Annual event runs June 8-11
The Village of Dorchester is gearing up for its annual Shiretown Days Festival.
Area residents are invited to join in the family fun this week as the historic Village of Dorchester hosts its annual Shiretown Days Festival.
The theme for this year’s festival is Where Good Friends Meet.
Opening ceremonies slated for Thursday evening
The four-day celebration kicks off Thursday, June 8, with the Dorchester Public Library hosting its annual book sale from 1 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m. The library’s book sale will continue Friday from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.; and Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m., at which time a cake auction will also be held.
Visitors to the festival on Thursday evening can enjoy a barbecue outside the Dorchester Veterans Community Centre (DVCC) beginning at 5:30 p.m., before heading inside for the official Shiretown Days Festival opening ceremony at 6 p.m. In conjunction with the opening ceremonies, this year’s Dorchester junior mayor will be introduced. For those interested in participating, the Canada 150 scavenger hunt list can also be picked up during the opening ceremonies.
Also taking place at the DVCC, this year’s firefighter’s auction will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m., with viewing getting underway at 6 p.m.
The excitement continues Friday with a Taste of Westmorland food sampling being held at the DVCC from 6 to 10 p.m. Free entertainment will also be on tap Friday evening at the DVCC, with Frantically Atlantic taking the stage from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m., followed by Ray Legere and Cyril Macphee from 8:30 to 10:15 p.m. A family movie night will be held Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Dorchester Recreation Centre.
Popular Shiretown Days Parade headlines Saturday’s events
Those planning to attend Saturday’s wide variety of events can start the day off right with a country-style pancake/waffle breakfast fundraiser at the Masonic Lodge Sussex No. 4., with kids under 10 eating for free.
A bicycle safety course will be held at 10 a.m. outside Dorchester Consolidated School (DCS), with prizes being awarded, including $100 toward a new bike.
The Keillor House Museum will open for the season Saturday morning at 11 a.m., featuring guided tours and admission is free.
From 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, the Dorchester Village Square will play host to a variety of vendors.
One of the true highlights of the annual festival is the Shiretown Days Parade, with this year’s instalment kicking off at 1 p.m. The lineup for this year’s parade gets underway at noon on Woodlawn Road and judging will follow the parade at DCS. A pipes and drums march will also be held from the village square to the DVCC.
For the musically inclined, there will be plenty of free entertainment on tap throughout the day Saturday. Aboriginal drummer and storyteller Gilbert Sewell will perform at the DVCC at 3 p.m., followed by Stacey Read’s Junior Jills at 3:45 p.m. Eddy Poirier will take the stage from 4:45 to 5:30 p.m. and 6 to 6-:45 p.m., followed by Chris Cummings from 7 to 9 p.m.
A “Taste of Westmorland” supper will be held in the downstairs of the DVCC from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday evening.
Finishing off Saturday’s wide range of events, the Dorchester Fire Department will host a beer garden at the fire hall from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., with live entertainment provided from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. The Dorchester Lions Club will
have a fundraising barbecue set up outside the fire hall during the beer garden.
Wide variety of children’s
events on tap Sunday
Area residents can lace up their sneakers Sunday morning for the Over the Wall Run, with participants encouraged to dress up in a prisoner costume. Registration opens at 9:30 a.m. and the event will feature a variety of distances for all levels of athletes. A fivekilometre run (17 and older) gets underway at 10 a.m.; a five-kilometre walk (17 and older) starts at 10:15 a.m.; a kids’ dash (16 and younger) begins at 11 a.m.; and, open to everyone, a one-kilometre stroll will roll out at 11:15 a.m. The Over the Wall Run starts at Richard Park and follows a route along Cape Road.
Vendors will be set up in on the DCS grounds from noon to 4 p.m.
DCS will also play host to a wide variety of children’s events from noon to 4 p.m.: touch-atruck, Water Walkerz, face painting, glow parties-big baller and a princess tea. Frantically Atlantic
will return for another free performance on Sunday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and Dustin Hurley will astound people of people of all ages with his magic show at 3 p.m., with both performances at DCS. Valdy will return to Dorchester
for a concert at Shepody House Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. (visit Shepody House’s Facebook page for ticket information).
For a full schedule of events, visit Dorchester.ca and click on 2017 Shiretown Festival link.
These members of the Dorchester Lions Club are all smiles as they take part in the Shiretown Days Parade. This year’s parade will be held this Saturday at 1 p.m. as part of the village’s annual Shiretown Days Festival.