Ernie Laviolette (left) and  Eugene Foisy accept the community heritage plaque as founders of Cherryville Days.

Ernie Laviolette (left) and Eugene Foisy accept the community heritage plaque as founders of Cherryville Days.

Cherryville celebrates

Community recognizes the founders of Cherryville Days 50 years ago

GRETA HELIN

Special to The Morning Star

From Bud Miriam’s field to Hanson Park and the community at large, Cherryville Days has grown these past 50 years.

Yet the sense of small community and Cherryville has remained.

Founders Ernie Laviolette and Eugene Foisy, and the late Fred Burrows, Charlie and Ruth Sihlis, Earl and Shirley Young, were acknowledged at Heritage Night during the 50th anniversary celebrations Friday.

“Tonight we’re going to hear it like it was – no sound,”  said Laviolette.

The year 1967 was captured by Laviolette, a time where every young girl twirled a baton and where parade participants outnumbered spectators, and when movies had no sound.

While the projector rolled and whirred, the community shouted out names of friends and relatives and shared their personal stories.

One of the highlights was seeing footage of the  Cherryville Days dance, including the indoor outhouse and all of the children sleeping on blankets in the backroom while the mothers danced the night away.