Close to 100 people enjoyed the Canada Day Celebration hosted by the Historical Society of St. Boniface and Maryhill Community at the Edward Halter Home. Thank you to Sheila and Ken Kurtz for decorating the outside of the Historical Home so beautifully with the red and white buntings.
The morning began at 11 a.m. with the raising of the flag by MPP Mike Harris and MP Harold Albrecht helping program chairman Tom Schell. Both gentlemen along with Murray Martin, Ward Three Woolwich Councillor gave greetings and also commented on our great land of Canada.
Thank you to the Maryhill Knights of Columbus for supplying the barbecue hot dogs and sausages, bottled water and juice. There was also chocolate and white Canada day cakes which were enjoyed by all. Music was enjoyed by Frank Rider, Peter Zettel and Bill Zinger. Everyone also enjoyed the music of Ron Schmuck’s circus calliope.
The Maryhill Volunteer Fire Department brought their pumper and the Ariss-Maryhill Lions Club with Larry Wainwright his wife and dog Otis were in attendance. Several antique cars were also on display.
The afternoon consisted of crafts for the children and there were 4 horse drawn wagon tours of the Maryhill community. People were also encouraged to visit the ”Old Walled Cemetery” to see the work that Ron Schmuck has done in refurbishing many of the monuments.
Doug Keller had some of his antiques consisting of mini tractors and bread boxes. He also had several farm implement ploughs on display.
New this year was Joan Haid who hosts the “New Horizon” events. These are held from September until May on the second Thursday of the month at the Maryhill Heritage Park Community Centre. We were also pleased to have Marion Roes in attendance to showcase her present publication – Mennonite Funeral and Burial Traditions.
From 2- 4 p.m. people were encouraged to visit the Maryhill Market for a free ice cream cone thank you to Steven Hartman.