36th fes­ti­val

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

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.

cian, rap­per, and co­me­dian, ADISQ “Al­bum of the year, Coun­try cat­e­gory” nom­i­nee Gabrielle Goulet, teacher and com-

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