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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

Fresh Ingredients for Fenelon Food Bank - The History and Accomplishments of Fenelon's Victory Garden

Submitted by Alex Tan

After last years successful harvest consisting of hundreds of pounds of fresh produce donated to the Salvation Army’s food bank the Fenelon Falls Horticulture Society are gearing up for round two. The Victory Garden is located at 50 Oak Street in Fenelon Falls, right on the north side of the historic Maryboro Lodge - Fenelon Museum. The garden consists of ten elevated planters that grow a plethora of herbs, fruits and vegetables. From butternut squash to dill, the garden grows over 20 edible species of plant. 

Below is the Victory Garden at the beginning of summer followed by a picture just a month later. 

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As I talked to the organizers and community leaders working on this amazing project I learned a little bit about the history of Victory Gardens and how that vision has been scoped to tackle modern issues. 

First a bit of context. The term victory garden was first used to describe the mobilization of Canadians as they used rooftop gardens, planter boxes and a converted flower gardens to grow food to feed the brave Canadians and their allies fighting in WWI. It was seen as a leisurely way to be patriotic on the home front. This grassroots movement supplied food for the war effort while boosting moral across the country. This practice continued through the Great Depression and found a resurgence in WWII.

The spirit of victory gardens pushed everyday Canadians to turn their rooftops, vacant lots and balconies into a force for positive change. Today, Fenelon’s Victory Garden is taking on another war. The fight against hunger is being attacked head on as members of the Horticulture Society harvest pounds of fresh produce for the food bank. The Salvation Army receives 3 to 4 kgs of food each week and that number grows every week. If you wish to get involved with this amazing project, you can visit the Fenelon Falls Horticulture Society on Facebook or visit their website backyardbuzz.ca

The food bank would also like to thank the many individuals, other community gardens and local businesses that are so generous in donating fresh produce.

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!

Featured Event - Spring into Gardening Plant Sale

The Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society invites you to their Spring into Gardening Plant Sale on Saturday, May 25th, from 10 am to 4 pm. The sale is being hosted Maryboro Lodge: The Fenelon Museum at 50 Oak Street. Highlights include local plants, gardening books, heirloom tomato seedlings, food vendors, tool sharpening, glass flowers, garden themed arts, crafts, and more! All are welcome.

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Thanks for the Meal

Submitted by Judy Kennedy

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Over the past summer, several groups in our community grew and donated fresh produce to the Salvation Army’s local food bank. We would like to acknowledge and thank the following groups: the Maryboro Lodge museum’s “Victory Garden” which was created and managed by members of the Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society, students from Langton Public School’s “Green Team,” and students from Fenelon Falls Secondary School led by teacher Colleen Carew, as well as many individual members of our community contributed to this bounty of fresh produce for our food bank.

We asked the recipients of the fresh produce from the food bank to jot down their comments about how much they enjoyed the fresh veggies, and here’s what some of them wrote: 

So, to all of you who helped with donations of funding for building supplies to build the gardens, seeds and plants, and your labour to harvest the produce that helped put food on the tables of those who needed a helping hand to feed their families, a huge “Thank You.” Your work and your donations were gratefully received and appreciated by those less fortunate, who enjoyed the fruits of your labour. 

For some, hunger is a constant problem and there are some simple ways that you can help. Then next time you go to the grocery store, buy a few extra items and either drop them into the food bank barrel as you leave the store, or take them to your local food bank. 

When you are planting your veggie garden next spring, why not plant and grow an extra row of veggies to give to the food bank. I know that on many occasions, I tend to plant more than I need and it all seems to mature at the same time, which allows me to share some of my garden abundance with those who need and will enjoy it. 

You, or someone you know, may also have one or more fruit trees, or a big patch of rhubarb that produces far more than you or they can possibly eat or freeze. Please don’t let it go to waste. Our local food bank would be a great place to share it with.


Merry Christmas to all of you and a prosperous, caring and sharing New Year. Be kind to one another.

Sincerely,

Judy Kennedy 

On behalf of the Salvation Army Food Bank, Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society and Maryboro Lodge, Fenelon Falls Museum

Lest We Forget

Submitted by Sharon Johnson

Barbara Dunn-Prosser and Don Deathe will be performing their local WW1 period play, Lest We Forget, at Fenelon Falls United Church on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 2pm. The script is based on actual people, events, letters and poems that were mentioned or appeared in the local newspaper, The Fenelon Falls Gazette, from 1915 to 1918.

The First World War was a world changing event. This Remembrance Day marks 100 years since Armistice Day, the end of WW1. “The show commemorates not only what happened to thousands of young men from small villages during this tremendous fight, but also the mothers and sweethearts who supported them with continuous hope, determination and the everlasting promise to 'keep the home fires burning',” says Lest We Forget writer and performer by Barbara Dunn-Prosser.

Soloist Barbara Dunn-Prosser will be accompanied by pianist Don Deathe in a selection of popular music written primarily by Canadian composers of the period. Barbara and Don will be wearing costumes from the wardrobe archives of the Stratford Festival.

Guy Scott, author of Where Duty Leads: Waving Off the 109th, will introduce the event.

Maryboro Lodge: The Fenelon Museum is offering this performance by donation.

A Year of Art in Fenelon

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.

Allen Wood Play Space Grand Opening at Maryboro Lodge

Submitted by Sharon Walker

Last weekend, Maryboro Lodge hosted the grand opening of the Allen Wood Play Space. The opening event was a huge success and we hope to see you and your little ones at the museum to enjoy the Play Space soon!

