a talk by the Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell, first female Prime Minister of Canada and a former St. Ann’s student. Tickets are $100. Call 953-8820 to reserve.

A Victorian family picnic on the St. Ann’s Academy Grounds Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. wraps up festivitie­s with children’s games from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and mainstage entertainm­ent beginning at 1 p.m. featuring Rig-A-Jig and Just4You Barbershop Quartet. Bring a picnic basket. Ice cream and beverages are available at the Providence Farm tent. For more informatio­n call 9538820 or 953-8829.

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