Mirror gets ready to celebrate 0
Gaze at Mirror and you'll see a community about to celebrate its 100th birthday.
The hamlet is celebrating its centennial for three days, starting July 13.
"We're having the centennial to remember the past," said Claire Duncan, chair of the Mirror Centennial Committee. "We're having (it) to celebrate what's happening in our community right now. We're also having (it) to look forward to the future."
July 13 will start with registration beginning at 1 p.m. and a coffee reception at 7 p.m. Both functions are at the community hall and run until 9 p.m.
People are coming from places like Ontario, B.C. and possibly the U.S. to celebrate and get together with old friends, said Duncan.
"They're coming from a wide area to catch up with people they know are still here, so it's kind of exciting," she said.
July 14 will be the busiest day.
It begins at 8:30 a.m. with a breakfast held at the fire hall, serving sausages produced locally and pancakes made completely from scratch until 11:30 a.m.
The Mirror and District Museum will have a special military display from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., which includes items from the Boer War and both World Wars.
At 10 a.m. there will be a demonstration showing how wagon wheels are made opposite the museum. A demonstration of the melting and pouring of metal will happen at 11 a.m. at the foundry.
On Main Street at 2 p.m. there will be a parade that will include antique cars, motorcycles, horses and a bagpipe band.
And that's not all.
At 3 p.m. an eight by 40 foot mural depicting the historical heritage of Mirror such as the buffalo, the Métis, the coming of the railway and the growth of agriculture will be dedicated at the community hall.
"It's going to be the thing that remains in our community after the centennial is over," said Duncan. "I'm really hopeful that people will see that as a source of pride for the future."
There will be a dinner and a dance, with live entertainment by the band Hattrick, in the community hall starting at 5:30 p.m. The dance ends at midnight.
But those aren't the only activities happening that day.
Spread throughout the day are children's activities, open houses hosted by local schools, meals and snacks, a trapper's tent and Métis dancing.
The last day, July 15 will see the celebration wind down with another breakfast and an interdenominational church service at 10 a.m.
There is still work being done on the centennial, so there may be more events organized by July 13, said Duncan.