Heritage 150 in the Park is a Wrap!

Posted on September 2, 2017 · Posted in Museum News, Special Events

If you happen to have been in Agassiz on Wednesday evenings this summer you will know that residents and visitors alike enjoyed the Heritage 150 in the Park event – part of a series of evening musical entertainment brought to you by the Agassiz-Harrison Museum, the District of Kent, the Community Foundations of Canada.

The series opened with The Maybelles, a band from nearby Chilliwack that had the crowd up on their feet dancing to hits from the 1960s. Children had a change to try out old fashioned games delivered by the District of Kent, which included egg-and-spoon and three-legged races. The Kent-Harrison Arts Council encouraged kids to make their own fingerprint maple leaf flag, while the Agassiz-Harrison Museum engaged children with a bracelet making activity. Members of the Seabird Island Band served up their delicious bannock and Indian Tacos – a perfect treat to accompany great music in a beautiful setting.

August 2nd saw the return of Heritage 150 in the Park with musical guests 5 on a String. The bluegrass band was a crowd favourite, playing non-stop the entire evening until finally a train passed offering a chance for a break. Hazy skies, thick with smoke from the BC wildfires and summer heat did not stop attendees from enjoying the music in the park, children’s activities and local food on offer.

The final performance showcased Latin-American band Rio Samaya who inspired the crowd to join in the music making and dance along.

Local radio station Star FM and the Agassiz-Harrison Observer newspaper have been key supporters in spreading the word of the community event in print and across the airwaves. Other community supporters include the Agassiz Lion’s Club, District of Kent, and the Agassiz-Harrison Chamber of Commerce. The initiative was made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between the Agassiz-Harrison Historical Society, the District of Kent, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.