Rockport – Rockport celebrates Canada 150 this Saturday, August 26th with a ‘Salute to its River Heritage’.
The event runs from 1:00pm to 8:00pm at the Rockport Recreation Hall on the Thousand Islands Parkway.
Walk amongst the characters of years gone by. For those who wish, take the historical walking tour of the riverside village of Rockport or stroll the ‘Heritage Walk’ to learn about boat building, the life of a fishing guide, growing up on the St. Lawrence River, the story of Hickory Lodge in the Gilded Age, building a marina business, rum-running and much more.
Watch and/or participate in the fashion show, ‘Fashions of Decades Past’. Children and adults are invited to participate in the challenge to match old objects with modern.
The history of Andress Boat Building and Rockport’s tour boat business circa 1900 will all be revealed, as well learn about fishing through the years.
Find out what it was like to grow up on the river and make a living from it. Listen to the story of Hickory Lodge, one of the original Rockport riverside resorts started in the Gilded Age in 1895. Join River Rats and talk about rum running in the days of Prohibition. Rockport was famous for its rum running activity back and forth to the US for 6 years when they still ‘suffered’ the laws of Prohibition.
Meet up with former students and some of the teachers of SS 14 – the 4th of 4 elementary schools in Rockport. This one started in 1925. See if you’re as ‘smart as an 85 year old’ and can match items from the past with their counterparts of today in the ‘Then and Now Game’. We challenge anyone who has an old item you think others might not be able to identify to bring it to the heritage game and see if it is recognized by others.
Enjoy live music in the new pavilion all day long from Joyride and Steve Haig. Visit the beer tent and have a cold one. Enjoy the fashion show at 4 pm as our ‘models’, in styles of the past decades from 1867 on, walk the catwalk.
Maybe you have an inner flower child, W.C. Fields, Mae West, or a Betty Boop waiting to emerge? Come and strut your stuff with Shirley Temple, Sonny and Cher, or Big Al Capone. Gangsters, flappers, rum runners and River rats of the Prohibition era to more modern personalities are all welcome and will be mingling with the crowd. You may even spot Elvis!
Listen to live music all afternoon long. Enjoy a cold beverage and some home cooking. Admission is FREE.
For more information please visit: http://www.rockportthousandislands.ca or facebook: Rockport Salutes its River Heritage