Celebrating Dysart’s 150th birthday
|By Alex Coop - Staff Writer | January 5, 2017|
The Municipality of Dysart et al is throwing itself a special party to celebrate its 150th birthday this weekend.
Starting this Saturday at the A.J. LaRue Arena, residents will be able to ring in Dysart’s 150th sesquicentennial.
A planning committee of six, which includes Dysart’s Deputy Reeve Andrea Roberts, program coordinator Andrea Mueller and Haliburton Highlands Museum director Kate Butler, has been preparing for about a year.
The planning committee was put together last January.
“This is going to be just the beginning of an entire year of celebrations,” said Butler, pointing to the fact that in July, when Canada rings in its 150th sesquicentennial, the fun will continue in Haliburton at Head Lake Park all weekend long.
Kim Emmerson is going to kick the celebrations off this Saturday with his documentary “Dysart 150 - The Movie,” at 5:30 p.m.
The doc will complement his already released book “Alexander Niven: The Biography of an Early Haliburton County Surveyor,” which was released more than a year ago.
“What a good opportunity to educate people on how Dysart really came to be,” Emmerson said, pointing to the celebrations that will begin Jan. 7, which in addition to a screening of his documentary, will include public skating, a fire and light show, outdoor games, food vendors, a beer tent and bonfire pit.
Emmerson is also a member of the Dysart 150th planning committee.
“Dysart has a different history than a lot of other townships,” he said. “It’s quite a story.”
During a trip to London, England this summer, Emmerson and his wife Linda documented their journey as they backtracked their way to the very beginning of Dysart’s origins, which Emmerson says began with a group of men agreeing to buy the land for 50 cents per acre.
“In the end, we find out that they lost their shares on this deal,” he said. “Their business model wasn’t well researched.”
But the experience was unforgettable, he adds.
A beer tent with Haliburton Highlands Brewing’s signature “Trapper’s Ale” will be available as well.
Justin and Sue Tiffin, hosts of Minden’s Trivia Night at the Dominion Hotel, will be bringing their talents to the Haliburton Curling Club at 8 p.m.
“This is the perfect event for the entire family, seasonal and permanent residents, anyone who wants to have a good time,” Butler said.
ALEX COOP is a reporter for The Highlander.