Submitted by Chris Van Lierop
It has truly been a year of art! I was sent an email the other day and asked to highlight some of the changes that Fenelon Falls has seen this year and so many of those changes have an artistic flair!
Most recently we saw the Fenelon Marquee turn its lights on; a wonderful restoration project that will light our way down Water street and the Trent Severn Waterway.
Earlier this year we saw the addition of decorative metal banners by Christina Handley on the bridge, welcoming visitors into town, and we also saw a lot of art programming happen this year in Fenelon: the Kawartha Yarn and Fibre Festival kicked off its first year with lineups to get in and is happening again this year; in addition to their robust new programs and events this summer, Maryboro Lodge: the Fenelon Museum opened its new play space where kids can play with toys and sketch to their heart's content.
The Colborne Street Gallery opened and exhibited ‘Cottages’ by Joan Horsfall Young, and the Kawartha Lakes Arts & Heritage Trail maps and signs popped up at many places throughout town showing tourists what culture in the Kawartha lakes is. This year, the Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show doubled attendance from the previous year, and for the first time included artist studios for 10 artists to showcase their work.
The Horticultural Society added a new rain garden to their mix of gardens throughout town and the colorful and fun splash pad opened at Garnet Graham Park to much fanfare. You may have also noticed the large triangular stones which have been erected in several spots about town - these stones will soon bear etchings with directional information, to help visitors find their way around.
It's been a great year for Fenelon Falls that has also included the addition of several new businesses helping to fill some empty storefronts, and a new "bike-share" system at Lock 34 that you can use to get around town.
I’m looking forward to next year where we will see the continued expansion of natural gas into Fenelon Falls by Enbridge, the introduction of a walking tour to downtown Fenelon Falls by Maryboro Lodge, and the 30th Anniversary of the Kawartha Arts Festival amongst many other exciting things to come.
With the election happening as I write this I’m reminded that we all get to cast our vote on who helps us continue to move forward and show our greatest side. We’re so thankful to the creativity we all bring to this wonderful town and the great businesses and volunteers who help make it the vibrant place it is.