Fun, Fairs & Festivals! - theHumm July 2019
Fun, Fairs & Festivals! - theHumm July 2019
By Miss Mills
It’s finally summer! After a long winter and delayed spring, we have stumbled out of our holes, squinted into the sun, and are only just feeling secure enough to leave our jackets at home. Summer is finally here, so come on people — we have to enjoy the nice weather as much as we can before we head back into hibernation. You know as well as I do that the summer flies by, so back away from your Netflix, grab your sunscreen, and let’s go outside!
Music in the Park
What better way to come out of hibernation than by lounging in the park on a summer night, chatting with neighbours while enjoying a BBQ or potluck dinner and listening to live music? Wednesday evenings in July, plan to be at Augusta Street Park (at the corner of Augusta and Mercer Streets in Almonte) from 6–8pm for their 5 Wednesdays in July concert series. See theHumm calendar or the article on page 11 for details of who’s playing when. July 10 and 24, bring a favourite side, main or dessert for sharing. July 3, 17 and 31 bring some cash for the Civitan BBQ. Please bring your own plate/cutlery and such — it’s actually easy being green.
If you like music in the park, then you’ll LOVE Almonte Celtfest! Whether you prefer the acoustics of the Old Town Hall, the camaraderie of a pub, or the atmosphere of an outdoor festival, you’ll find your type of Celtic music being played throughout the town from July 5–7. Did you know Ashley MacIsaac will be playing in Gemmill Park on the Saturday night?! See the ad on page 9 for full details, or visit almonteceltfest.com .
We’ve scheduled some quieter, indoor activities for you as well, because we don’t want you getting sunstroke or anything. On Saturday, July 13, venture into the heritage (and air-conditioned) Mississippi Valley Textile Museum mvtm.ca , where you’ll find the vernissage (2–4pm) for the new exhibit by Jim Arendt. This Michigander uses denim to create images that explore the lives of working people, and if you miss the vernissage, you can still catch his work at the museum throughout the summer.
With two weeks to relax, you should be plenty ready to get back outside for the 161st Almonte Fair, taking place from July 19–21. There are many events that claim to have “something for everyone”, but fairs really do fit the bill. Can you name me one other event that appeals to home gardeners, cooks, vegetable farmers, cattle farmers, children, music-lovers, wrestling fans, demolition derby fans… and TEENAGERS?! I’m telling you — if you can’t find something to enjoy at the Fair, you might be dead inside. This year, you get all of these things for one ticket (per day): $20 at the door, $18 in advance. Find more information at almontefair.ca .
Tips for August
Combine your love of supporting kids with your love of shopping by attending the Mississippi Mills Youth Centre’s Night Market, back by popular demand on Friday, August 2. The Centre is near Milano’s at 134 Main Street in Almonte.
August 10 brings you not one but two special outdoor sporty events! The Paddle for Almonte Hospital at the fairgrounds/beach offers you the opportunity to support the hospital while you have fun with either a 4-person raft-building crew or your own canoe/kayak/SUP. For registration fees and details, see almontehospitalfoundation.com .
Prefer your sports on dry land? Almonte’s annual basketball tournament is now the Naismith 3x3 Canada Quest tournament! Canada Basketball has joined as a partner this year, adding an “Elite Division” to the usual recreational divisions. The elite competitors will earn points to compete in a National Quest final, possibly leading to a spot on Canada’s Olympic team, as 3x3 will be a demonstration sport in 2020 Olympics! You can find out all about it at naismithbasketball.ca .
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