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Re-enactors bring city’s history to life AROUND TOWN

THERESA MCMANUS

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he New Westminster Historical Society’s upcoming presentation will shed some light on the work involved in historical reenactments. The presentation is taking place on Wednesday, Oct 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the New Westminster Public Library. The topic is: Historical Re-enactors – The Work Needed To Get The ‘Character’ Right. Last year, the historical society welcomed members of the Living History Group – history enthusiasts and re-enactors who take on the roles of colonial characters, especially members of the Royal Engineers who were stationed in this area from 1858 to 1863. As part of that evening’s presentation, individuals recounted the stories of researching a particular character or two. Tim Watkins, who portrays a local Royal Engineer

of the early 1860s, will bring an illustrated presentation that recounts the hard work, investigation and attention to detail that goes into being a re-enactor. “It is not just a matter of putting on a costume,” said a press release. “It is reading, researching and studying as much as possible to get to know the person that will be portrayed. Watkins’ examples will cover a variety of stories and individuals. As these people who are portrayed were real, an honest effort must be made to get their story right.” The program is free, and everyone is welcome. There is no need to pre-register.

dening. Although all individual plots are currently full, new membership is encouraged as opportunities and places to get involved and grow things still exist. The gardens are currently showing a hardy harvest of vegetables, flowers and blueberry bushes, but plans for further development are underway, including more berry bushes and a community espalier orchard (pruned and trained fruit trees). The Simcoe garden will be New Westminster

really come together over this garden and has worked very hard (both physically and through organizing) to create it,” said June Brinkman, a gardener at Simcoe. “Not only has the garden increased the beauty of Simcoe Park by creating a wonderful destination spot to be in, it is also responsible for many important new neighbour-to-neighbour relationships.” The Simcoe community garden has 30 individual plots, plus a number of large shared spaces for gar-

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The Simcoe community garden held its grand opening under sunny skies last week. Oct. 1 marked the grand opening of the garden, which was established as a joint project between the City of New Westminster and the New Westminster Community Gardening Society. The society invites the public to meander through the garden, which is always open to the public. “The community has

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Community Gardening Society’s second garden after Mary Mount in Sapperton. It’s the third community garden for New Westminster after the trailblazing Port Royal garden in Queensborough. The garden is located in Simcoe Park, about 300 metres northwest of the intersection of Eighth Street and Royal Avenue below John Robson School. “The more community gardens we create in New Westminster, the more we reduce our environmental footprint, increase health

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