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KidsFest at Maryboro Lodge

Submitted by Glenn Walker

KidsFest celebrates the many ways the Kawarthas have been wonderful for families. Producing Tinkertoys, Crayola, Kawartha Dairy Ice Cream, and the great variety of classic wooden toys that enlivened childhoods of the 1950s and 1960s, the region is unusual for how much it has done for kids. It is the 125th anniversary of the first steamer ascending the Fenelon Lock, an important connection in making the lakes a tourist destination and home to the joys of cottage life.  

KidsFest brings to life the unique heritage of the Kawarthas in a free family event at Maryboro Lodge: the Fenelon Museum. Garnet Graham Park in Fenelon Falls will be rocking on Labour Day weekend with nine concerts, featuring Juno-nominated performers Chris McKhool and Sonshine & Broccoli. Children will enjoy larger-than-life creations of local toys, crafts, hands-on activities and a splash pad. There will be a community campfire, magic, a petting zoo, pony rides, a real mermaid, and of course, free Kawartha Dairy ice cream.  The Cameron Lake Monster might appear (it was printed in the Fenelon Falls Gazette, so it must be real!) "KidsFest is going to be a wonderful end of summer party," observes councillor Doug Elmslie.

To celebrate the anniversary of the Fenelon Falls lock, KidsFest has a maritime theme. Once steamships could navigate around the waterfall, they could carry passengers from Coboconk to Port Perry to Bridgenorth. The Kawarthas were born as a tourist destination, as visitors could take the train from distant cities to connect with the paddle wheelers carrying passengers to summer destinations and cottages throughout the lakes. Sunday schools and charitable organizations organized steamship excursions and picnics throughout the lakes, with 25 cent fares. At KidsFest, participants can build a boat, float it down a stream and learn how locks work at a water table. 

"We wanted to host a family event that brings together the feeling of a summer folk festival with a fun fair," explains organizer Sharon Walker. "There will be over 30 hands-on activities, everything from Magic to a Rocket Launcher. There will be so much to do, and it's all free!"

Schedule

Saturday:

10AM: Fun Zone Opens

10AM: Water Blessing

10AM-1PM: Wagon Rides

10AM-2PM: Magic!

11AM to 2PM: Corn Roast & Barbeque

12:30 Free Ice Cream

1PM: Chris McKhool: Earth, Seas & Air 

2PM: Paddling Puppeters: Plugging Into Nature

3PM: Chris McKhool: Fiddlefire

4PM: Paddling Puppeteers: Honest Frankie's Shoreline Review


Sunday:

10AM-1PM: Pony Rides 

10AM-2PM: Petting Zoo

12:30PM: Free Ice Cream

1PM: Andrew Queen 

2PM: Sonshine & Broccoli 

3PM: Andrew Queen

4PM: Sonshine & Broccoli 

5:30 PM: The Rocket Launch

6PM: Community Campfire


Also See: http://www.maryboro.ca/KidsFest.html

Featured Event - Simcoe Day

Submitted by Michael Robson

Have you ever been told about how today is nothing like the “good old days”? This weekend, see for yourself by coming to Fenelon Falls Live’s Simcoe Day Weekend! From the Trent Severn Waterway Island to the Terrace Gardens, experience the world of the first Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario, John Graves Simcoe.

The Trent Severn Waterway Island will be the main attraction for Simcoe Day and will be the grounds for historical reenactments and live music, featuring an 1812-era scrimmage reenactment. Walk through a War of 1812 battle camp and join in the preparations as both sides prepare for battle. Meet John Simcoe and learn about his feats as the first Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario. There will be several reenactments throughout the day culminating in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture with Cannons.

Maryboro Lodge will be hosting the Settlers’ Experience and Kid Zone. People of all ages can enjoy going to Settlers’ School with Anne Langton or see some of Anne’s art on display. There will also be a refreshment centre and Tissue Paper Sun Catcher Craft.

After visiting the museum, you can make your way back along Water Street and spend time with several of the organizations and businesses who will be set up on Saturday. Participate in activities like Apple Pressing and Bee City or pick up free ice cream between 2 pm and 4 pm. The Fenelon Falls Brewing Co. will also be hosting a beer garden outside of their Water Street location for anyone who wants to try out their two new brews: the East Coast IPA and the Sparkling Ale.

There are even more activities to enjoy on Saturday, August 3rd including the KAIROS Blanket Exercise at the Terrace Gardens. The KAIROS exercise is a unique, participatory history lesson that encourages reconciliation between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous peoples. Join the exercise to learn more about the experiences of Indigenous people throughout Canada’s history. The Terrace Gardens will also be hosting Spirit Bear Art Crafts and teaching people about Wampum Belts.

