The Annual Tea Party and Heritage Award of the Placentia Area Historical Society went ahead on the grounds of the O’Reilly House Museum, August 12, under beautiful sun. Fortunately those who wanted it had shelter from a tent that had been erected by the Placentia 350 Inc. workers led by Robin Collins.
The group was welcomed by the PAHS President Tom O’Keefe who introduced the program for the day. This was followed by the Placentia Bay Community singers singing the National Anthem and the Ode to Newfoundland. The cake was then cut by Retired Deputy Chief Gary Browne RNC, who had helped organize the medal repatriation ceremony and parade in Placentia last year. This was followed by serving of tea and refreshments and socializing while Sarah Murphy provided background music. Preparation and service of refreshments was assisted by Winnie Barry and members of the Festival of Flags.
The next event was the presentation of the Heritage Award. This year the Royal Canadian Legion, Placentia Branch #33 was presented with the award because of it efforts in remembering the role of our veterans. The Award was accepted on behalf of the legion by Ian Walsh.
During the Tea Party, and after, many took advantage of the free tours of the museum that were offered.
The event was held this year on grounds that had a brand new fence and concrete walk installed by the Placentia Area Development Association. Construction of the concrete walk was assisted by Hynes Construction and a new gate was designed by Christopher Newhook. Mowing and trimming the lawn had been done by the Placentia 350 workers and PAHS student employees.See morephotos.