For the 15th time there will be an antique festival in South Dundas.
This year’s antique festival, which is set to take place July 20 and 21, is being run by a committee who didn’t want to see the event disappear from South Dundas’ summer calendar of events, when the Morrisburg and District Lions Club opted not to host the 2013 event at the waterfront.
The Morrisburg Business improvement area is the host of the 2013 antique festival. The South Dundas Chamber of Commerce is a partner in the event and the Morrisburg and District Lions Club, though not hosting, have helped out.
“We are happy that the BIA picked up the ball to keep this thing rolling,” said Geraldine Fitzsimmons of the South Dundas Chamber of Commerce.
The event will take place at the Village Plaza in Morrisburg, with vendors set up in various locations, including two vacant store fronts and four vendor tents that will be set up on the mall, behind the clock tower. The stores being used include the former M&M Meat Shop location in the Pinkus Plaza and the former dollar store location in the Morrisburg Mall.
The three locations will house a total of 18 vendor booths, with dealers coming from Gatineau, Ingleside, Brockville, Perth and Madoc.
While the waterfront location will be missed, Fitzsimmons says the vendors are pleased to be bringing their wares back to this community and are looking forward to the new venue.
“This new location in the mall should give us more drop-in traffic,” said Fitzsimmons. “We will have a lot more visibility from County Road 2.”
“We’re excited about this event,” said Carl McIntyre, who chairs the antique festival committee. “We hope this will bring a lot of people into the heart of our community. This is all part of the effort to make this community more known.”
With only a few people working on organizing this event, they are finding themselves in need of some volunteers to help out with the logistics of the two day event.
The antique festival takes place Saturday, July 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Free admission. Appraisals on site.
The beauty of Christmas came alive at Upper Canada Village, Friday night, as the St. Lawrence Parks Commission opened its new gates in its new Discovery Centre to the 11th annual Alight at Night Festival.
Now recognized as one of the Top 100 events in Ontario by Festivals and Events, Ontario, Alight at Night has grown again with close to 1 million lights now lighting up the Eastern Ontario evening sky.
Visitors were welcomed to the official opening at Crysler Hall by Ron Eamer, Acting Chair of the St. Lawrence Parks Commission, who claimed that snow has been ordered and is on its way.
“We owe a great amount of thanks to the staff,” said Eamer. “Their enthusiasm is what carries it off. This year, they have put up almost 1 million lights.”
Director of Marketing, Bryan Mercer highlighted the various additions to this year’s festival. They include new state-of-the-art LED wall washer lighting that sets the historic buildings aglow in colour, a new and convenient outdoor food court and more streamlined pricing to alleviate lineups and speed entry to the Village.
For one price, visitors now get admission to the festival, including a wagon and train ride.
Admission is $13 for adults (13 years plus), $10 for seniors (65 years plus) and $10 for youth (six to 12 years). Children five years of age and under will be admitted free. All admissions are subject to tax.
Returning to this year’s Alight at Night Festival is the very popular Sound and Light Spectacular which runs every half hour outside Crysler Hall. This year’s show is sponsored by Cruickshank Construction.
The third running of the Annual Canadian Gingerbread Competition was judged this past Saturday and the entries are on display at Crysler Hall and the carolling at nearby Christ Church has been expanded.
Mercer pointed out that the festival opened a few days later (than in the past) on Friday, December 2 but will operate through to January 7 this year.
Alight at Night is now open Thursday to Sunday until December 18 (closed Mondays to Wednesdays). From December 19 to January 7 it will be open nightly except for its closure on December 24 and 25.
“It’s our 11th year and Alight at Night has become the signature event for Eastern Ontario,” said Mercer. “It keeps growing and growing and getting better. Anyone who has been involved in it should congratulate yourself.”
Playhouse favourite Leisa Way and her fabulous Wayward Wind Band have wowed audiences with their live tributes to Patsy Cline and Dolly Parton. Their upcoming country concert, Country Jukebox, running May 2-13 at Upper Canada Playhouse, promises to give audiences more than their money’s worth by performing hit songs from no less than 25 famous country stars.
It will be like the Grand Ole Opry.
Way and her talented band of musicians and singers will perform the greatest hits from one of the biggest line-ups of country stars you’ll ever find in one show.
“I think this will be their best concert yet. There’s so much in it,” said artistic director Donnie Bowes. “Folks really liked the Patsy Cline and Dolly Parton shows, but this time the show is packed with fabulous music from everyone’s favourite singers. There’s such a variety of hit songs, that it’s hard to know where to start.”
Among others, the concert will feature renditions of famous duos and hits from the likes of Roy Orbison, k.d. lang, Shania Twain, Bryan White, Kenny Rogers, Kim Carnes, Kris Kristofferson, Rita Coolidge, Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn, Brooks & Dunn, Everly Brothers, Toby Keith, Willie Nelson, Tammy Wynette and George Jones.
In addition to all these great classics, Leisa and the Band will perform the world premier of a new Ray Mercey song from the Mercey Brothers written just for this concert.
Star Leisa Way’s career has taken her to theatres across North America and in 50 other nations. She toured the Charlottetown Festival’s Anne of Green Gables as Anne, in performances which included the British Royal Family.Her Patsy Cline and Dolly Parton concerts have played in countless theatres since appearing here at Upper Canada Playhouse. She is an extraordinary talent.
Like Way, the members of her band are all stellar musicians and singers.
Musical director and pianist Bruce Ley, was with the Tommy Hunter and the Ronnie Prophet shows. He has worked with such greats as Don Everly, Chet Atkins and Brenda Lee. He is also the composer of music for television including Polka Dot Door and Sesame Street.
Drummer Dave Wilson has performed in some of Toronto’s biggest musicals, from Miss Saigon to Mama Mia, Les Mierables to Beauty and the Beast. He has also written music for Ellen DeGeneres and the Tyra Banks show.
Kim Ratcliffe, guitarist, has worked with artists like Colm Wilkinson, David Clayton Thomas and Sharon, Lois and Bram. He has also performed with top dance bands and in Dirty Dancing, Chicago and Hairspray.
Randall Kempf on bass, has a 30 year association with Sylvia Tyson, and has also performed with such greats as Buffy St. Marie, George Streit, Johnny Paycheck and Emmylou Harris. He’s worked in rock and roll, rhythm and blues, folk and country and is well known in radio and t.v.
Aaron Solomon, who played Johnny Cash in last year’s hit concert, Johnny and June, will also be joining Leisa Way for Country Jukebox. An accomplished fiddler, banjo and guitar player, Solomon has worked with such diverse artists as Shania Twain, Jeff Healy, George Hamilton IV and in over 300 recording sessions.
It’s safe to say that the Playhouse has something mighty special in store with this incredible line-up of talent coming to the stage May 2. “It’s amazing the combined total of experience and talent that’s represented in these concerts,” Bowes said. “Having these talented artists join us each May to kick off our summer season has been a real thrill.”
If you’re a country music fan or just a plain music fan, there will be something for everyone at this blockbuster run of Country Jukebox, starring Leisa Way.
Audiences are advised to book early at 613-543-3713, 1-877-550-3650 or uppercanadaplayhouse.com.