Sarnia Centennial Celebration plans in high gear

students lansdowneSarnia residents—current, former and what organizers hope will be future—have a busy 2014 Centennial year to look forward to, starting with New Year’s Day.

That’s according to the city’s Centennial Celebration Committee, which is not only looking at May 7, 2014 (100 years to the day when Sarnia became a city) but what’s being called “the Gathering.”

During May, June and July, several events are being planned, most not entirely organized as one might expect for something a year away. But this is a big deal in the life of a city turning 100 and these things take time.

In addition to the birthday itself, where dignitaries and celebrities will be gathering at city hall, a variety of celebrations will be held, including a showing of the Sound of Music at Imperial Theatre, the Kids Fun Fest, an art show in June and a variety of Canada Day activities that the organizing committee is working on.

But just before Canada Day, a Homecoming on June 28 is already on the calendar.

During the event, held at the RBC Centre, organizers expect a grand gathering with entertainment, displays and a variety of historical exhibits.

“We’re hoping people will come home to visit and maybe even decide they want to return to live here,” said Becky Wellington-Horner, co-chair of the events committee.

At Tuesday’s city hall announcement of the activities, grade 2/3 and grade 6 students from Lansdowne Public School sang “Happy Birthday” to Sarnia (it was 99 yesterday) and did a rendition of “Is Someone Singing?”—a song co-written by Barenaked Ladies original Ed Robertson and Commander Chris Hadfield. The students were led by grade 6 teacher Trevor Bouck and Patti Welsh, who teaches grades 2/3.

Note the cardboard “stand-in” for Chris Hadfield:

Tuesday’s event also included a presentation of Sarnia’s official Centennial flag made to Mayor Mike Bradley made by a group led by Hoon. Lt. Col. Barry Hogan of the First Hussars.

Here is the CBC-produced “official” sing-along with Hadfield and Robertson:

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