In early February 1888, a travelling group of entertainers was in New Westminster for two days of dramatic performances. A bit of research into both players and plays turned up some interesting background material, which adds to the role of theatre in pioneer days. The performances were to take place on consecutive evenings, a Monday and Tuesday, at the Herring Opera House.
There were a couple of special events planned by two prominent local groups here in New Westminster toward the end of January 1888. One was for the Hyack Fire Brigade and the other a fundraiser for the building of the Holy Trinity Church bell tower. Let’s see how they turned out. The Hyack Fire Brigade (or Company) event was their annual ball which, in 1888, was to be held in the Herring Opera House. Tickets for this gala were $2 and could be obtained from the committee made up of Messrs. W.J.
As we move towards the end of the first month of 2018, it might be interesting to look back to the end of a much earlier January – back 130 years to 1888 to see what was newsworthy at that time in the Royal City. If some of the early residents were still entertaining, they might have wanted some liquid refreshment to add to their festivities. Perhaps the popular store of Eb Brown would have just what they wanted, as he had just brought in a large shipment on the sailing vessel Viola.
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