With summer winding down to its final days, a weekend full of family entertainment is scheduled to run Friday to Sunday in Gananoque.
This is as part of the second annual 1000 Islands Waterfront Festival, to be held at 125 Water St.
Entertainment will be had at the Joel Stone Park amphitheatre including live music, magic shows, children’s theatre by Bottletree Productions and much more.
Some activities also include kids crafts, which will be available at the 1000 Islands History Museum, boat cruises with City Cruises Gananoque, music on the patio at the Thousand Islands Boat Museum, kayaking tours with 1000 Islands Kayaking, face painting, a barbecue lunch by the Gananoque Lions Club, performances by Circus Jonathan, performing a micro-cirque show with juggling, unicycling, globe walking and ladder balancing.
The event is made up of a mixture of paid and free events with a combination of music, theatre, education, and other activities. Activities are slated to take place at the waterfront village and in Joel Stone Heritage Park.
The festival also coincides with the Waterfront Concert Series, which ran every weekend this summer.
“The idea was that we would continue with a waterfront festival in that area in early September to help with the folks visiting this region this September, and there’s quite a bit visiting,” said Cliff Edwards, an organizer of the event.
The festival is put on with the approval of the Tourism Advisory Panel.
“It combines music, children’s activities. We run some music concerts in the daytime from the verandas, that the museums have, and we also have the Lion’s Club Pavilion, and we run kids shows there,” Edwards said.
Evening shows will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 5 p.m. on Sunday to close the festival.
“It’s a combination of several things, a family event, really,” Edwards said. “We decided to run it this year in September to continue the season. The tourism season doesn’t really end here.”
(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