ON – February 2, 2006 – “Heritage…Comes Home” is the theme of this year’s Heritage Week celebrations in Hamilton. The City of Hamilton is hosting a Heritage Fair & Marketplace at Hamilton City Hall on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The official ceremonies, featuring the Volunteer Recognition Awards, will take place in the City Hall Council Chambers 12 noon.
Celebrate 160 years of Hamilton's Heritage, through entertainment and displays. Join Honorary Chair of Heritage…Comes Home 2006, Anne Jones - former Regional Chair, and the Navy League Cadet Corp Cougar Band for the ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. Mayor Larry Di Ianni will present the Heritage Volunteer Service Awards, followed by a performance by the Hamilton Police Male Chorus.
There will be entertainment throughout the day, including the Royal Scottish Country Dancers, the Traditional Irish Dancers, and a tribute to seniors by the Glancaster Choristers.
New to this year’s event are several historic merchants – Spencer’s Mercantile, Sutler Cyrus, and Way Back When. Old favourites include Hamilton History on Film, refreshments in the Tea Room – this year hosted by “Le Petit Café”, the sale of out of print City publications, and displays by over 30 heritage groups. A number of local authors will be available for book signings.
“Hamilton’s heritage is so diverse and there is so much to learn about our past,” said Anna Bradford, Manager of Culture for the City of Hamilton. “I encourage everyone with an interest in our heritage to come out to the many activities that are taking place over the next week. The Heritage Marketplace in particular, is a great opportunity to learn much about our past.”
Free parking is available in the City Hall lot until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb 18.
For more information on Heritage activities in and around the city in February visit our Web site at www.hamilton.ca/heritageday.
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