Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Salvation Army set to celebrate centennial

The local Salvation Army will be celebrating its 100th anniversary next month and they are inviting the community to join in the festivities.
“The Salvation Army started in Fort Frances 100 years ago and in recognition of 100 years of services here, we are having a concert and worship service to commemorate that milestone,” noted Lt. Dennis Maybury.

The concert will feature a 15- to 20-member brass band from Bermuda.
“We are really looking forward to it,” Lt. Maybury enthused. “It’s going to be a really nice concert.”
He indicated the band, which includes friends of the Mayburys, had inquired about coming to Fort Frances to visit about a year ago.
But when he realized this year would be the centennial, Lt. Maybury suggested the group come and be a part of that celebration.
The festivities will be held April 4-6, with a possible concert at Fort Frances High School on the Friday morning, followed by the band marching through town around 11 a.m. (weather permitting).
Lt. Maybury noted it would be a short march, beginning at Pharmasave and heading down Scott Street to Victoria Avenue and then south to the Citadel.
“I’m hoping the weather is a little warmer,” he remarked.
“If it’s nice, they may stop on Scott Street and play a few songs.”
That afternoon, the band will perform at Rainycrest for the residents there.
Then on the Saturday, they will perform a concert for the public from 1-3 p.m. at the New Beginnings Fellowship Church on Mill Road (by La Place Rendez-Vous).
While the concert is free, seats are limited so a ticket is required.
Tickets can be picked up at the Citadel or by calling 274-3871.
The concert also will include performances by local singers Larissa Desrosier and Reagan Kaemingh, dancing by Demara Maybury, and singing by the Bermuda group “Jabulani,” which Lt. Mary Maybury is a part of.
And during the concert, a number of volunteers and sponsors will be recognized for their service to the Salvation Army.
A free-will offering will be taken and a light lunch served afterwards.
“Make sure you get a ticket if you want to come,” Lt. Dennis Maybury stressed, noting half of the tickets already are spoken for.
Then a special worship service will be held on the Sunday.
“We’d like to invite area churches to come and join in the celebration service,” Lt. Maybury said.
“We want to thank Fort Frances and the district for their support over the many years,” he added.
“Their help has supported us in our mission.”

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