Residents Join Town Officials At Huntsville’s 133rd Birthday Celebration

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Residents viewing Mayor Scott Aitchison's timeline project. Photo by Maddie Binning

Huntsville residents joined Mayor Scott Aitchison and Town Council at Huntsville’s 133rd birthday on March 25, celebrating the town while also getting a chance to view the mayor’s timeline project.

The event took place at Partners Hall in downtown Huntsville from 4 to 5:30 pm on March 25, which marks 133 years since the Village of Huntsville was incorporated in 1886. The celebration was a drop-in style gathering, featuring live entertainment by Briar Summers, winner of the 2017 Bill Award. The event included coffee and cookies, temporary “Huntsville Day” tattoos and a photo op with Huntsville’s founder and namesake, Captain George Hunt. Deputy Mayor Karin Terziano, former mayor Hugh Mackenzie, Lake of Bays Mayor Terry Glover and Township of Perry councillor Margaret Ann MacPhail also attended the event. Council met in the chambers at 6 p.m. following the celebration.

A local dressed as Captain George Hunt leads the group in singing “Happy Birthday” to Huntsville. Photo by Maddie Binning

“I love this community, so to have a birthday and celebrate it with like-minded people, it’s the best job in the world,” said Teri Souter, Huntsville’s manager of arts, culture and heritage, who organized the event. “Mostly it’s about getting together and getting to talk to one another, and I think it’s extremely important that the mayor and council make themselves available to people in this kind of an informal situation where they can just talk about whatever’s on their mind.”

Mayor Aitchison spoke at the event, thanking the attendees and organizers while also sharing details about his timeline project, which was displayed across the walls of the celebration. The timeline shows details of council members and local issues throughout the years in Huntsville.

“I love the history of our community and there’s been some great books written on it,” Aitchison said. “That’s how this really began. I had a question in my mind about some particular mayor way back when and this is the result.”

Aitchison encouraged locals to share memories related to the timeline and to help identify any mistakes or omissions. The event also gave locals the chance to sign a birthday card destined for the town archives.

See photos from the event below.

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