The 115 year old “Sawmill Creek Covered Bridge” received well deserved love and appreciation on Sunday, August 6, as community residents and visitors celebrated the 3rd “Love Your Covered Bridge Day” event, in recognition of the unique heritage of the covered bridges and the importance of their preservation.
It’s not every day that you attend an event “inside” a covered bridge, seated within the massive wooden truss and beam structure, protected from the sun with the breeze keeping you cool and free from mosquitoes!
Singers and musicians (playing guitar, banjo and harmonica) joined together as the “Covered Bridge Band”: Betty Weston, Dawne McLean, Oliver Smith, Darrell Mcaulay, Jim and Sue McLaughlin, Jarod Fenwick and Eric Steeves. Two poems, “My Grandfather’s Store” and “Grindstone Island”, composed by Diane Reid Tingley remembering Albert County’s past days were greatly appreciated.
Grateful thanks to the Youth Group from Albert Mines Baptist Church for providing a refreshment table of pop, water and sweet treats, with the proceeds towards their “Meals for Seniors” community project.
Three 2024 Covered Bridge Calendars were presented as prizes. Congratulations to Alex Steeves, who won the raffle prize of a large framed photo of the Sawmill Creek Bridge, donated by Ray Boucher. There is a tremendous need for a new “Sawmill Creek Covered Bridge” road sign at the entrance driveway! Fundraising efforts for a new sign kicked off with the photo raffle draw at the bridge event, as well as receiving donations “in the jar”! The Albert County Historical Society appreciates the support from the community and community organizations in working together to install a new road sign! Good news of another fundraising opportunity! Purchase a “Sawmill Creek Covered Bridge” license plate for $28.00 at the Albert County Museum, with $6.00 from each license plate sold being donated towards the new sign. Your support is greatly needed and is appreciated! An appreciative “Thank you” to everyone for attending the Sawmill Creek “Love Your Covered Bridge Day” community heritage celebration!