100 days and counting; historic pictures wanted

The bell tolls to mark the 100 day countdown to Sylvan Lake’s Centennial on Sunday.

The bell tolls to mark the 100 day countdown to Sylvan Lake’s Centennial on Sunday. That’s right, just 100 days to January 1st and the official historical designation of 50th Street as “Centennial Street”.

For months and months a planning task force has been preparing to mark this important milestone in our community’s history.

A postcard currently circulating promotes a variety of events planned for the Centennial year.

Besides the designation and fireworks on Jan. 1st, there’s a civic ceremony on June 8 at the multiplex featuring music and drama students from H. J. Cody High School.

June 12 is the date set for official rededication of Centennial Park. That kicks off a weekend you’ll not to miss. Former Miss Mermaids will be featured at a chamber of commerce meet and greet June 14 after the Farmers’ Market, then June 15 is the “not-to-be-missed Parade of the Century, celebrating 100 years of Sylvan Lake”.

The evening of the 15th is the “Dance of the Century” where everyone’s encouraged to enjoy 100 years of dancing tunes, one decade at a time, “just like they did in the old Sylvan Lake dance halls”.

Then Sept. 8 is a community picnic.

Amongst all these events are many more being planned by various community groups. It’s sure to be a celebration worthy of lots of participation by our residents. Memories will be sparked, former residents are being invited back … what a homecoming.

In keeping with the celebration theme, the Sylvan Lake News is seeking historic photos, particularly those with people in them, so that we can begin publishing a picture a week through the Centennial year.

We know, of course, that Sylvan Lake & District Archives has lots of pictures we could choose from, but we’d like to encourage residents who have long histories in our area to dig through their pictures and see if they could come up with a picture or two they feel would be of interest to other current and former Sylvan Lake residents.

School class pictures, team pictures, and action of interesting events are all good topics. So are old scenes of the town the way it used to look.

Please visit our office with your pictures and we’ll scan and return them while you wait. All information you can provide about the content of the pictures will be greatly appreciated.

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