Simcoe Days 2019: Reach Into History

Press Release Submitted by Bev Means-Jeeves

Last year, Fenelon Live (a group which holds membership to the Kawartha Works Community Co-Operative, Inc.) put on a new event in Fenelon Falls: Simcoe Day The event was a huge success, with over 4,000 people attending. This year, we want to dedicate the event and its growing success to Bob Pennock, our Chair who passed away in April. Bob was a leader and believer in community, and Simcoe Days 2019 “Reach Into History” is a community event open to all.

The first weekend in August in Ontario is “Simcoe Days.”  This year organizers are expanding our event’s profile and reach by promoting awareness of the settlement of Fenelon Falls, and Simcoe’s influence in Canadian history before, during, and after his role as First Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada. This year represents the “UN Year of Indigenous Languages” and settlers to Upper Canada and Lord Simcoe would have met many First Nations people.

In honour of the U.N. Year of Indigenous Languages, Kawartha Lakes Art Council (KLAC) will have an interactive display of Mississaugas of the great Anishnaabeg (uhnish-nahbe) nation.

The “Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada” will again have an 1812 encampment that will operate and be set up at Lock 34 of the Trent Severn Waterway the evening of August 2nd. On August 3rd there will be three 1812 re-enactments and cannon exhibition/firing to coincide with the Peterborough Concert Band’s playing of “Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture.” At the conclusion of each, there will be children participation within the encampment. This year the encampment will be open on Friday night to allow visitors to see and participate in setting up and living in an encampment of 1812.  

The Fleming College Varsity Lumberjack team will be putting on various displays in woodcarving, axe throwing, competitions, and pole rolling both on Lock 34 island and also at the beach at the end of Oak Street.

There will also be exhibits and interactive activities with Kawartha Settlers Village, Maryboro Lodge; the Fenelon Museum, Minden Fur Harvesters, TSW Youth Group, and Lindsay Legion. There will be free ice-cream from Kawartha Dairy from 2:00-4:00 pm, apple pressing, and bee pollinating. The Fenelon Museum will be hosting an exhibit on renowned local artist Anne Langton and will host children’s activities. A shuttle bus will be provided from the parking lot located off Helen Street.

There is also a social media campaign called “Reach Into History” to collect and emphasize Fenelon’s rich cottage history on the water, cottaging and events.  We would love to share your stories on social media on our Facebook page “Simcoe Days 2019, Reach Into History”  For stories, advertisement or sponsorship, please contact Bev Jeeves at GBJeeves@bell.net or call 905-431-5394 for more information.