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City of Saint John Celebrates a Virtual Birthday

14-May-2020

On Monday, May 18, the City of Saint John will celebrate its 235th birthday, Loyalist Day (the 237th anniversary of the landing of the Loyalists), and Victoria Day.

In lieu of the annual festivities that traditionally take place, the City of Saint John is hosting a virtual celebration, encouraging citizens to find unique ways to celebrate that continue to follow Public Health restrictions. The virtual event on the City’s Facebook page shares ideas such as hosting a virtual Victorian Tea party to taking an historic walking tour using the guides available on the City’s website. Citizens are encouraged to share photos of their celebration activities on Facebook with the hashtag #mysaintjohn.

In addition to the virtual Facebook event, the United Empire Loyalists Association has commissioned Shannon Webb-Campbell a mixed-Indigenous (Mi'kmaq) settler poet, writer, and critic currently based in Saint John to create a poem in honour of the City’s 235th anniversary. The work is funded through an annual Community Arts grant the Association receives to host Loyalist Day celebrations. The poem, entitled Menagoesg Redux ("Return to the Windy Place" ), is available here.

Happy Birthday, Saint John. Please continue to practice social distancing and stay safe.

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