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Port Hope Celebrates Homecoming Reunion!

Port Hope Homecoming Reunion is scheduled for Friday August 3, 4 & 5, 2012. The last official homecoming to happen in Port Hope was back in August 1901. The 2012 event was pulled together by an enthusiastic group of local volunteers to celebrate life in picturesque Port Hope.

Reunion Schedule Summary:

Friday night is a mix and mingle throughout Port Hope. Look for balloons outside various local establishments, including the Library (a non-alcoholic venue) and the Knights of Columbus Hall. Step out to see friendly faces, old and new!

Saturday activities include:

A car rally and bus tours throughout the Municipality beginning at 9:00 am from the Town Park Recreation Centre. The Rally will bring participants back to an assortment of favourite and memorable spots throughout the community.

A big party for all will kick off late afternoon. A cash bar will open at the Town Park Recreation Centre at 5:00pm. Entertainment starts at 5:30pm with Alec Newell/Denis Allard, followed by our very on local Party Band.

Sunday everyone is encouraged to visit the Town Agricultural Park and partake in the BIGGEST picnic ever! Bring your own lunch, blanket or lawn chair and join the community gathering. 11 am – 2 pm on the soccer fields.

The Homecoming Reunion Committee was inspired to host this event after conversations began on the Facebook page “If You Grew Up in Port Hope: Do You Remember When?” The Committee was formed and plans were made to welcome all residents, past, present and future to attend the celebrations.

The 1901 Reunion ran from Monday, August 5th till Thursday, August 8th.  Joseph Hooper was the organizer and driving force behind the 1901 Old Boys Reunion and wrote a poem about Port Hope around that time. Joseph Hooper, born in Plymouth, England, February 19, 1832 was a direct descendant of the Bishop of Gloucester. He migrated to the United States at the age of twenty-one and later he went to Port Hope where he established a monument business, specializing in Italian marble and Scotch granite. He married and raised a family of two girls and three boys.

My Dear Old Home

Nestling round the hillsides,

Or in the vales between,

Spire and home and cottage

Among the evergreen.

 

Fair scene of rippling brook,

Ravine and shady glen,

Where the birds’ bright melody

In sweetest cadence blend.

 

You may roam thro’ strange lands,

Such beauty’s rarely seen,

As picturesque Port Hope,

Bedecked in evergreen.

 

Around such scenes so fair,

Sweet memories cluster ever,

Which ne’er can be effaced -

Nor time nor distance sever.

 

Thus to that one bright spot,

As needle to the pole,

My heart forever turns

Toward its truest goal.

 

So, when at eventide,

Life’s close of day has come,

There lay me down to rest

In that – my dear old home.

Poem by Joseph Hooper

 

For more information about the Port Hope Homecoming Reunion, please contact Marg Graham, Homecoming Reunion Committee porthopereunion2012@yahoo.ca

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