Last but certainly not least, there will be Reach into History - Story Telling and an Open Mic Stage at Market & Francis Street where visitors to Simcoe Day can learn more about the event and Lord Simcoe.

This weekend, there really will be something for everyone in Fenelon Falls. You will not want to miss your opportunity to live through history. We look forward to seeing you here!

Mystery Adventure

Submitted by Marylee Boston

Have you heard? The Jewel of the Kawarthas has gone missing and we need your help to find it!. “The Hunt for the Jewel of the Kawarthas” is a Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce summer mystery adventure. Whether you are a local, a cottager, or a visitor, it is a great way to get out of the house and spend quality time with family and friends of all ages. Everyone will enjoy the chance to use their sleuthing skills to solve the puzzle and you just might learn something new about Fenelon Falls as the clues lead you around our beautiful village. 

The adventure starts at the Tourism Office on 15 Oak Street where you pick up your clue package. Then it’s up to you and your team to find the answers to the clues and return to the Tourism Office to unlock the treasure boxes. If you get stuck along the way look for one the Tourism Ambassadors in their blue uniforms to point you in the right direction. If you think they can be trusted! 

At the end of your journey there will be gasps, squeals of joy and delight when you use the clues to open the treasure chests and see what reward awaits you. More than 50 groups of adventurers have already solved the mystery but there’s still time for you to join in the fun. 

Have we piqued your interest? Challenge your friends to see who can solve the clues the fastest and share your Mystery Adventure photos on social media along with #FFMysteryAdventure. The Mystery Adventure runs all summer long until September 1st.

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Beat The Heat and Prostate Cancer at the 2019 Telus Watercraft Ride for Dad

Submitted by Michael Robson

Summer is in full swing and it has been hot here in Fenelon Falls. The sun and humidity have been perfect weather for water fun and this weekend, there is an event that helps you cool off and contribute to a good cause. 

This Saturday, the Fenelon Falls Marina will be hosting the 2019 Telus Watercraft Ride for Dad. The event will start at 1 pm at Fenelon Falls Marina and will take participants on a scavenger hunt on Cameron and Sturgeon Lakes. All pleasure craft are welcome and encouraged to join in the hunt. Upon completing the hunt, families may return to the Marina by 4 pm for a chance to win great prizes and enjoy dinner together at 5 pm.

Ride for Dad is a national mission to help end prostate cancer by supporting research and raising awareness. All across Canada, people are fundraising and participating in rides on ATVs, Motorcycles, Snowmobiles, and Watercraft. The proceeds of each ride are donated to the Prostate Cancer Fight Foundation.

One in seven men in Canada will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. Cancer does not just affect those individuals but also the people they love and those around them. The Watercraft Ride for Sight provides a way to help fight for a cure for prostate cancer to help those who are diagnosed and their friends and families while enjoying time together and having fun on the water. 

Come on out on Saturday to cool off and support a great cause. To pre-register, visit RideForDad.ca or email heather.ffmarina@yahoo.ca.


Featured Event - Fenelon Fair Returns This Weekend

This weekend, from July 19-21 enjoy the annual Fenelon Fair at the fairgrounds, brought to you by the Fenelon Agricultural Society.

This year’s fair is jam-packed with fun and features, including livestock shows, a truck and tractor pull, artist exhibits, midway exhibits, demolition derby, and more.

The fair promises fun for the whole family, so bring the kids to check out the petting zoo and the children’s pedal tractor pull.

Catch the Harry Peterson Band performing live on Saturday night and grab a refreshment from the Fenelon Falls Brewing Co.’s pop-up beer garden.

Check this week’s event flyer pack to see the full schedule of the fair and its features this weekend!

Featured Event - The Hunt for the Jewel of the Kawarthas

The Hunt for the Jewel of the Kawarthas, an immersive mystery adventure, launches this weekend on July 6th at 10 am and is available until September 1st, 2019.

This unique event is completely free to participate in and promises fun for families and participants of all age groups. The adventure begins at the Tourist Information Centre located at 15 Oak Street in Fenelon Falls, where participants can obtain their adventurer’s kit and their first clue. The mystery will lead adventurers to discover and learn more about our history, notable landmarks, and local businesses.

Marylee Boston, the Manager for the Fenelon Falls & District Chamber of Commerce, shares, “The Mystery Adventure is a great way to learn about the history of Fenelon Falls while enjoying time with family and friends of all ages. Visitors and locals are bound to learn something new about our little village.”

