A new collection of historic stories by Andrew Armitage and contemporary photographs by John Fearnall featuring Owen Sound has just been published by The Ginger Press. Celebrations! In Owen Sound covers some of the significant events, parades, concerts and holidays that have taken place here.

The earliest story describes the day the governor general came to town in 1874 and the resulting adjustment to the “Niagara of the North” (Inglis Falls) to ensure he saw the falls in action. The most recent photograph shows the COVID-modified 2020 drive-by Santa Claus parade.

Owen Sounders have always had lots to celebrate. During these COVID-impacted times, adjustments have had to be made to the ways we get together. This new collaboration reminds us of the way things used to be and shows us new ways we have adapted to changing times.

Copies of Celebrations! In Owen Sound ($20) are available from The Ginger Press in downtown Owen Sound and www.gingerpress.com.