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Upcoming Events: September Overview

There are lots of great events happening in Fenelon Falls over the next few weeks.

Here’s a helpful breakdown:

Fenelon Falls Farmers Market

The Fenelon Falls Farmers Market runs every Friday and Saturday until Thanksgiving weekend. Stop by Bond and John St between 11 am and 5 pm and support local farmers, artisans, and creatives.

Fenelon Falls Curling Club Member Registrations and Open House

Register for the 2019-2020 season on September 16th and 17th from 7-9 pm. The 16th is dedicated to current member registration, while the 17th is dedicated for new members. Share some time together, with a glass of wine and cheese, while you register for leagues and learn about our new interactive website.

The club is also offering a 25% discount for first time registratants - a great incentive to get started!

St. James Fall Fashion Show

St. James is hosting a Fall Fashion Show on September 19th, 2019 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Tickets are $20 and include lunch and dessert. Featuring fashions from Watson’s Village Shop, accessories for sale by The Corral, fall baskets, and music. Tickets can be purchased at Watson’s Village Shop and 10% of profits go towards breast cancer research.

Why Garden With Native Plants? with Paul Heydon

Join the Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society for an informative discussion about native plants and they are so beneficial to our local gardens.

Bake Sale for Habitat for Humanity

Fenelon Court is hosting a bake sale and lemonade/coffee stand out front of the building on Wednesday Sept. 25th from 8 am-12 pm. Drop by and pick up some delicious home baked goods all for a good cause!

3rd Annual Fall VCCS Job Fair

Looking for a new job? You’re invited to the 3rd Annual Fall VCCS Job Fair, taking place on September 25th between 12:30 and 3:30 pm. For more information, contact Kate at or call 705-328-0180.

Seniors Bingo

The Senior Citizens Club of Fenelon Falls is hosting their regular Seniors Bingo night on September 26th. Doors open at 5 pm, bingo starts at 6:30 pm. Enjoy good prize money and player friendly games.

Men’s Fellowship Breakfast

Fenelon Falls Salvation Army is hosting a Men’s Fellowship Breakfast on September 28th from 9 to 10:30 am. There is no charge for breakfast and a special guest will be attending.

Victoria County Studio Tour

The Victoria County Studio Tour returns! The studio tour occurs September 29-29th (and October 5-6th). Meet our local artists, ask questions about and browse their art, and enter into a draw to win a $200 gift certificate that can be used at any Victoria County Studio Tour venue. 10 am to 5 pm both days.

Community NewsMegan Barton
Explore the history of communications with Doors Open Kawartha Lakes on September 8

Kawartha Lakes - On September 8 2019, Doors Open Kawartha Lakes returns with ten brand new sites along with returning favourites to celebrate the importance of communications in our lives. 

From 10am to 4pm, you can visit 14 sites across the municipality and explore the history and current tools businesses across Kawartha Lakes use to communicate.

Participating locations include:

91.9 BOB FM

Alex Paton’s Telegraphy School

Blewett Printing

Fenelon Falls Generating Station

Fenelon Station Gallery

Kinmount Railway Station and Museum

Lindsay Daily Post

Lock 32

Lock 34

Manila Church Guest House and B&B

Manila Library

Maryboro Lodge – The Fenelon Museum

North Valentia Schoolhouse

Rotary Trail Telegraph Poles

Communications has evolved over the years and this event allows residents and visitors to witness the history of its development. From reading and writing in a one-room schoolhouse, to sending telegrams over the wire, to looking at the printed word that travelled over rail and water, our forebears laid a path for communication that we still use today.

The event is free and open to all. For more information, visit their website or contact the Doors Open Ontario Committee at 705-324-3404.

100th Anniversary of Horticultural Society

“Gardening adds years to your life and life to your years.” - unknown 

There must be some truth to this quote because 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society. On August 26th, the FFHS gathered to rejoice in this very significant milestone. There were speeches and presentations from MPP Laurie Scott, CKL Mayor Andy Letham, and Deputy Mayor Doug Elmslie. MP Jamie Schmale sent his congratulations but was unable to attend. The honoured guests presented official certificates to commemorate the anniversary. The party concluded with Kawartha Dairy ice cream donated by Slices N’ Scoops and cupcakes donated by Maryboro Lodge. 

Taken by Dan Burnie. Click to view larger.

Current FFHS President Kathy Armstrong summed up the society’s 100th year, in part, with these comments; 

This has been a tremendous year. We started our 100-year celebration with a return to the Santa Day parade … and were second place winners. In May, the Spring into Gardening Plant sale was a huge success even with the rain. In July, we had a delightful public garden tour. Plus, our regularly monthly meetings have been very interesting. 

We have undertaken new gardening projects. The Rain Garden near the museum is doing its job of filtering runoff plus looking very colourful with native plants and grasses in bloom. The Terrace Garden now has new stairs and railings. 

The club has had its ups and downs over the years but still carries on. Membership is now over 100. We are wrapping up our anniversary year by hosting all 17 societies in our district of the Ontario Horticultural Association … and Paul Zammit from the Toronto Botanical Gardens will be the keynote speaker. 

As part of the year long celebrations, Janet Scott, a FFHS member spent countless hours researching and writing a history of the club: how the members and activities are woven through the fabric of Fenelon Falls itself. Over the past 10 decades the village of Fenelon Falls and its gardeners have faced the challenges of war, unemployment, and drought, but through it all they found solace in their gardens. Their love of gardening extended well beyond their own patch of soil and into their beloved village. During difficult times they sought to bring joy and hope through the simple beauty of plants, trees and flowers. Throughout the village you’ll find numerous flower beds and installations that have been years in the making. So, next time you walk downtown, along the locks, to the museum or the beach park take time to stop and enjoy this 100 year labour of love. 

Thank you to the many past and current FFHS members who don’t mind getting a little dirty, giving of their time, talents and energy to make Fenelon Falls a picturesque place to live.

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!

Public Art Opportunity: Rain Garden, Fenelon Falls

Submitted by Darcie Kennedy

The Fenelon Arts Committee (FAC) invites expressions of interest from artists or teams of artists to design and install two sculptures to be mounted on large limestone bases at the Rain Garden, south of Maryboro Lodge: The Fenelon Museum. This opportunity is open to artists and artist teams with a connection to the Kawarthas.

The works should provide an engaging visual art aesthetic that is visible from all perspectives. The works should consider the context and character of the area: as the Oak Street Conservation District, the Indigenous use of the location as a portage and gathering place, the historical development of Fenelon Falls, or the natural heritage of the region and waterway. The budget for each sculpture is up to $25,000. All proposals must be inclusive of total costs.

Initial Submissions to be received by September 30, 2019. For further information and call for submission details, please visit

Established in 2018, the Fenelon Arts Committee identifies opportunities for artists, strategizes on arts initiatives, and works to increase public access and engagement with art in the village of Fenelon Falls. The committee is made up of dedicated residents who share a common vision and passion for art and their community.

All inquiries should be directed to:
Fenelon Arts Committee
Attention: Darcie Kennedy

The Corral Prepares to Move to May Street

Your friends at The Corral have some big news: they are preparing for a short move down the way to a new location on May Street!

To prepare for the move they are having a storewide sale in their current location on Francis Street: 25% off all merchandise, excluding swimwear and embroidery work.

Their Francis Street location is currently for sale and provides lots of opportunity for a local business, with 5500 square feet of space and a commercial kitchen.

Drop by The Corral to take advantage of their 25% off sales and take a look at the building that is available in the heart of Fenelon Falls.

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.