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Beat The Heat and Prostate Cancer at the 2019 Telus Watercraft Ride for Dad

Submitted by Michael Robson

Summer is in full swing and it has been hot here in Fenelon Falls. The sun and humidity have been perfect weather for water fun and this weekend, there is an event that helps you cool off and contribute to a good cause. 

This Saturday, the Fenelon Falls Marina will be hosting the 2019 Telus Watercraft Ride for Dad. The event will start at 1 pm at Fenelon Falls Marina and will take participants on a scavenger hunt on Cameron and Sturgeon Lakes. All pleasure craft are welcome and encouraged to join in the hunt. Upon completing the hunt, families may return to the Marina by 4 pm for a chance to win great prizes and enjoy dinner together at 5 pm.

Ride for Dad is a national mission to help end prostate cancer by supporting research and raising awareness. All across Canada, people are fundraising and participating in rides on ATVs, Motorcycles, Snowmobiles, and Watercraft. The proceeds of each ride are donated to the Prostate Cancer Fight Foundation.

One in seven men in Canada will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. Cancer does not just affect those individuals but also the people they love and those around them. The Watercraft Ride for Sight provides a way to help fight for a cure for prostate cancer to help those who are diagnosed and their friends and families while enjoying time together and having fun on the water. 

Come on out on Saturday to cool off and support a great cause. To pre-register, visit RideForDad.ca or email heather.ffmarina@yahoo.ca.


Featured Event - Fenelon Fair Returns This Weekend

This weekend, from July 19-21 enjoy the annual Fenelon Fair at the fairgrounds, brought to you by the Fenelon Agricultural Society.

This year’s fair is jam-packed with fun and features, including livestock shows, a truck and tractor pull, artist exhibits, midway exhibits, demolition derby, and more.

The fair promises fun for the whole family, so bring the kids to check out the petting zoo and the children’s pedal tractor pull.

Catch the Harry Peterson Band performing live on Saturday night and grab a refreshment from the Fenelon Falls Brewing Co.’s pop-up beer garden.

Check this week’s event flyer pack to see the full schedule of the fair and its features this weekend!

Welcome to Fenelon Falls!

Submitted by Marylee Boston

Fenelon Falls is a destination for day trippers, cottagers and local tourists alike and sometimes they need a little help making the most of their visit. The goal of the summer Tourism Ambassador program is to welcome, inform, direct and have fun with visitors so their time here is memorable and those great memories that will bring them back time and again. 

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The Tourism Ambassador program launched in the summer of 2018 with only two Ambassadors. Last summer was a success and showed that there was opportunity to expand and grow the concept so this summer there are 5 Tourism Ambassadors! The TA’s are local students who bring their own experience, enthusiasm, tech smarts and hometown knowledge to the job. You will see them all around downtown Fenelon Falls, at the museum, the beach park, and the locks in their bright blue uniforms. They are also helping the Horticulture Society volunteers take care of the many beautiful gardens in the village. 

Whether you have family coming to visit, you’re a long time cottager, or a local; the Tourism Ambassadors can help you find restaurants, accommodations, attractions and event information. They can also be convinced to give clues to help you solve our summer Mystery Adventure - The Hunt for the Jewel of the Kawarthas. Their home base is the Tourist Info Centre on Oak Street in Fenelon Falls. The Chamber of Commerce is excited to promote Fenelon Falls and area with the help of our Tourism Ambassadors. Please say hello when you see them around town.

Community Volunteers for a Community Event

Submitted by Beverly Jeeves

The long weekend and Simcoe Day are fast approaching in Fenelon Falls. Last year over 4,000 people attended events on Trent Severn Island, Water Street, the Fenelon Museum and the Fenelon Falls & District Lions Club’s Car & Truck Show.

Fenelon Live is looking for volunteers for Friday, August 2nd and Saturday, August 3rd for FOUR-HOUR shifts. This is a great opportunity for families, youth groups, soccer teams, hockey teams, individuals and organizations to support community projects and build community spirit!

