It’s par­ty time in ri­ver­side com­mu­ni­ties

Tribune Express - - COL­LEC­TI­VI­TÉ • COM­MU­NI­TY -

A va­rie­ty of ac­ti­vi­ties, in­clu­ding the tra­di­tio­nal Po­ker Run of Ford Mus­tang and Ford clas­sic cars, are among some of the ac­ti­vi­ties plan­ned for the 6th edi­tion of the Ot­ta­wa Ri­ver Fes­ti­val.

France D’Amour will be in Le­faivre on Sa­tur­day night. Her show will be pre­ce­ded by that of Hé­loïse Yelle, a young ar­tist from St-Pas­cal-Bay­lon.

Haw­kes­bu­ry will host DJ Dan Des­noyers (Dan D-Noy) in the af­ter­noon, on Sa­tur­day, fol­lo­wed in the eve­ning by 50 Proof and Hom­mage aux Co­locs. On Sa­tur­day, L’Ori­gnal will host la Cho­rale de l’Ami­tié and Slee­pless Sin­ners in the eve­ning.

On Fri­day, June 30, in Ro­ck­land, clas­si­cal rock fans will en­joy Sass Jor­dan’s per­for­mance on the Des­jar­dins stage at Parc du Mou­lin, with the Ster­ling Band as the ope­ning act. Sa­tur­day, the Rock Jun­kies will rock the stage. Sun­day, the co­mi­cal duo of Do­mi­nic and Mar­tin, with Syl­vain La­rocque in the first part, will be on stage as well. The com­mu­ni­ties lo­ca­ted along the shores of the Ot­ta­wa Ri­ver have en­dea­vo­red to of­fer dy­na­mic pro­gram­ming for all tastes. This year, the nau­ti­cal Po­ker Run is re­pla­ced by se­ve­ral new ma­rine ac­ti­vi­ties.

For the first time, fes­ti­val-goers will have the op­por­tu­ni­ty to contem­plate the beau­ty of the ri­ver du­ring the fes­ti­val thanks to pon­toon boat tours that will be of­fe­red at the five fes­ti­val ve­nues, at dif­ferent times du­ring these few days. Al­so ca­noe, kayak, pe­dal boats, a wide choice will be of­fe­red to the pu­blic.

“People will board the pon­toons,” said An­nie Gre­nier, com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer for the fes­ti­val. “We wan­ted fes­ti­val at­ten­dees to be more in­vol­ved in wa­ter sports this year.”

On Ju­ly 2, in Ro­ck­land, fes­ti­val-goers can ob­serve and even try a va­rie­ty of re­crea­tio­nal wa­ter sports. Downs­tream, Haw­kes­bu­ry has plan­ned free kayak, ca­noe and pe­dal boat trials as well as an in­tro­duc­to­ry fi­shing ac­ti­vi­ty.

The com­mu­ni­ty break­fast at Chute-àB­lon­deau is al­so back. Im­me­dia­te­ly west of Haw­kes­bu­ry, the Town­ship of Cham­plain will present, in L’Ori­gnal, its an­nual fes­ti­val of Ju­ly 1st and the pon­toon boat ou­tings al­rea­dy men­tio­ned. The next day, the fa­mi­ly par­ty at the beach in L’Ori­gnal will be back, to the de­light of young people and young at heart.

One of the tra­di­tio­nal events of this an­nual fes­ti­val is un­doub­ted­ly the now fa­mous Po­ker Run fea­tu­ring Mus­tang cars and clas­sic Ford mo­dels. Some 150 cars will par­ti­ci­pate in this ac­ti­vi­ty. The cars will leave Ro­ck­land eve­ry 30 mi­nutes on the mor­ning of Ju­ly 2 and will cross se­ve­ral com­mu­ni­ties. This event, or­ga­ni­zed by Ro­ck­land Ford, is al­so a fun­drai­ser for the Ca­na­dian Breast Can­cer So­cie­ty.

—photo Gregg Cham­ber­lain

En échange d’un don de 5 $, Ro­bert Émard peut si­gner son nom sur l’ex­té­rieur de la Mus­tang de Ro­ck­land Ford, qui ef­fec­tue ces jours-ci une tour­née pro­mo­tion­nelle à tra­vers Pres­cott-Rus­sell. La voi­ture rou­le­ra le mois pro­chain en tant que voi­ture de tête lors du Po­ker Run de voi­tures Mus­tang et de voi­tures clas­siques de marque Ford pour le sou­tien à la recherche sur le can­cer du sein.

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