NEWS RELEASE · 31st July 2012
Heritage Park Museum
Over 1500 people came up for our 12th annual Canada Day Celebration which included live music, cake, children’s games, multicultural food vendors, historical demonstrations, Artists in Residence, pony rides, and hay wagon rides.
Canada Day was made possible with the support and generosity of countless businesses, organizations, and volunteers. We want to thank every business who donated a silent auction item. The funds raised this year are going to contribute to a downtown museum location for Terrace. We want to thank Cookie Jar Bakery for the fabulous cake, Sight & Sound for the sound equipment, Tim Horton’s for the coffee, McDonald’s for the orange juice, and Aqua Clear Bottles for the water. Also a big thank you to All Seasons Source for Sports, M & M Meat Shops, Northwest Community College, Skeena-Bulkley Valley Rotary Club, Northern Savings Credit Union, and Brian Downie for the use and set up of the tents.
We owe a thank you to all the food vendors who kept the crowds happy with all their delicious food. The day was livened up by the great musicians that we had perform: thank you to Copper Mountain String Band, Jonny and the Instant Soap Opera, Sam and Rebekah Lockerby, Borderline, Julie Bruneau, and Rheann Armes for leading us in O’Canada. We thank the Gitlaxdax Nisga’a Dancers for the incredible performance that included many songs and dances. It was our pleasure to have Major Dave Peranowski, MLA Robin Austin and MP Nathan Cullen come up for the event and make speeches; again, thank you!
Northwest Therapeutic Equestrian Association provided pony rides and Riverside Music Festival provided hay wagon rides, which were some of the best activities for the children, and we really appreciate all the work put in by your volunteers and your horses; thank you. We owe a thank you to the volunteers who did historical demonstrations on Canada Day. Danny Muller did a day long blacksmithing demonstration, Dean and Shelby Sturko gave us a peak into Terrace’s past with a pioneer horse logging demonstation, Rachel Almer, fibre artist, did a natural dyeing exhibit, Lenard Lindstom did gold panning, and Jerg Jung demonstated his amazing chainsaw carving.
For the event, we were lucky to have the Canadian Rangers attend and assist with first-aid and much more; we were so thankful to have them at the museum. Two of our newest partnerships are with the Terrace & District Arts Council and the Terrace Summer Arts Festival, and with that, we offered Artists in Residence at Heritage Park on Canada Day, a first and well-liked treat for both the artists and the spectators, and we thank them! We were so fortunate to have such talented artists in each of the buildings displaying their work. We were so pleased, thank you!
Lastly, a big thank you to each and every one of the volunteers who put in hours of work ensuring the day’s success.
Heritage Park Museum looks forward to hosting our 13th annual Canada Day Celebration and is pleased to say that our city has such a fantastic community within it.