Although the weather forecast was not great, Saturday, Aug. 3, turned out to be a satisfactory day for the Annual Tea Party of the Placentia Area Historical Society (PAHS).
The group had the benefit of a tent erected by the Town in case of rain. There was a good turn out of people to celebrate our history, participate in refreshments, enjoy the music and period costumes and observe the ceremonies. New life-member Jim Wyse cut the cake. Walter Parson and Sadie Ennis provided the musical entertainment.
PAHS president, Tom O'Keefe, welcomed the group and gave a very brief overview of some of Placentia's history, starting with a Basque sailor who in 1563 wrote a will asking to be buried in Placentia. Later the president presented a Heritage Award to the Town of Placentia for their support of history and of PAHS. It was accept by Councillor Wayne Power.
Sherry Gambin Walsh, chairperson of the Avalon Gateway RED Board made a presentation to PATH of $5,311.44 the funds ramaining as that group closed down because of lack of government funding.
Federal member Scott Andrews, MP and provincial member Felix Collins, Minister of Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat both spoke to congratulate PAHS on its efforts to promote and preserve history.