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Wolfville to celebrate 125 years of incorporation with music, art and history

The commemorative group photo taken during Wolfville's 1993 centennial celebrations on July 1, when 1,000 people gathered by the waterfront. Nick Zamora, who is organizing the Wolfville 125 celebrations, plans to recreate the shot.
The commemorative group photo taken during Wolfville's 1993 centennial celebrations on July 1, when 1,000 people gathered by the waterfront. Nick Zamora, who is organizing the Wolfville 125 celebrations, plans to recreate the shot. - Submitted

WOLFVILLE – The Town of Wolfville will turn 125 this March 20, and to celebrate, the town has planned a string of events slated to take off March 25 and continue throughout the year.

Nick Zamora is the town’s Community Development Officer, and is behind the town’s birthday plans.

The events will kick off with a 125-themed day March 25 at the Wolfville Farmers’ Market, where a dominos display, music, and the town’s history will all be showcased.

Historic photos of Wolfville, along with stories, will be showcased throughout the year at different events to bring people back to what Wolfville was like over the past 125 years. This photo is of the Porter Brothers store, circa 1930.
Historic photos of Wolfville, along with stories, will be showcased throughout the year at different events to bring people back to what Wolfville was like over the past 125 years. This photo is of the Porter Brothers store, circa 1930.

‘It’s something worth celebrating – it’s a long time for a town to be in existence,” said Zamora.

A picture with a thousand people

The market event will act as a kickoff to a whole year of celebrating the town’s birthday, with more events planned for Canada Day, during Mud Creek Days, on New Years’ Eve, and a few in between those dates.

Among the biggest events planned is the recreation of an iconic photograph taken during the 1993 centennial celebrations that happened on Canada Day of that year, when around 1,000 people gathered along Wolfville’s waterfront for a massive group photo.

Zamora wants to recreate the photo with as many of the photo’s original people as possible, along with plenty of new faces.

“1,000 is a lot of people, but I think we can do it,” said Zamora.

Music, art and historical documents

A major theme throughout the year will be to celebrate Wolfville’s history, and to transport people back in time with historic photographs, stories and music.

Pictured here is the Wolfville School, date unknown.
Pictured here is the Wolfville School, date unknown.

Songs from a musical written for the centennial will be performed at the farmers’ market celebration. People are also being encouraged to submit copies of their old photographs, along with any other memories of what Wolfville used to be like.

The Wolfville Historical Society has also been helping Zamora gather other historical documents, such as minutes from the town’s first council meeting. There will also be a commemorative art project, similar to last year’s ceramic tile project for Canada 150.

The last celebrations will be held New Years’ Eve, to usher out Wolfville’s hundred-and-twenty-fifth year.

“The goal is to really bring people back to what Wolfville was like and celebrate the town’s history. I hope people feel excited, and encourage all to attend as many events as possible,” said Zamora.

Updates on events will be posted and shared on the Town of Wolfville’s Facebook page and website.

To contact Nick Zamora with ideas and/or submissions, email nzamora@wolfville.ca.

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