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: