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Passes for centennial event running out


Anyone planning to attend Friday night’s re-creation of the inaugural town council meeting in 1903 at the Townshend Theatre had better act fast as the free passes for the centennial event are going fast.

“We’re running out very quickly,” centennial co-ordinator Marla Simpson said Monday morning.

“If we’re lucky, there’s 40-50 left,” she added. “It’s amazing. We started to run out so fast.”

About 300 of the free passes first were made available to the public on March 24. While a total of 430 printed, some were reserved for members of the current town council and other dignitaries, noted Simpson.

The passes are necessary to limit how many members of the public could be allowed in to the Townshend Theatre, which only seats 430.

These passes are available at the Civc Centre and Fort Frances Museum.

The Fort Frances Highlanders will kick off the evening at 6:30 p.m. Then, emcee Darryl Allan will hit the stage, setting into motion an evening including a speech by Mayor Glenn Witherspoon, the unveiling of a centennial quilt made by the Sew ’n Sews Club, and the judging of the centennial beard-growing contest.

There also will be the launching of the ladies’ hat and poetry contests, and a skit by Fort Frances Little Theatre, during which the 1903-08 council minutes will be reviewed and issues comparable between 1903 and 2003 (property standards, roads, Front Street, etc.) will be discussed in character.

The celebration then will move out to the Fort High cafeteria, where the cake-cutting ceremony and a toast to the centennial year will take place. The evening should end around 10 p.m., said Simpson.

In related news, B93-FM will be broadcasting live from the Memorial Sports Centre on Friday from 6-9 a.m. The public is encouraged to come out for coffee and doughnuts.

Then the CBC Radio One show, “Ontario Today,” will be broadcasting live from there from noon-2 p.m.

A “Celebration of Sport,” featuring a free public skate and swim, will be held Saturday, April 12 from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Memorial Sports Centre.

Meanwhile, tickets for the “Great Centennial Ball” slated this Saturday (April 12) remain on sale at the Fort Frances Public Library. Tickets cost $50 each, with a $25 tax receipt.

The gala gets underway with cocktails at 6 p.m., followed by a grand march at 6:45 and then dinner at 7.

To top off the centennial weekend, the annual highlights concert of the Rainy River District Festival for the Performing Arts is slated Sunday (April 13) at 1:30 p.m. at the Townshend Theatre.

Admission is $2 per person or $5 per family.

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