Kensington throwing birthday bash in May

Colin MacLean
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KENSINGTON –Things that happened in 1914:

Town of Kensington crest. File Photo

The United States Congress creates Mother’s Day.

Paramount Pictures is formed.

First World War starts.

The Town of Kensington is born.

It was certainly an eventful year - so Kensington is throwing a party to celebrate.

The town announced Tuesday that it will be throwing itself a birthday bash from Friday, May 23, to Sunday, May 25.  Kensington is turning 100 in the third week of May, which is when the first town council met.

There’s a full slate of events planned, and Mayor Gordon Coffin would like to invite everyone to participate.

The town is adding centennial themed events to its annual festivals and celebrations throughout 2014, however, Coffin said that this particular weekend will be all about the town’s birthday.

“This is the big one,” said Coffin.

“We welcome everyone to Kensington. Come join in this celebration of our heritage,” he said.

The three-day celebration kicks off with fireworks on the evening of May 23.

May 24 will be a busy day, including an old time parade, unveiling of three commemorative murals painted by local artist Anne Gallant, and the Taste of the Island Buffet, with P.E.I. comedian Patrick Ledwell, Justin Simard and Todd MacLean as entertainment.

Sunday, May 25, will have an old fashioned carnival in the Community Gardens Complex, a community walk, and a gospel concert in the evening.

Tickets for the Taste of the Island Buffet and the gospel concert go on sale March 1 at the Kensington Town Hall. Tickets can also be purchased from committee members and are also available online at the town’s website.

Any business or group who would like to participate in the parade can contact the centennial planning committee through the town hall at 836-3781.

With the theme of the parade being “old time,” participants are asked to pick a decade between 1914 and 2014 as their theme.

For a full list of times and locations, visit the town’s website,

Organizations: United States Congress, Paramount Pictures, Kensington Town Hall

Geographic location: Kensington

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