Goderich had their annual Children’s Festival this past Saturday, June 29, from 10 am-3 pm, at the Goderich Memorial Arena. There was so much to do. I have small children, so I loved that there were activities for all ages. I enjoyed seeing various local businesses and community members get involved by volunteering or having booths, centres or activities. We stopped to play at the B.U.S Toy station, Fincher’s Toy tent and made a bunny using soil and grass seed from the Horticultural Society.
This year’s theme was Air, Air Everywhere. To go along with this theme there was a model air show put on by the Sky Harbour Modellers. There were bubbles far and wide, and they had a bubble blowing activity station. My mini divas love balloons, so we took home several different colours and one shaped like a puppy.
Inside the arena, they had sensory tables, dress up clothes, crafts, face painting, and more inflatables. There were snacks, drinks, BBQ and cotton candy. They had a silent auction fundraiser as well. Our favourite part of the day was watching Erick Traplin, an award winning children’s entertainer. He had the children laughing, dancing, playing music and generally mesmerized. The whole event was free of charge, with bins set up for donations to go towards next year’s activities. Definitely a worthwhile day spent in Goderich!
Goderich Children’s Festival
Goderich Memorial Arena
McDonald Street, Goderich, ON
Tourism Goderich at 519-524-6600
By Diva Jenna Ujiye
Dear Johnny Deere
June 11 – 22, 2013
On Tuesday I was fortunate to attend the Blyth Festival Theatre and watch the first 2013 performance of Dear Johnny Deere. I was so happy to hear that Blyth Festival decided to bring back the show for a short run, as I was not able to make it in 2012. I had only heard and read good things and I really was blown away. I said to a friend that it reminds me of growing up in Huron County!
The show was written by Ken Cameron, directed by Eric Coates and based on the songs of Fred Eaglesmith. I hadn’t listened to Eaglesmith before, but have now downloaded a few of his tunes and I can’t seem to get the songs WhiteTrash and I’m Wilder Than Her out of my head!
The set is simple with the main focus of a baby grand piano and musical instruments hung up all over the place. We were told at the beginning to “use our imagination”, right away I thought … I know some people who might have trouble with that… but after watching the show and seeing how the cast and set inspired imagination, it was no problem at all.
The music and harmonies had me at the first song, fiddle, guitar, bass, drums and multiple guitars brought a smile to my face. I grew up in a family that sat around jamming and playing this kind of music at every gathering. This show is really great and if you are hoping to get out to Blyth to see it, you better book your ticket now. It is only running until June 22. Here is the link for you to get more information: http://www.blythfestival.com/#!blank/c1lxg to book tickets you can also call 1.877.862.5984
Blyth Festival is located on main street Blyth Ontario. They have five other shows that will be on this summer:
This past weekend, my family and I attended the Musical Muskrat Festival at Riverside Park in Wingham. What is a Musical Muskrat Festival? Well, it’s when small rodent-like creatures put on performances with tiny little instruments… Actually, the name comes from Wingham’s extensive musical history … and the muskrat, a rodent that lives along the banks of the Maitland River. Together, it’s a catchy, thought-provoking name for the event.
The Musical Muskrat Festival runs every year, the second weekend in June and is jam-packed with things to do and see for the whole family. For the kids, there were several inflatable attractions, a rock climbing wall, a clown making balloon animals, and face painting. There were also snack booths, breakfasts and BBQ available. For the adults, there was a refreshment tent, a rib cooking competition, car show and recreational volleyball.
One of the highlights of the weekend for us was watching firemen from surrounding areas compete in the Fireman’s Games. There were several obstacle course-type events and the firemen raced to have the fastest time. We also watched the Mighty Maitland Regatta Cardboard Boat Races. There was enough duct tape involved in this event to make Red Green proud! In addition, we took in a couple Wingham Hitmen fastball games. (We are big fans of the blue and orange!)
The best part of the festival was listening to the live music. There were performances by Richard Garvey Band, Snakebite, Stacey Zegers, River Junction Band and Patrick Main. The music played from about 5 PM to 1 AM on Friday and Saturday evenings and 10 AM to 1 PM on Sunday. Having these talented musicians play at a venue like the Riverside Park was such a great experience. Admission to see the bands was $5, and there was a cost for food and refreshments, but everything else listed above was free to attend and participate in. For more information on this annual event, check out their website http://www.musicalmuskratfestival.com/
by Diva Trista Russell
I haven’t been to the Hensall Spring Fair since I was a kid, so it was neat to see how it has changed over the years. This year the Fair is celebrating its 145th year, which is quite the accomplishment considering the amount of volunteers and dedication it takes to keep rural Fairs going! When I drove into Hensall, the Main Street was decorated with green and yellow ribbons. That was really nice to see how Hensall takes pride in its events.
Admission to the fair is free, and in lieu of admission they accept non-perishable food donations. On the Friday evening while I was there, they had a fish fry supper, teddy bear picnic, bike rodeo, and later on an elimination draw and dance. There were a variety of vendors on the ice surface, and the local school had a food booth. There was a firefighter smoke house on the ball diamonds where kids could practice their escape in case of a fire, and there was also a pie cafe where you could enjoy a slice of homemade pie. On Saturday, a number of other events were happening including a $10 all day play pass for the kids to enjoy games and a “Baby Bean” baby show.
