Across the square the town added the Placentia Bay Cultural Arts Centre in 2009 which not only was the venue for my niece's recent wedding but holds some great artwork, books on the region that are available for purchase, an archaeology display and the Voices of Placentia Bay exhibit which catalogs video and audio biographical information including much about the local music.
|My favorite painting that was on display|
Last year my grandmother stopped by my mother-in-law's home in Placentia for a quick visit. These ladies went to school together 80 years ago! Not in Placentia though, they were from St. Leonard's and St. Kyran's, a story I still haven't gotten around to telling.
|Annie Griffin age 88, Nell Leonard age 94|
Even though our families weren't part of the Placentia story from the beginning it is a fascinating tale. Basque fishermen (from north central Spain and southwestern France) were here as early as the 16th century, where the large rock beach meant the codfish could be salted and dried right on the beach rocks. And then for almost a hundred years the French and the British fought over control of this bountiful harbor. Of course the cod moratorium changed everything for this area. Check out the link and read the story if you don't know about it.
|Drying fish on Placentia Beach from the Placentia Area Blog website|
The latest update in town has been the building of the new lift bridge. We watched the progress every time we visited, and this visit happened to coincide with the bridge's completion just a few weeks before our arrival.
|Bridge progress August 2015|