BLAST FROM THE PAST HOMECOMING WEEKEND: JULY 22-24, 2016
This is THE weekend to come home to Perth!
As the only town in Ontario to celebrate 200 years in 2016, Perth has a special milestone to share with a wider audience. A signature legacy heritage party, The Blast from the Past Homecoming Weekend is set for July 22-24, 2016. The homecoming weekend is a chance for good friends to get together and re-connect in a town we are all so proud to call our own. It’s going to be a great opportunity to tell our story to visitors coming to the region.
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Here’s what on the roster
Blue Rodeo: Yep, our favourite, Juno-award winning band will be entering the town limits to come perform for a special, outdoor concert at the Perth Fairgrounds on Saturday, July 23, 2016! Tickets go on sale on Monday, April 11, 2016 at 8 a.m. Find out more details about the Blue Rodeo Perth 200 Anniversary Concert.
A BBQ Block Party: a three-day block party with ribs, live entertainment, children’s activities, food vendors, a car show and more? The only thing missing is overnight tent access! This FREE weekend-long celebration will welcome the ever-popular rib vendors to Perth, giving residents and visitors the chance to re-connect over good food, amazing music and great company. The BBQ Block Party runs Friday night and all day Saturday and Sunday. Learn more at the BBQ Block Party Website!
Fireworks: We’re going to kick off the weekend with a bang! Or, should we say, Blast? The fireworks show is set for 10 p.m. on Friday, July 22, following the night-shirt parade. Yes, you read that correctly – a night-shirt parade.
The Canadian Stone Carving Festival: Craftsmanship will be at its finest this weekend when a group of stonecarvers arrive in Perth to demonstrate their talent at the annual Canadian Stone Carving Festival. Expect to see in-person demonstrations set up throughout town. Following a three-day session, the pieces crafted at the Fairgrounds that weekend will be auctioned off to the public. The funds raised will go toward Habitat for Humanity, which is so timely as Perth has recently opened a chapter for our area; proceeds from the auction will to to this specific chapter. The auction viewing will occur at 2 p.m. at the Fairgrounds on Sunday, July 24, followed by the live auction at 3 p.m.
A night-shirt parade: It’s a long-standing tradition in Perth! The night-shirt parade is exactly as it sounds – you dress down into your pj’s (appropriate wear, of course!), grab your favourite stuffie and march around with other pajama-clad friends in a parade to demonstrate your support for…pajamas? It doesn’t matter. What matters is that you get to dress up in your pajamas in public, and it will be completely acceptable and a lot of fun.
A Parade: An old-fashioned, much-loved parade is set to march through town on Saturday, July 23. The homecoming parade will weave its way through Perth where bands, military groups, vintage cars and other floats will show their wares and civic pride. The parade will begin at the Factory (on Sunset Blvd.) and make its way down Wilson Street to Foster and then to Gore. The parade will wrap up in front of town hall where you’ll then want to make your way to Stewart Park for the…
Opening Ceremonies: The official Perth Military Settlement opening ceremonies will take place at beautiful Stewart Park overlooking the Tay River. We’ll welcome our visitors and have special guests give a few words of welcome before we turn our attention to the next attraction…
A Military Tattoo: A tattoo is a military performance of music or display of armed forces in general. The term comes from the early 17th century Dutch phrase doe den tap toe (“turn off the tap”), a signal sounded by drummers or trumpeters to instruct innkeepers near military garrisons to stop serving beer and for soldiers to return to their barracks. That sounds like our kind of party! The Tattoo will take place in Stewart Park and will feature pipes and drums bands and more. It’s the perfect way to honour the town’s military and cultural background.
An Ecumenical Service: To celebrate the area’s spiritual community, the Perth ministerial group will gather together at the Stewart Park stage Sunday afternoon for a ecumenical service. The service is open to the public.
Don’t forget that all throughout the weekend, the BBQ Block Party will be open for some good-time business.
What Else is Happening in Town?
There are so many other amazing events happening in Perth this same weekend.
Ready for this?
- BarnDoor Productions’ Play, Cheddar: Follow the fate of the famous fromage in this musical comedy with Gouda intentions! There will be showings all weekend.
- The Classic Theatre Festival‘s line up: The Classic Theatre Festival will be presenting its season’s second show, Arms and the Man over the course of the weekend. This is George Bernard Shaw’s delightfully witty comedy that satirizes the futility of war and inspired the operetta, The Chocolate Soldier. The Classic Theatre Festival will also be hosting its Lonely Ghost Walk on Friday, July 22 and the Perth Through the Ages Tour on Saturday, July 23.
- The PDCI Reunion: The Blue Devil alumni are gearing up for a weekend celebration to re-connect with former classmates and recall the days spent in the Perth & District Collegiate Institute hallways. Learn more on their Raising the Devil Facebook Page.
- The Perth Farmers’ Market: delicious produce and homemade goods will be set up at the popular Perth Farmers’ Market at Crystal Palace from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Blast from the Past Homecoming Weekend will be an unforgettable weekend honouring Perth’s 200 years of history while looking to the future!
Want to get involved?
This event’s success will rely on volunteers from across the community. Civic engagement will be a key component to the Perth 200 anniversary celebrations, and Perth pride will then translate to volunteerism. Leading up to the Blast from the Past event, the Town of Perth will ensure its story is told to its residents and then encouraging participation from all demographics. Visit the BBQ Block Party Volunteer Website to sign up for specific jobs related to the three-day festival
Would you like to be a part of the Homecoming Weekend? Learn more about our Sponsorship Opportunities!