This year the Simcoe Day Steering Committee has planned in honour of the U.N. Year of Indigenous Languages three exhibits representing the Anishnaabeg nation. The Fleming College Varsity Lumberjack team will have various displays in woodcarving, axe throwing, and pole rolling. The “Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada” will again have an 1812 encampment that will operate and be set up at Lock 34 TSW Island. 1812 Overture.”  This year we have interactive activities along Water Street and our local library sharing Fenelon Falls history through storytelling, song and interactive displays.

Feel free to contact me at 905-431-5394 or at GBJeeves@bell.net for more information.

Beverly Jeeves, Chair

Simcoe Days 2019


Groundbreaking Ceremony for a Seniors’ Play Park in Fenelon Falls

Submitted by Mike Perry

Fenelon Falls – On Thursday morning, the Hon. Laurie Scott, MPP participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for Ontario’s first Seniors’ Play Park, which is about to be built in Fenelon Falls. Thanks to the City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team receiving a $121,600 Capital grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation earlier this year, the park is on its way to becoming a reality.

“I am pleased that the City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team has been awarded a $121,600 grant to build the first Play Park in Fenelon Falls,” said MPP Scott. “By providing a free and accessible recreational space for seniors, this is an investment in the promotion of social and active lifestyles.” – Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock

The creation of a Seniors' Play Park for Fenelon Falls is the initiative of local resident Penni Holdham. The basic idea behind designing outdoor gyms and play areas for older adults or those with mobility challenges is to help improve people’s overall health and fitness and reduce isolation. The park, located at the Lloyd Kelly Parkette behind the Red Apple, will provide 24/7 outdoor space with activity stations that have no barriers to access. 

"We are very proud to deliver the first Seniors' Play Park in our area, generously funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation,” said Penni Holdham.  

The most recent population data available indicates that 50 per cent of people living in Fenelon Falls are over 55 years of age. Seniors Play Parks are designed for older adults looking to safely maintain their flexibility, agility and mobility through use of low-impact equipment geared for gentle exercise while enjoying time with friends. It’s expected that the park will be an outdoor recreational space where seniors can engage in a range of stretching and balancing activities using the onsite, fun and easy-to-use activity stations. There will be no fees or set hours to use the park and all activities are self-guided.

“We are pleased to help provide opportunities for local seniors to stay active and socialize,” said Mike Perry, Executive Director of the City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team. “There are great health – and health care cost savings – benefits to keeping active and this kind of park really has great potential.”

The City of Kawartha Lakes municipality approved the park to be used for this purpose and will be taking care of its maintenance for the coming years. The park is scheduled to open this fall.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded more than $108 million to some 629 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.  For more information, please visit: www.otf.ca

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Photo 1: (L-R) Construction Team Liam Brierley & Kevin Strybosch; Mike Perry, Executive Director, City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team; Penni Holdham, Fenelon Resident/Project Manager; Mike Barkwell, Vice-President, Fenelon Seniors’ Club; The Hon. Laurie Scott, MPP; Deputy-Mayor Doug Elmslie (Councillor Ward 3).

Media Contact:                       

Mike Perry, Executive Director      

City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team

55 Angeline St. North, Lindsay, ON, K9V 5B7

Ph: 705-328-9853 

Featured Event - The Hunt for the Jewel of the Kawarthas

The Hunt for the Jewel of the Kawarthas, an immersive mystery adventure, launches this weekend on July 6th at 10 am and is available until September 1st, 2019.

This unique event is completely free to participate in and promises fun for families and participants of all age groups. The adventure begins at the Tourist Information Centre located at 15 Oak Street in Fenelon Falls, where participants can obtain their adventurer’s kit and their first clue. The mystery will lead adventurers to discover and learn more about our history, notable landmarks, and local businesses.

Marylee Boston, the Manager for the Fenelon Falls & District Chamber of Commerce, shares, “The Mystery Adventure is a great way to learn about the history of Fenelon Falls while enjoying time with family and friends of all ages. Visitors and locals are bound to learn something new about our little village.”

A prize will be given to those that solve the mystery, and adventurers are encouraged to use #FFMysteryAdventure on social media to share pictures and highlights from their adventures across town.

For more information about The Hunt for the Jewel of the Kawarthas, please contact the FFDCC by emailing hello@explorefenelonfalls.com or by calling (705) 887-3409.

