Town of Kensington crest. File Photo
KENSINGTON – The Town of Kensington is celebrating its birthday this weekend with a bang.
Several, in fact.
This weekend marks the 100th anniversary of the first sitting of council for Town of Kensington council and the community has a weekend of activities planned to mark the special occasion.
Everything kicks-off Friday, May 23 with a half hour fireworks display by Sky Designs.
The fireworks will be set off on Woodleigh Drive, over the Kensington Well Fields and across the road from the what’s known as the Gorman Property.
Fireworks are a rare thing for the Town of Kensington so council is hoping for a good turnout to watch the show, said Deputy Mayor Rowan Caseley,
The same can be said of the whole weekend, added Caseley, who also serves as the chairman of the centennial organizing committee (known as K2K14).
The centennial celebrations are continuing in conjunction with the various community events scattered through 2014, but this weekend is really the big birthday bash, he said.
“We’re really trying to recognize this particular weekend and give residents, and also surrounding communities, a chance to recognize our accomplishment.”
Mayor Gordon Coffin said he’d like to encourage everyone who can to take in as many of these events as they can and help show some Kensington pride.
Following the fireworks on Friday there will be a 40-float, old-time parade through the town. That gets underway at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The theme will be segmented into the various decades since 1914.
The route will start at Queen Elizabeth Elementary, go down Victoria Street East, turn onto the Trans Canada Highway and finish at the Community Gardens Complex.
The parade marshal will be Kensington’s longest serving mayor, Gerald McCarville (who served for 26 years) and his wife, Jenny.
Also on Saturday there will be the unveiling of three commemorative murals by Anne Gallant, starting at 3 p.m. at the Community Gardens Complex. This event will include a cake cutting.
At 6 p.m. there will be a Taste of the Island buffet. This event is sold out.
On Sunday there will be a community walk starting at 10 a.m. at the Train Station. Walkers are encouraged to wear red and take pictures.
There will also be an old fashioned kid’s carnival from 1 to 4 p.m. at Community Gardens Complex.
Finally, there will be a gospel show at the complex featuring Kelley Mooney, Dino Dunsford, Among Friends and Step by Step. Tickets are $10 with donation to Lion’s Club Food Bank.