There was the usual homecraft division where kids and adults submitted baking, arts, and crafts for judging and prizes. Looking at the entries reminded when I was kid and did the same for the Exeter Fall Fair. It’s nice that this tradition still continues and exhibitors get recognition for their hard work and talent. One of my favourite categories were the persuasive writing entries arguing for and against having the day off school to go to the fair (see photo). Not surprisingly, most of the Grade 3 students argued to have the day off, but there were a couple that argued against!
Walton, Ontario, is known as “motocross town” and that would be because of the Walton Transcan and motocross events held each year at the Walton Raceway. Every year Walton seems to add even more events and experiences and this year I was able to head to the first truck mudbog of the year!
I have been to events like this over the past few years and the event this year sure showed me what a true mudbog is. Wikipedia tells me that “a mudbog is a form of off-road motorsport popular in Canada and the United States in which the goal is to drive a vehicle through a pit of mud of a set length.” So mudbogging is part of our Canadian culture!
I was only able to stay for about half an hour, but in that time I wasn’t able to take my eyes off of the track. A couple of trucks that went through looked to be an everyday truck and when they get out of the mud there was soo much guck hanging from the bottom of the truck… I can only imagine what people would think if I drove my truck to work in that condition!
Most of the trucks were modified with mud tires and snorkels (allows air to travel to the engine) and just flew through the mud pit! You may think that this sort of activity is not your cup of tea, but you could be proven wrong. I was with 45 people from all over the place with an age range from 17 – 72, both male and female, and we surveyed all of the people and only two of them didn’t enjoy the experience!
Walton plans to do many more events throughout the year, check their website for more information: http://waltonraceway.ca/event-calendar/
Amanda Piskorski lives just outside of Goderich near Dunlop. She is Cooping in the Planning and Development department in Goderich for the summer, assisting Karri Sonke a GIS specialist. Piskorski goes to school at Georgian College for Environmental Technology in Barrie.
by Diva Trista Russell
Art lover? Then check out Sunset Arts Gallery in Grand Bend this summer! The first weekend in May was the grand opening for their 2013 season. Sunset Arts Gallery was also part of the annual Grand Bend Area Studio Tour called “Arts, Eats, & Beats” that was held on the same weekend. This tour had three different routes, and Sunset Arts was part of the Grand Bend Central route. The gallery is located at 63 River Road, which is right beside the Grand Bend marina. At the grand opening, Sunset offered an opportunity to meet the artists and enjoy refreshments and art demonstrations.
The gallery features the work of a dozen different artists, with a variety of paintings of landscapes and abstract art, as well as pottery, hand carved wooden boxes, and handmade jewellery.
Catherine Weber, an artist from South Huron, is the founder of Sunset Arts. It’s great to see local artists at work. Local art is unique, and you can be one of a select few to have these art pieces in your home!
Sunset Arts Gallery Hours:
May 4 to June 16: Saturday 11 – 6pm, Sunday 12 – 6pm
June 17 to September 3: Monday – Saturday 11 – 6pm, Sunday 12 – 6pm
September 7 to October 14: Saturday 11 – 6pm, Sunday 12 – 6pm
Sunset Arts Gallery
63 River Road
Grand Bend, Ontario
by Diva Kerri Gingerch
It’s not surprising that tickets were sold out before the end of the night for the 8th Annual Lions Club Fish Fry and Silent Auction held last Friday night in Zurich.
‘This year was one of the best yet’, says Lion / Bartender John Becker. The meal, comprised of crispy, battered whitefish, tartar sauce, dinner roll, baked potato with butter and sour cream, coleslaw and pie for dessert was absolutely amazing and Chef Terry Johns and his crew did a fantastic job. The intermittent rain didn’t put a damper on their spirits as they worked outside at the portable fryer that was their ‘kitchen’ for a good part of the evening.
The hundreds of items graciously donated by area businesses for the silent auction also contributed significantly to the success of this fundraiser. As a local resident since birth I think I can say that Zurich doesn’t exactly have the reputation of the classiest village in the area but what we do have is a lot of caring individuals who are actively involved and trying to make a difference, and this event was indeed a class-act.
The amount of work it must have been to put on an event of this magnitude is not something some might even consider but is something that really should be appreciated. Go Lions!
by Diva Karen Stewart
The 13th Annual Bayfield Historical Society Collector Exhibition was held this past weekend at the Bayfield Arena. The show included 33 “Taste of Huron” packages sold at the live auction on Saturday as well as a Silent Auction that ran throughout the two-day event and included over 160 packages.
Co-ordinators Binnie Sturgeon and Phil Gemeinhardt say the show receives good support from local sponsors as well as businesses and individuals who contribute to the auction packages. “There are just two rules about participating as an exhibitor in the show,” says Gemeinhardt “1) don’t bring the same display two years in a row, and 2) don’t come back if you didn’t have fun. Many exhibitors return year after year, but we try to recruit new-comers too.”
New exhibits this year included a sizeable collection of memorabilia from the Huron County Museum re: The Great Storm (this is the first event in the year-long schedule of activities commemorating the extra-ordinary storm that hit the Great Lakes in November 1913); and, Tim Wellstead and Jodi Jerome who are, as we reach the 100th anniversary of the start of the great war, researching stories to share of Huron’s WWI battalion soldiers for The Huron 161st Battalion Project.
Other exhibits included heritage tools, steam engines, model trains, Queen Elizabeth Coronation, First Nations, toys including a collection of riding toys, Warhammer Collectables and He-man Toys. This was, for me, a wonderful way to spend a snowy late-April afternoon.
The Bayfield Historical Society & Archives
20 Main Street
Bayfield, ON N0M 1G0