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A Day in Fenelon Falls

Start the day with a peaceful walk or bike ride along the scenic Victoria Rail Trail. Afterwards, head back into town for breakfast by grabbing a bacon sandwich at The Little Pie Shack. Do not forget stop by the Fenelon Museum and check out their daily community based programming and learn about the history of Fenelon Falls. Just beside the museum is the splash pad and Garnet Graham Beach Park, a great spot for young and old alike to visit. 

After cooling off go into town for lunch at one of Fenelon’s amazing lunch places, such as the famous Slices N’ Scoops. Once you finish your meal go down and take a look at the gorgeous falls and check out local artists at Colborne Street Gallery or Fenelon Station Gallery. Having worked up a small appetite while viewing beautiful art, natural and man-made pieces, check out the Farmers Market and grab yourself a nice snack from one of the many vendors. 

Following a quick bite to eat, head over from the market to our picturesque downtown where you’ll find unique, local and Canadian made goods at many of  our shops. A Tourism Ambassador recommendation is Grr8 Finds on Colborne Street. For the second last stop, why not head down to Murphy’s Lockside Pub & Patio for some Irish inspired pub food for dinner. Then take a final quick stop across the street to take a picture with the beloved Fenelon Theatre marquee.


Seniors Play Park - Pilot Project

Submitted by Penni Holdham

On Monday August 26 at 6:30 pm, the brand new Seniors Play Park at Lloyd Kelly Parkette, 16 Francis St E in Fenelon Falls will be opening!

We would love you to join us at this event celebrating one of the first Senior’s Play Parks in Canada.

Our ground-breaking ceremony was held in early July and we have really knuckled down to get this install completed along with restoration work of the grass in the general Park setting.

There are so many people who came together to help bring this to reality!

Special nod out to Ormels – for providing tons of A-Grade Gravel and to Young’s Construction for the 5 Yards of Top Soil used to restore the grassy areas!

Many made light of the earth-work as Kathy Armstrong came out with her Horticultural Friends who knew exactly what to do!

Shout out to Laurie, Dale, Peter, Linda and Cindy who all helped at various points in our landscape restoration and construction!

Our Deputy Mayor Doug Elmslie worked with me from the beginning to seek the perfect ‘space’ for this unique installation. He has been a great supporter through-out the development of this project and made the motion at council to support this initiative over a year ago! Our staff at City Hall have been instrumental in supporting and providing contacts for different aspects of construction and manufacture.

Special Thanks to Sandra Barrett who hosted our Community Meeting about this idea back in August of 2018 where 18 people representing various Seniors interests in the community joined in support. This group collectively reviewed five Site options and selected Lloyd Kelly Parkette as the optimum location for this activity! In working at the site over the past month, I have enjoyed to feel the breezes and hear the sounds of the waterfalls under a wonderful blend of sun and shade through-out the day!

Kevin Stybosch of Hoek Van Holland has been the best to work with as he handled the overall excavation and construction of the foundation and ground prep for the Rubber surfacing! Kevin has also provided wise advice and gone above and beyond to help me make this park a lovely space for Seniors to simply hang out in!

Another shout out to amazingly active seniors Mike and Ed who helped with the cement pour for the concrete pad spreading cement and levelling off this large pad!

Gary Sedore provided much needed water for the rubber surface install and to aid in settling of the sand in the Walking Path.

Thanks to Dan at Home Hardware for lending us his personal Generator as we needed it over a few weekends and this generosity saved us lots of dollars in rentals- not to mention that his wee machine was much lighter to handle for us ‘getting there’ in age folks!

Please share this out to your friends and come on down on Monday August 26 at 6:30 pm to check out our achievement and to try it out at our grand opening!

On a personal note, thanks for your support over these past two years as I have been working on bringing this kind of installation to Fenelon Falls. I sincerely hope this will be of interest to many other communities now that we can show what this kind of space for seniors can be like! and... most importantly, your comments, thoughts, and suggestions will help make spaces for seniors viable and available in every community in our region and beyond.

Besides creating a great space for our Seniors here in Fenelon Falls, a point of interest.... Over 2000 Car Tires were recycled to create the Rubber Ground surface seen at our site!

Please call me if you have any Questions or want to realize this kind of thing in your own immediate community! This first Pilot was funded completely by the Ontario Trillium Foundation!

I look forward to seeing you at our Celebration next Monday!

