Historical Event Update
Fairview Historical Society’s Community Dinner
On Nov. 2, 2019 the Fairview Historical Society hosted the first Community Dinner at the Fairview Legion. The theme of the event was entitled Fairview: The Past and The Present. We are pleased to report that it was a wonderful success, attended by a sell-out audience of 140 people.
The evening began with a roast beef dinner, topped off with a apple pie desert. Brian Forbes of “Affordable Food Catering Services” is to be commended for not only the excellent quality of the meal, but for serving it hot to a full house.
After dinner Fairview Historical Society President Don Edwards welcomed everyone and gave a short presentation touching on how and why the FHS was formed four years ago. He also related how busy the society has been these past few years and talked about the goal to have two interpretive panels installed that would relate the history of the community. One would be placed at Titus Smith Park on Titus Street and the other at Piercey Field on Frederick Ave.
He next introduced the Guest Speaker, retired CTV Reporter Rick Grant. Rick’s roots were in Armdale (sister community to Fairview) but much of his youth was spent in Fairview. For 45 minutes he kept the audience very attentive with stories of his youth and the history of Fairview. He attended Halifax West High School, St. Lawrence Parish (alter-boy) and had many friends and relatives in Fairview. He related tales of his youth and had the audience captivated with his keen sense of humour which was evident by the many outbursts of laughter during his time at the podium.
His knowledge of the history of Fairview was evident as well as he talked about the land grants and the early settlers such as the Geizers and the Deals, who have present day relatives still living in the area.
He alone was worth the price of admission and the Fairview Historical Society give a huge “Thank You” to Rick Grant for being such a wonderful Guest Speaker and for helping make out first dinner a resounding success. Also a huge “Thank You” go out to the people who took the time to come to our dinner, you made the evening that more special.
A big “Thank You” goes out to our FHS Executives, who worked so hard to ensure that the night was successful.
What’s next on the FHS agenda? Stay Tuned!