The 36th rendition of Vankleek Hill’s spring arts and crafts happening will be staged Sunday, May 20. The Heritage May Show Festival, to be held on and in Main Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., continues the tradition started about four decades ago when a group of artists got together to present a series of exhibitions.
Billed as a “Festival of joy and fun for everyone,” the 2018 version, presented by Excellent Events in memory of long-time arts promoter Phil Arber, will have a new venue this year, notes Samme Putzel, one of the event’s prime organizers.
Arts and craft kiosks will be set up inside the new Creativity Building that Excellent Events has started in a building at Main and High Streets. This will be the first official activity in the former Dominion Hotel, which has had several different uses since it was built in 1850.
“It is a fun and exciting idea,” Ms. Putzel says of the plan to refurbish the building so it can accommodate artist of all sorts. “We hope that it will become a long-term resource,” she adds, noting that the space will not be limited to residents of the area.
The fun begins at 10 a.m. with a parade for everyone including children, pets, prams, bicycles, and families of all ages willing to march through town led by Majorette Hannah accompanied by drummer, William Laurin.
Some 50 crafts booths and delicious treats offer an intriguing variety of items for all tastes along Main Street. A drumming circle, led by William Laurin, takes place after the parade at 11 a.m. in the park next to the Post Office. Stephanie’s Chalk It Up entertains children of all ages with crafts and art projects. On stage in centre town at High Street, Voix La Singers perform at 11 a.m., Lise Pearl Dancers at noon, 12:45 p.m. the winners of the Butter Tart Competition will be revealed. At 1:30 p.m. Vankleek Hill Old Tyme Fiddlers will entertain; at 2 p.m. 4-H Square Dancers perform and at 2:30 they lead a Virginia Reel for all to join in. At 2:45 the band, 50 Proof, winds up the day with an eclectic selection of old favourites. Throughout town, several art exhibitions and restaurants are open to visitors. The Vankleek Hill Museum presents a display of hand-crafted agricultural tools and is recording stories of The Old Days as told by local residents. Eliska Farms features cute petting goats. The Vankleek Hill Library will have books and heritage items on display. For more information, visit Excellent Events Facebook page, thereview.ca/events. Email: excellen[email protected] or telephone: 613-677-4722 or 613-678-5086.
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