Garlic, Kilts and Fair Play in Perth! - theHumm August 2019
Garlic, Kilts and Fair Play in Perth! - theHumm August 2019
By John Pigeau
Oh, August in the beautiful ol’ town — you’ve got us sweating and swimming, camping and kayaking, barbequing at the cottage, delighting in cold drinks by the Basin, and browsing our favourite shops in flip-flops. We know you’ve got us covered for iced tea and daiquiris, watermelons and corn on the cob, beach towels and suntan lotion, and plenty of goings-on to keep us sun-drunk-busy through Labour Day. And we’re thankful for your summery sweetness and all these new memories. Before you go, please know: we don’t want you to leave.
Now let’s get to some of those goings-on, shall we.
The folks at BarnDoor Productions know it’s summer, and they’re turnin’ up the heat, staging one of their most anticipated productions in decades: Macbeth. This audacious undertaking will mark the community theatre’s 128th production, and their 12th time staging a play by Shakespeare. “Love and betrayal; mists and moors; witches and tyrants, death and murder.” The theatre company is billing Macbeth, arguably one of the greatest plays ever written, as “the real Game of Thrones.” David Jacklin directs, and veteran actor David Bird plays the lead. Interestingly, the actors wielding swords in this production will be using real ones, made by Tay Valley blacksmith Don MacKay. Opening night is August 2, and the play runs through to the 18th. For performance dates and times, including three matinées, please visit barndoorproductions.ca . Tickets are $22 reserved, $20 at the door, and $10 for students. To reserve yours, please call the Full Circle Theatre at 267–1884.
In Perth, in summer, one thing you can always count on is hearing wonderful music in the park. The Perth Citizens’ Band continues its Summer Pops Concert Series in August with performances on August 8 and 22 in the bandshell adjacent to Stewart Park. Even if you were on the bridge watching fish, you’d hear the delightful music. But most folks plunk down a lawn chair in the park — and some a picnic supper — to enjoy the delightful sounds. How you’d like to enjoy the evening’s performance is up to you, of course, but please note the concert begins at 7:30pm.
It’s happening again: the “garlic heads” are coming. So you’d best prepare your taste buds for the 22nd annual Perth Lions Garlic Festival, which will take place the weekend of August 10–11 at the venerable Perth Fairgrounds. Always a highlight on the summer calendar of festivals in Eastern Ontario, the Garlic Festival brings together garlic lovers and producers, promotes Ontario-grown garlic, and provides a delightful time and place for all to share ideas on how to grow, harvest, market, cook and enjoy garlic. It’s an interesting, delightful weekend, enjoyable for the whole family.
What fascinates and delights me most about this flavourful festival is the food — essentially, everything is better with garlic: from butter tarts to chicken wings to fiddleheads. You’ll see. And you may wish to bring a canvas bag or two to carry home your haul of fresh garlic and products.
The Garlic Festival features more than 75 garlic, artisan and food vendors, live music, and the always astounding and thoroughly entertaining Birds of Prey shows, both Saturday and Sunday. It’s an interactive weekend too: you can enjoy some honey garlic ice cream made by Tracey’s Ice Cream from Renfrew, learn how to braid garlic, or delight in one of the fine dining cooking demonstrations by chefs from Maximilian Dining Lounge and the Perth Manor Boutique Hotel. There will also be beer, wine, and liquor tasting.
There is free parking at the Fairgrounds, and admission is only $5 (and free for children under 12). Every dollar from the Garlic Festival goes back into the community for projects supported by the Lions Club of Perth. Organizers ask that you please keep your pets at home. For more information about scheduled events, please visit perthgarlicfestival.com .
The 10th annual Perth Kilt Run will take place this year on August 17, but things have changed a wee bit. The Kilt Run is now part of Freedom Fest, a new, free music festival in Stewart Park happening Saturday and Sunday, August 17 and 18. The Kilt Run begins at 4pm, starting and finishing on Mill Street beside the park. Runners this year will follow a new course (said to be the “best yet”), receive a special 10th anniversary medal, can take part in the Canadian Haggis Hurling Championship (which is free and open to all), and, post-finish line, continue on into Stewart Park and enjoy all the great music at Freedom Fest. For many more specifics about the Kilt Run, please visit raceroster.com/events/2019/21844/10th-perth-kilt-run-2019 .
Celebrating its first year, Freedom Fest is a two-day free music festival in Perth’s most beloved park featuring top Juno and CMA award nominated acts. There will be fun activities for the entire family all weekend, as well as inspirational Christian music. The impressive musical lineup includes some truly top-notch talent: Dan Bremnes, The Color, Warren D Flandez, Ali Matthews, The Commissionaires, Colin Bernard, The Proverbs, Ken Whiteley, and The Dirty Dishes. For a full schedule of events, and a whole lot more, please visit freedomfestperth.com .
If there are any runners with some energy left after the Kilt Run, you’ll likely find them at the last big race of the summer — the 112th annual Glen Tay Block Race. This long-standing run, which starts and finishes on Gore Street in front of the Perth Museum, takes place on Thursday, August 29 at 6pm. The route follows the iconic Glen Tay Block. For details or to register, please visit glentayblock.com .
The 174th Perth Fair will be held from August 30 to September 2 at the Perth Fairgrounds. Hosted by the Perth and District Agricultural Society, the Fair — steeped in tradition and history, rich in nostalgia — features agricultural displays and shows, a midway, a demolition derby, food vendors for kilometres, live music on the Grandstand Stage (including Matthew Runaway, The Cronies, The Bowes Brothers, Amanda Jordan, and Ambush), children’s entertainment, and so much more. Please visit perthfair.com for ticket pricing and a full schedule of events. It all starts on the Friday at 11am and runs through till Monday at 4pm. Enjoy, folks. Oh, and if you get to the pie auction, dig deep — sincerely, those pies are delicious!
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