Upper Canada Village’s annual Fall Fair was held Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18. It included traditional agricultural exhibits from fresh produce and livestock to homemade preserves and crafts. Five local guilds were represented in the annual Guild Quilt Show. The weekend-long event also featured the Upper Canada District (Ontario) Canadian Horse Breeders Futurity and Show, the Upper Canada Beard Competition, musical entertainment from the village’s brass band, games and races, and Steve Baker, a magician, medicine man and illusionist.
The South Dundas Fireman Mutual Aid Meeting was held at the Iroquois Legion on August 15, 2011. During the meeting, Legion Branch #370 presented the local fire department with the first of two cheques totalling $5,000 from Poppy Funds. The donation is being made in memory of Comrade Jay Merkley.
The ladies of Dundas County love a good “Night Out”.
They proved it by once again filling the Matilda Hall at Dixon’s Corners for the fourth annual Community Living Dundas County Ladies’ Night Out fund raiser.
Event organizer Marlene Lewis was ecstatic to see the hall filled with over 200 people Thursday night.
Lewis who came up with the idea for this “Ladies Night Out” event four years ago, reports that every year they have managed to fill the building. The only difference now is that with four years of experience, it is getting easier to attract the large crowd. That bodes well for the event continuing annually.
“It’s tremendous to see such a great crowd. It is great to have the support of the community, after all, that’s what we’re all about,” said Lewis.
Debbie Boardman, executive director of Community Living Dundas County said, “It’s great to have a community that is so supportive. That’s what Community Living is all about. All of us supporting each other. Community Living Dundas County is more than just a service.”
The event featured shopping, snacks and plenty of socializing.
Twenty-two vendors displaying fashions, cosmetics, home decor, culinary products and more provided ample opportunity shop, especially when combined with the silent auction. The fashion show, with its new format was well received.
Proceeds from the evening’s event support the George Davidson Family Resource Fund, which helps families attend important conferences, the Snoezelen Room, which provides sensory stimulation especially helpful to those with autism and transportation costs.
Community Living Dundas County advocates for the inclusion of people with an intellectual disability, providing training and resources for families and self -advocates.
It provides supports and services to adults with an intellectual disability to promote opportunities for personal growth within their community.
Funding comes from the provincial government as well as from the efforts of fund raisers like this one.
Community Living Dundas County’s Vision: Citizenship is the uniqueness of each person being accepted, supported and acknowledged within an inclusive community.
Their goal: That all persons live in a state of dignity, share in all elements of living in the community, and have the opportunity to participate effectively.
The passing ships aren't the only spectacle attracting visitors to the Iroquois Locks. Visitors and Photographers are quite taken by the majestic beauty of this osprey family. Osprey mature at two years of age. In youth, their eyes are orange, and then they become yellow in adulthood. Ospreys often next upon man-made structures, and have a high nest fidelity, often returning to the same nest after migration. They mate for life, and are devoted parents. This nesting platform was erected a few years ago when a nest had to be moved from a crane structure. The parents are often seen, keeping a watchful eye from the nearby crane. The young are full-grown at six weeks and leave the nest at 8-10 weeks for their first flight.
Images by Terri Laurin