Featured Event - Midnight Madness

One of Fenelon’s longest-running traditions is back on June 29th: it’s Midnight Madness!

From 7:00 pm - Midnight, lots of local shops will be open late with special sales and offers. Here is a sneak peek of just some of what you can expect for Midnight Madness in Fenelon this year:

  • The Corral is offering 25% off storewide (excluding swimwear and embroidery)

  • Visit Houghton Creek for their sidewalk sale, as well as in-store promotions up to 50% off

  • Your local health food store The Country Cupboard has supplements, cosmetics, and essential oils tax-free for Midnight Madness, as well as a sale table and tasty food samples

  • The Cow and Sow is offering various food and drink specials for Midnight Madness, as well as live music Saturday, Sunday, and Monday this weekend

  • Catch Trent Lakes Cheese Co. at the Kawartha Lakes Winery on Water Street for Midnight Madness

  • The wonderful group behind the restoration of the Fenelon Theatre Marquee will be set up inside of Grr8 Finds until 10:30 - stop by to check out their t-shirts and sweatshirts

  • Bert’s Appliances is celebrating their 50th Anniversary on June 29th this year, and they are doing Midnight Madness up right with a barbecue, cake, cookies, live music, giveaways, and in-store specials

  • Find your new fashions at The Kawartha Store where you can shop tax-free, check out their sale tables, and get “Double Jewel Rewards” for new and existing customers

  • Between 2 Lakes will have $2 off goat’s milk soap, yarn sales, as well as new products only available for Midnight Madness only.

  • Pop by the Fenelon Lakes Club to wet your whistle with some Fenelon Falls Brewing Co. beer: This VIP Brewmaster Pop-up event will run in 2 sessions (from 5-7 pm and from 8-10 pm), and tickets are $15 each. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Community Foundation of Kawartha Lakes. Or, pop by the brewery location at their outdoor booth to see what’s new and say hi!

Don’t miss this amazing event and opportunity to shop into the night for Midnight Madness in Fenelon Falls!

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!

Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society Garden Tour

Submitted by Gail Henderson

The Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society is dedicated to the beautification of all community gardens within the Village of Fenelon Falls. We feature knowledgeable guest speakers at our monthly meetings, and provide a venue for home gardeners to share ideas and solutions.

This year, we are celebrating our 100th Anniversary – a huge achievement!  In honour of this anniversary, we have planned a number of special events throughout the year. 

On July 6th, we will be hosting an expansive Garden Tour. The tour runs from 10 am to 4 pm, is fully open to the public, and is self-guided. You can choose which of 11 private gardens you would like to visit; 5 of are located within Fenelon Falls, 3 are North-East of Fenelon, and 3 are West of Fenelon. You will also have an opportunity to visit all 9 of our beautiful community gardens.

SAVE THE DATE – This is a great chance to see what others are doing to create native and locally sustainable gardens, and to get some new ideas for yourself.

Passports are $15.00 per person, and include a light lunch, being served at St. James Anglican Church, 19 Bond Street East, Fenelon Falls. Passports will be available at St. James on the morning and early afternoon of July 6. They are currently available at The Book Lady, 24 Market Street, Fenelon Falls. You can call 705-887-3136 for further details, or to purchase a passport.

We hope you will be able to join us for this enjoyable day.

Kawartha Shortbread Grand Opening

Kawartha Shortbread has recently expanded into a full time business, which opened its doors at 41 Lindsay Street, Fenelon Falls on May 7th. We are holding our Grand Opening on Saturday June 22nd from 10:00am until 4:00pm and we are excited to announce that there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony around 11:00 with the Mayor of the City of Kawartha Lakes, Andy Letham.

There will also be entertainment throughout the day to celebrate the occasion, as well as cookie decorating (for children and adults), giveaways, and menu samples (while supplies last!). We will be open for drinks and baked goods: award winning butter tarts, various flavours of shortbread, and squares. Note that during our grand opening, our regular menu is suspended in order to supply more treats and show our customers how much we appreciate them.

Hope to see you at the Grand Opening for the new Kawartha Shortbread location!