--September 5, 2012.
The sun was shining, and the weather comfortably warm on the Farmers Market grounds as a group of over 120 people gathered behind the Melbourne Town Hall in Richmond Sunday to witness the burial of 116 stainless steel 58 oz size hermetically sealed canisters into a circular concrete vault to be opened 50 years from now.
The vault bearing three layers of canisters containing memories, in the form of photos, notes, predictions, memorabilia , wishes and names of some 116 area families , their friends and relatives, to be opened August 2 in the year of 2062.
The vault will be covered by a 2,000 lb sculpted metallic tree bearing leaves with the names of some of the local towns that have disappeared from the townships, over the years . The tree, mounted on slate, is the work of metallic sculpture artist Jean-Marc Tetro.
The project was the brainchild of the Richmond Country Historical Society months ago. The canisters were sold for $50 each to any person or family that wished to reach ahead in time to their family members and friends, who would be interested in finding out more about the times their ancestors lived in 50 years ago.
Music to set the mood was provided by Francine Beaubien at the piano, accompanying Isabella Gosselin on the violin.
Preceding the burial of the canisters, there were short addresses by Beverly Taber Smith, president of the Richmond County Historical Society, Nick Fonda, past president, Jim Johnson, Mayor of the Township of Melbourne, and treasurer Simon Langeveld, who lowered the canisters into the vault.
"A wonderful selection of meaningful memorabilia from knowledgeable people of our time. In the hermetically sealed canisters are pieces of our lives which should be of interest to friends and relatives 50 years in the future," Langevelt said at the conclusion, before the vault was sealed and the heavy sculpted tree put in place sealing the vault for the next 50 years.