Scott Burns and Kate Rombough, a dynamic talented duo from The Stares, sung favourite rock and pop tunes to a small but joyful crowd at the 1000 Islands History Museum on Sunday.
Only a couple of hops and a few steps away, Circus Jonathan performed a micro-cirque show at the Joel Stone Heritage Park amphitheatre for an elated group of children with juggling, unicycling, globe walking, ladder balancing and comedy. He was followed by a performance by. Mr. Spaghetti Legs, a juggler, balloon sculptor and comedian.
This was the idea of the 1000 Islands Waterfront Festival, which came to a close Sunday – a weekend festival held at the waterfront in Gananoque in the dwindling days of summer, with a wide variety of activities and musical performances, all easily accessible, throughout the three-day event.
The Thousand Islands Boat Museum, 1000 Islands History Museum and 1000 Islands Kayaking all offered activities throughout the weekend as well.
This was the second edition of the festival, put on with the approval of the Tourism Advisory Panel.
"It was amazing, the weather was wonderful throughout the whole weekend, and we had tremendous attention and turnout and folks who really supported this in all aspects of the festival," said Cliff Edwards, an organizer of the festival said.
"Everything worked out really well and I’m so grateful for the support we got from the community and the visitors that were here."
The festival also coincided with the Waterfront Concert Series, which ran every weekend this summer on the waterfront, ending on Labour Day weekend, but was extended this year to be part of the Waterfront Festival.
"It's free concerts at a beautiful park with an incredible stage," said Edwards.
"People love performing there. It's an iconic thing, sitting at a park at a free concert at that stage, looking out to the islands on the water. The view is beautiful."
On Saturday, Gananoque Town Crier Brian Mabee and Poet Laureate Gretchen Huntley honoured the Queen at Town Hall Park. The Town Crier also made a cry at Joel Stone Park as part of the Waterfront Festival/Concert Series.
With this being the second annual edition of the Waterfront Festival, Edwards said he'll now do a post-festival report, talk to the funders and sponsors of the event, then decide on its future. The same will be done for the now completed Waterfront Concert Series.
"We’re at a stage now where we sit back and think about next year, quietly report and quietly do our due diligence, then we go further from there," said Edwards.
(Keith Dempsey is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of the Brockville Recorder and Times. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.)
Keith Dempsey, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Brockville Recorder and Times