In many ways, communities are like families, but bigger.
In most families, that feeling of belonging comes from sharing the same traditions, spending time together, from consciously participating in new experiences and everyday moments, and it comes from supporting one another through good times and bad.
And so it is with communities.
In South Dundas, we all have a spot on the “family tree,” whether we were born here, grew up here, or were transplanted here a bit later in life. Some of us can trace our history in this place back several generations to long before the Seaway, possibly before the turn of the 20th Century. We remember what the towns looked like before the Seaway, before amalgamation, before the Internet.
But, do we remember the community? The sense of belonging? I was born here in 1970 and I grew up here. Some of the best memories I have stem from community events and togetherness, such as the fireworks on Canada Day, the fair and parade during Old Home Week, summer camp, and more.
The thread that holds all of these memories together is the camaraderie – neighbours, extended family, friends, and strangers all coming together to actively participate in community events with a common sense of purpose and a sense of ‘this is who we are.’
We owe these memories to the people who devoted their time, energy, passion, and goodwill toward making the events happen, from Tubiefest and Old Home Week to the Williamsburg Harvest Fest and the ‘soon-to-make-a-comeback’ Matilda Winter Carnival.
The organizers behind the 25 years of Harvest Fest could be the poster children for community. The time and attention it takes to organize, plan and make this event happen often goes unnoticed by those who enjoy the festivities. Last weekend, County Road 18 in Williamsburg was packed with cars and people, all come together for a common purpose – to enjoy the day, the time of year, the tiny hamlet, and what it means to live in rural Eastern Ontario. It’s events like this that bring us together to proudly say to the outside world, ‘We are South Dundas.’
This Saturday (Oct. 1), a new group is offering a full day of fun and togetherness at Matilda Memorial Park in Brinston. The event is free, but money raised through donations and lunch will go toward the group’s effort to reinstate the long-missed Matilda Winter Carnival. Do you want a winter carnival in South Dundas? If the answer is yes, then we, as the South Dundas family, need to actively show our support.