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!