On September 4, North Grenville residents came out in droves to attend the Downtown Promenade. Under the theme “Welcome Back! Reunite and Rediscover Downtown Kemptville,” visitors browsed local businesses, artisans, clubs, and charities, sampled local eats, enjoyed live music, highland dancing, and magic shows; and played in the family fun zone. There was even an on-site COVID vaccination clinic.
The Municipality of North Grenville, Old Town Kemptville BIA, and Kemptville District Community Association were responsible for organizing the event.
The Kemptville Public Library also celebrated its 10-year anniversary at the Downtown Promenade. It hosted a number of local artists and authors, and organized a Fishing Derby off the dock at Rotary Park.
Deron Johnston of the BIA said that he was beyond thrilled with the success of the day. “We were hoping to create the conditions for the community to feel safe, and that there was a space where they could come down and have a nice relaxing walk, listen to some great live local music, check out some vendors, see some of the great businesses that we have in our downtown here.” From an administrative point of view, he said he is, “so impressed. There were a lot of partners involved in pulling this all together. And I’m so grateful that everything went so smoothly, the volunteers all showed up and are doing a great job, it’s thrilling how things have gone.”
Rachel Everett-Fry, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The North Grenville Times