Published July 31st 2008
Festival, Festival, Festival. And what a year it’s going to be!
Entertainment coordinators Tom Revell and Bill Kendall
have lined up a terrific weekend of onstage delights: Friday begins
with magician Rob Driscoll, a 45 minute show full of audience
participation that promises to entertain the whole family. The
evening ends with the ever popular country music group Printers
On Saturday afternoon you’ll hear everything from
classic swing to rock to Celtic, and Saturday evening brings back
Verona’s house band Bauder Road, with and opening by Mr.
Sunday afternoon features the a capella group Marcatos,
followed by the popular gospel group Crimson River and for the
finale – the spectacular fiddle player and step dancer Kelli
Bring a chair, the grounds will be packed!
Verona Festival Aug. 8-10.
A "heads up" about Festival Friday night. Highway 38 will be closed
in both directions in Verona for about a half hour Friday evening
Aug. 8 starting at about 7 PM to allow for the Festival Parade.
If you’re familiar with the secondary roads, you can bypass
the village via Snider Road and First Lake or via Desert Lake
Road to Hinchinbrooke Road. Otherwise, plan to travel before 7
or after 7:30.
Jim Stinson and North Frontenac Community Arena staff have had
their hands full with the renovation project, and in a couple
of weeks they’re going to show off the fruits of everyone’s
hard labour. The opening ceremony will feature a chicken BBQ (Pineridge
Catering), cash bar, and dance music from the ever popular Red
Rose Express with Rudy & Saddle Up.
This event is well worth
attending, if only to see the magnificent new change rooms. “Other
than those,” says Jim, “the biggest feature is the
new entranceway and the handicapped facilities.” The arena
got a $47,600 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to help
with that part of the renovation. Community Futures Development
Corporation provided a $50,000 startup grant for blueprints and
design, and the community is stepping forward to fund the rest
of the project. It’s not too late to support this project.
The arena will have a booth at the Verona Festival next week where
you can buy a commemorative brick or simply donate to this hub
of athletic activity in south and central Frontenac. And don’t
forget the opening. You’ll need to get your tickets in advance.
Sat. Aug. 16 from 6PM-1AM. Tickets $20 a person, advance tickets
only, from at Sydenham One Stop, Starke's Convenience (Harrowsmith),
Petro Canada Service Station (Sharbot Lake), Verona Hardware (Verona)
and the North Frontenac Community Arena (Godfrey). For more information
contact Jim Stinson weekdays 8 am--4pm at 613 374-2177 of Glenna
Asselstine 613 374-1448
Sharon Sole, Queen Mum of the Verona chapter of the Red Hat Society
(the Purple Juliets) are heading off to Spindle Tree Gardens near
Tamworth later this month, and they’re opening the visit
up to non Red Hat members. Sharon says that she was thrilled with
her recent visit to this lovely and large garden where she and
a group of relatives had a leisurely two hour private tour and
a delicious lunch. Wed. Aug. 20, leave from Verona Free Methodist
parking lot by 10:30 sharp for the 11 o’clock tour. Cost
of tour $10. Lunch is extra. Call Sharon for details by Aug.14
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