On Saturday, grand opening attendees were treated to the following speech from Kawartha Heritage President Jenny Crawford:

I would like to thank everyone for joining us to celebrate the Kawarthas' heritage of toy manufacturing. Crayola, the Yip Stick, Kawartha Dairy, Tinkertoys and Allen Wood Products--our region has done so much to make childhoods special.

For a generation, Allen Wood Products was a pillar of this community, and throughout this project I have been surprised by how many people have fond memories of the company. Manufacturing a great variety of toys, including the tinkertoy, pounding benches, croquet, bowling, ring toss and bead action figures to name a few, Allen Wood defined the experience of childhood in the 1950s and 1960s, something we now have the pleasure of recreating for today's youth.

As the president of a historical society, it is always special when we can help bring history to life. Even during construction, the community response to this Play Space has been remarkable. It has been a wonderful thing to hear all the joyful noises coming from this room over the summer.

I would like to thank everyone who contributed to make today a success. Doug Elmslie was a tireless advocate for this project. Without him, there are many obstacles it never would have cleared. The Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Development Corporation, the Eastern Ontario Development Program and City of Kawartha Lakes provided necessary funding. Without the support of the Development Corporation, none of this would have been possible. We would also like to thank our numerous sponsors including Fenelon Falls Home Hardware, Kawartha Dairy, Bob Mark New Holland, Tradewind Toys, BRIO, Memory Lane Motors and the Fenelon Falls and District Lions Club. Many volunteers made huge contributions to this project, particularly Will Bowyer, Judy Kennedy and Robbie Preston. I would especially like to thank Glenn Walker for his vision for this project and his tireless efforts to build many of the items that are now in this room. His imagination has become reality and children are reaping the benefits of his efforts.

Fenelon Falls' waterfront core has come a long way in recent years. From the rebirth of the park, the renovation of the museum, the new splashpad, the restored theatre marquee, and now this first step towards children's activities at the museum. It's hard to think what this place looked like not so long ago. Our community is laying the groundwork for becoming a destination for families.

Without further ado, I would like to call on Bob Allen to cut the ribbon and open: The Allen Wood Play Space!

Fenelon Theatre Marquee Recap

Submitted by Dana Deathe

Last Saturday evening, a sizable crowd came out to celebrate and watch as the restored and refurbished Fenelon Theatre Marquee sign was lit up for the first time in its new location on Oak Street.

The event drew many cheers when the switch was finally flipped, and brought on nostalgia for anyone who spent time going to the movies at the old Fenelon Theatre.

Following the event, guests were treated to refreshments and a silent auction at Maryboro Lodge - The Fenelon Museum. Many thanks and congratulations to the committee of hardworking volunteers who took on this project and gave a new life to the Marquee sign and a new landmark for the town of Fenelon Falls!

 
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Restored Fenelon Marquee To Officially Light Up September 29th

Submitted by Films by the Falls

Community event organized to commemorate the official unveiling and lighting up of the Fenelon Theatre Marquee and to celebrate the years long adventure to restore and relocate this historic landmark of Fenelon Falls, Ontario.

The journey from Colborne to Oak Street for the Fenelon Theatre Marquee was not a leisurely stroll down Francis and May Streets to its new location outside the Chamber of Commerce Tourism and Visitors Centre. To help guide the way a group of volunteers, craftsmen, supporters, visionaries and believers from the community of Fenelon Falls and surrounding Kawartha Lakes area, embarked on the task to restore the sign that had been donated back to the community by property owner Steve Gibson when the Fenelon Theatre was demolished in November 2016.

The official unveiling and lighting up ceremony of the newly restored Fenelon Theatre Marquee will be held on Saturday SEPTEMBER 29th at 7:30pm. The lights will be turned on shortly after dusk. There will be a reception following the ceremony at the Maryboro Lodge (the Fenelon Museum), which will be open for this special evening event. In the spirit of the movies that once flicked by the falls, we invite everyone to come dressed up as a glamorous version of themselves or their favourite movie star and to really get into glitzy mood of the evening. Plan to celebrate with good cheer, a silent auction and many stories and recollections of days gone by. Refreshments will be served and all the exhibits of the Museum will be open to peruse, including the original projector from the old theatre.

The Theatre Marquee Restoration Group officially formed in the fall of 2016. Many businesses and individuals came together to make this project a success. Funding came from the Legacy C.H.E.S.T. Fund, Powerlinks, the 50/50 Community Project Capital Funding Initiative and the Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Development Corporation’s (CFDC) / FedDev Ontario’s Eastern Ontario Development Program (EODP) and many personal donations from the community. There was an overwhelming response to the group’s fundraising efforts from both the community and local businesses and organizations such as the Fenelon Museum, Fenelon Falls & District Chamber of Commerce and Kawartha Lakes Film Circuit/Films by the Falls.

While the brick building may be gone, Fenelon Theatre Marquee will once again light up the town whose name it bears bright. Join in celebrating the official switch of the lights to ON! and help to welcome an old landmark to a new landscape.

Event Details:

Saturday, September 29, 2018

7:30 pm Ceremony at Fenelon Marquee, 15 Oak St., Fenelon Falls, Ontario

Reception to follow at Fenelon Museum, 50 Oak St., Fenelon Falls, Ontario

Facebook Event Link: www.facebook.com/events/302933533597168/