There were plenty of highlights, and memories made, during Williams Point Homecoming 2017, including the dedication and blessing of a park and cairn.
Most of the weekend activities – fun for the whole family – took place at the newly-unveiled Williams Point Memorial Park.
After the Saturday afternoon (July 22) Homecoming Mass, Father Gary MacPherson blessed both that location and its cairn.
Before that, Williams Point Community Association president Matthew Mattie, along with Joe Long (vice president), Bernadette Lancaster (secretary) and Janice Fraser (treasurer), undraped the monument.
Mattie outlined some of the process leading to the historic event, including the countless volunteer hours and effort provided by residents.
As for funding the initiatives, he noted the contributions of the federal and provincial governments, along with the Municipality of the County of Antigonish and Councillor Bill MacFarlane.
“And, of course, the people of Williams Point,” he said.
He noted many “loved ones” have been honoured with etchings on the cairn’s stone.
“It can’t happen [without it],” Mattie said of how crucial community support has been in the creation Williams Point Memorial Park and erection of the cairn.
Mattie thanked many for their dedication, including association past-president Dave Kelly.
“He got it rolling,” Mattie said.
He noted planned additions for the park include a building, which will store community-owned supplies, such as tables, tents and barbecues.
It will also serve as the location for a deck, where people can come to sit and enjoy the park.
“We are also planning a fire pit,” he said.
Mattie noted it is about creating a “welcoming place for us all.”
Another focus, he said, is the creation of a veterans’ memorial portion of the cairn, which Mattie said needs assistance from community members, in terms of providing names and information.
He noted Williams Point boasts two First World War veterans, along with “numerous” Second World War veterans.
“Not to mention those who are now serving,” Mattie said.
There will also be a time capsule placed in the cairn, and the association is accepting photos for that project.
All in all, the three-day celebration provided a great opportunity for friends and family to renew and create lasting friendships.
“It is so great,” Kathleen MacFarlane said during the family activities and barbecue July 22.
MacFarlane, at 92, is the oldest resident still living in Williams Point.