A prize will be given to those that solve the mystery, and adventurers are encouraged to use #FFMysteryAdventure on social media to share pictures and highlights from their adventures across town.

For more information about The Hunt for the Jewel of the Kawarthas, please contact the FFDCC by emailing hello@explorefenelonfalls.com or by calling (705) 887-3409.

Featured Event - Midnight Madness

One of Fenelon’s longest-running traditions is back on June 29th: it’s Midnight Madness!

From 7:00 pm - Midnight, lots of local shops will be open late with special sales and offers. Here is a sneak peek of just some of what you can expect for Midnight Madness in Fenelon this year:

  • The Corral is offering 25% off storewide (excluding swimwear and embroidery)

  • Visit Houghton Creek for their sidewalk sale, as well as in-store promotions up to 50% off

  • Your local health food store The Country Cupboard has supplements, cosmetics, and essential oils tax-free for Midnight Madness, as well as a sale table and tasty food samples

  • The Cow and Sow is offering various food and drink specials for Midnight Madness, as well as live music Saturday, Sunday, and Monday this weekend

  • Catch Trent Lakes Cheese Co. at the Kawartha Lakes Winery on Water Street for Midnight Madness

  • The wonderful group behind the restoration of the Fenelon Theatre Marquee will be set up inside of Grr8 Finds until 10:30 - stop by to check out their t-shirts and sweatshirts

  • Bert’s Appliances is celebrating their 50th Anniversary on June 29th this year, and they are doing Midnight Madness up right with a barbecue, cake, cookies, live music, giveaways, and in-store specials

  • Find your new fashions at The Kawartha Store where you can shop tax-free, check out their sale tables, and get “Double Jewel Rewards” for new and existing customers

  • Between 2 Lakes will have $2 off goat’s milk soap, yarn sales, as well as new products only available for Midnight Madness only.

  • Pop by the Fenelon Lakes Club to wet your whistle with some Fenelon Falls Brewing Co. beer: This VIP Brewmaster Pop-up event will run in 2 sessions (from 5-7 pm and from 8-10 pm), and tickets are $15 each. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Community Foundation of Kawartha Lakes. Or, pop by the brewery location at their outdoor booth to see what’s new and say hi!

Don’t miss this amazing event and opportunity to shop into the night for Midnight Madness in Fenelon Falls!

Canada Day in Fenelon Falls



CANADA DAY 2019 EVENT SCHEDULE



Maryboro Lodge - 

Fenelon Museum

Garnet Graham
Beach Park


10:00 am - Fun Zone Opens


1:00 pm - Free Kawartha Dairy Ice Cream at Maryboro Lodge


2:00 pm - Performance by The Fitzgerald’s, an International Fiddling and Step-Dancing Sensation


7:00 pm - Campfire, Open Mic, and Free Ice Cream at Maryboro Lodge


9:00 pm - Andrew Queen & The Campfire Crew Join the Fun


3:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Boots of Hazard Perform


3:30 pm - Opening Ceremonies


4:00 pm - Free Birthday Cake


10:15 pm - Fireworks to End the Day

 

The Fenelon Falls Bikeshare is providing free rental service all day so pick up your bike by the locks and check out all that town has to offer!

Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society Garden Tour

Submitted by Gail Henderson

The Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society is dedicated to the beautification of all community gardens within the Village of Fenelon Falls. We feature knowledgeable guest speakers at our monthly meetings, and provide a venue for home gardeners to share ideas and solutions.

This year, we are celebrating our 100th Anniversary – a huge achievement!  In honour of this anniversary, we have planned a number of special events throughout the year. 

On July 6th, we will be hosting an expansive Garden Tour. The tour runs from 10 am to 4 pm, is fully open to the public, and is self-guided. You can choose which of 11 private gardens you would like to visit; 5 of are located within Fenelon Falls, 3 are North-East of Fenelon, and 3 are West of Fenelon. You will also have an opportunity to visit all 9 of our beautiful community gardens.

SAVE THE DATE – This is a great chance to see what others are doing to create native and locally sustainable gardens, and to get some new ideas for yourself.

Passports are $15.00 per person, and include a light lunch, being served at St. James Anglican Church, 19 Bond Street East, Fenelon Falls. Passports will be available at St. James on the morning and early afternoon of July 6. They are currently available at The Book Lady, 24 Market Street, Fenelon Falls. You can call 705-887-3136 for further details, or to purchase a passport.

We hope you will be able to join us for this enjoyable day.