TA Takeover - Fenelon Museum Artifacts

The 151 Year Old Piano

When you enter through the doors or simply walk by the museum, you may hear the music of a 151 year old piano being played by Don Deathe or more recently, one of the Tourism Ambassadors. The piano was shipped on a barge and arrived in 1870 as the first piano in Fenelon Falls. The square shaped piano is unique because it’s strings are horizontal to the keys rather than vertical like most pianos, which saves a lot of space.

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Pioneer Schoolhouse

Maryboro Lodge works hard to make their museum a unique and interesting spot to visit. Featuring many different exhibits, the Fenelon Museum has something for everyone; my personal favourite being the pioneer schoolhouse. During the summer months, the schoolhouse is open 10am-5pm, with a teacher popping by every so often to teach lessons to the kids in subjects like math, handwriting, and art. The museum does a great job of making the pioneer school experience very authentic; the kids write on chalkboards, the teacher is dressed in period costume, and there are real pioneer recess games! Take your kids back in time with a visit to Maryboro Lodge: The Fenelon Museum.

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Monarch Butterfly Release - An Event to Remember

This summer the wonderful staff at Maryboro Lodge - Fenelon Museum have put together a wonderful home for Monarch caterpillars to grow into their cocoons. Located in the school house, a box on the wall houses nine caterpillars transforming into beautiful pollinating butterflies. The Monarch butterflies are set to be released on September 7th at an event commemorating loved ones. You can participate in this incredible event by purchasing a locally raised butterfly to be released for $25. Proceeds help support the community based programing at Maryboro Lodge.

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The Fenelon Theatre Projector - A Moving Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

The Maryboro Lodge holds an attraction near and dear to the hearts of the denizens of Fenelon Falls, a projector once used to display countless moving pictures at the old movie theatre. This model C projector from the Century Projector Company once provided the entire village with entertainment and the joy of being given the oppritunity to see one of the once rare films. As home television grew ever more popular as the years went on, however, the theatre had a declining number of movie-goers to cater to. In the years following, the building that once housed this projector fell into disrepair and was finally demolished in 2016. Despite this, the memory of the theatre lives on, not only in the fond memories of many locals and with the Fenelon Marquee outside the Tourism Office, but on the second floor of the village’s museum.

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Thank You Tourism Ambassadors!

This week our intrepid Tourism Ambassadors are wrapping up their tenure in town.

You’ve probably seen them around in their bright blue shirts giving people directions, promoting local businesses, spreading the word about local attractions and events, and helping the Horticultural Society with public garden maintenance. A few times I even saw them collecting litter in Garnet Graham Park!

The Tourism Ambassadors are leaving us with a few more goodies - stay tuned for the “TA Takeover” of the Town Crier newsletter next week, and keep playing along with the Puzzlers at the end of the Town Crier.

But for now, we’d like to say a special Thank You to the Tourism Ambassadors for their efforts around Fenelon Falls this summer. If you see one of them in their bright blue shirts tomorrow, feel free to say thanks and best wishes!

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

Pop-Up Fun at the Barn and Bunkie

On Saturday this weekend be sure to drop by the Barn and Bunkie to check out the two fun pop-up shops being hosted there:

Pink Lemon Decor will be setting up shop and bringing a pink trailer full of goodies. Known as “Durham region’s first mobile boutique,” Amber and her trailer will be setting up shop in Fenelon at the Barn and Bunkie on Saturday from 10:00 - 4:00.

A best-selling supplier for the Barn and Bunkie, Stoney Lake Textiles will also be joining the pop-up madness on Saturday with hand sewn goodies and bags to match all designs and colour palettes.

This Saturday, shop local in Fenelon Falls and be sure to make your way to 7 May to check out the two great pop-up shops happening at the Barn and Bunkie.

[Media Feature] Simcoe Days in Fenelon Falls are back

Written by Niki Anastasakis for Global News

There was no shortage of things to see and do at the second annual Simcoe Days celebrations in Fenelon Falls this weekend.

The mid-summer event was created by long-time community member Bob Pennock. The idea is to educate people about how Fenelon Falls was settled and about the important influence of John Graves Simcoe on Canada’s history. Simcoe was a British army general and was named first lieutenant-governor of Ontario in 1791.

“We wanted to be able to give Water Street and the town an area where community groups could come and have a platform and they come and sell their wares, and tell their stories, and it would be free,” said Beverly Jeeves, chair of Simcoe Days.

This year’s celebration is being held in honour of Pennock. He passed away in April at age 83.

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!