One of the benefits of living in a small town is your access to tradition! I am lucky to live in the Village of Carp, now a suberb of Ottawa. There are many traditions here to enjoy. Some of the most notable are the Carp Fair, the Drive-In Bingos, the Opening of the Outdoor Rink, the Carp Farmer's Market and the Euchre Events. The original settlers of the area also had traditons. Theirs were mostly centered around the church. Today the local residents are proud of their churches and their history.
This year, Christ Church Huntley will celebrate its 175th Anniversary.
My ancestor, John Cavanagh, donated the land on which the church and cemetry are built. As part of the donation he was granted the right to sit in the first pew on the right hand side of the church. In those days, this was the most expensive seating in the church. This seating tradition is still upheld today by his direct descendant, Mary Cavanagh and her family.
My husband, Steve Howie and I were fortunate to be wed in the church in 1991. Steve grew-up in Stittsville and I grew-up in Carp. My Mother said we were following tradition as her Great Grandmother from Stittsville, was wed in the church 100 years before to a Cavanagh from Carp.
There are many events planned to celebrate this happy anniversary. I hope you will join in the celebrations - whether you are new or old to the area. That's the great thing about traditions - they can be carried-on or can be declared the first of many.
Sat. May 25, 2013 6 PM Anniversary Dinner & Dance
Carp Ag. Hall. Tickets $30.00,
Children 12 and under and under $15.00. (Tickets available at the Parish Office). The Bishop and many of our previous Rectors will be joining us for this special event!
Sun. June 2, 2013 2:30 PM Christ Church 175th Anniversary Cemetery Service. Reception. Historical Displays in the Church.
Sun. Nov. 10, 2013. 10:00 AM Christ Church 175th Anniversary Service.
Bishop & Mrs. Chapman attending.
Reception. Historical displays in the Church.
Sun. Sept. 8, 2013. 175th Anniversary GOLF TOURNAMENT at Glenmar Golf Course. More details available soon from Barb Downey and committee. Info: 836-4213
The Parish Office can be reached at 613-839-3195, firstname.lastname@example.org and www.huntleyparish.com