Happy Birthday Grimsby: Town to throw 100th anniversary bash

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Time to dust off your party hats and wish a happy birthday to Grimsby, as the municipality celebrates its 100th anniversary.

On Sept. 24, the town is throwing a birthday party to celebrate 100 years of the official formation of the municipality, with live music performances, live mural paintings, a Grimsby 100 birthday cake presentation, buskers and family entertainment.

The festivities will culminate in a laser show set to music from the main stage.

Celebrations will run from noon to 10 p.m. and the downtown will be closed to traffic during the party.

Alongside the main party, Grimsby is also hosting the inaugural Grimsby Arts Walk from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., an interactive walking route connecting art and culture institutions through the town. There will be a juried art show at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery, an art sale by the Lakeside Pumphouse Arts Association at Nelles Manor, and an art battle at the Grimsby Museum.

This is planned to be an annual juried art festival.

On Friday Sept. 23, it will be the final movie night in the park of the year, and there will be a special edition of the outdoor author series presented by the Grimsby Public Library on Sunday Sept. 25, both in Coronation Park.

Trevor Ruzylo, recreation supervisor at the Town of Grimsby, said the party will not only allow residents to say happy birthday to the town, but also to display their civic pride, which the town is providing an outlet for through the planned events.

"(We) want it to feel like Grimsby," he said.

The village of Grimsby was incorporated in 1876 and became a town in 1922.

As part of the celebrations, residents are also invited to share their own stories of Grimsby, which you can do by visiting https://www.letstalkgrimsby.ca/grimsby100.

More information about the planned events can be found at https://grimsby-100-celebration.squarespace.com/.

Chris Pickles, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Grimsby Lincoln News