WILLSBORO - The community of Willsboro will be a bustling place the first two weekends in June when they hold their Lake Champlain Quadricentennial events.
On June 6, organizations and members of the community are invited to take part in a parade. The parade will start from the Middle Road and go down Rt. 22 toward Noblewood Park, starting at 11 a.m.
The parade theme will feature Willsboro's heritage from the early days to the present time. Those interested in joining the parade may contact the Town Hall or Janice Allen for more details.
Following the parade local families will be invited to Noblewood Lodge. There will be no charge for this event, and each family is asked to bring their own picnic, possibly even a dish to share. A blanket or folding chairs could be helpful. Directions for parking and shuttle service will be available if needed.
The picnic will include live music and families will be encouraged to share stories from their time in Willsboro.
On the following Saturday, June 13, more celebrations will take place in the Noblewood Park area.
The event opens at 9 a.m. with Steven Kellogg sharing stories. He will also have some of his books for sale. Later there will be presentations by some speakers on history. Watch for Samuel Champlain's "stand in" to drop by and share the importance of his discovery.
The all-day event will also include the planting of a Peace Tree and the sharing of Indian Heritage by the Native American College through stories and dance. A group of interruptive dancers will share the beauty of nature at different times in the day. Farmer's Market vendors will also be on site and there will be food vendors on site throughout the day.
An interesting canoe trip up the Boquet River is being made available that day with guides pointing out the historic points of interest as the canoe's travel upstream from the mouth of the Boquet.
For more information on either of these events, contact the Willsboro Town Hall at 963-8368 or Janice Allen at 963-8912.