Let the 200th anniversary celebrations (officially) begin! You’re going to want to earmark this one…
Tay Valley Township is part of the original Perth Military Settlement and this weekend they’ll be celebrating in paper-style. The municipality will launch its book, At Home in Tay Valley, which captures the voices, stories, images, circumstances, and events that have defined the lives of those who have called Tay Valley home―from members of the Algonquin First Nations who helped the early settlers survive and adapt to a new land, to the “back-to the-landers” of the 1970s who sought a more wholesome way of life.
A community effort involving more than 60 contributors including dozens of writers, interviewers, artists and photographers under the editorship of Kay Rogers, this oral history captures a story that has been 200 years in the making.
Fun Fact: The first lot allocated to a settler under the Bathurst Proclamation in Edinburgh was on the Scotch Line in Tay Valley.
Kay was at the Lanark County Harvest Festival last weekend selling the books. She had a great response, and she said her favourite part about putting the book together was hearing all of the stories and meeting so many people along the way.
The 200th anniversary celebrations’ kick-off and the release of At Home in Tay Valley will take place on this Saturday, Sept. 19 from 2-4 p.m. at the EcoTay Educational Centre, which is located at 942 Upper Scotch Line. Local food, beverages, flowers and music will be provided by Christa’s Cakes, Jameshaven Farm, Sylvia’s Plant Place and the Blue Skies Community Fiddle Orchestra respectively. A calendar of events, background information, photos and other materials are available on a wide range of subjects of interest associated with 200th anniversary activities and history. Anniversary celebrations will be inaugurated by the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
Learn more by visiting the Tay Valley Township website.