The “Fun in the Sun” committee once again is heading up the majority of Canada Day events here in Fort Frances.
Chairman Randy Thoms said Monday the committee is working with the Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Festival committee, Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Fort Frances, and others to put on the celebration.
The 13th-annual “Fly-in, Drive-in BBQ” held Sunday at the Fort Frances Airport was quite successful, with upwards of 700 people turning out between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
“Excellent turnout, excellent day,” enthused organizer Bruce Caldwell.
“I think everybody was quite pleased.”
There also was a good turnout of private planes Sunday.
Families are invited to participate in a free “Block Party” play date event on Thursday, June 7, during which community partners will gather to help promote the importance of play and learning.
Organized by the Best Start Network and the Coming Together for Kids Coalition, the event will see 22 different activities on-site, hosted by local agencies that work with children in the community.
The inaugural “Shape Your Future” career fair and training expo held last Thursday at the Memorial Sports Centre here was a huge success, with 1,204 people attending throughout the day.
“I thought it was awesome,” enthused fair co-ordinator Cathy Tysz. “It was a huge success.
On cold, dark winter nights, Ray Cousineau can be found in his office carving pieces of soapstone that he’s found throughout the year.
“Just in the wintertime at night I play around with this stuff, you know, do some carvings,” he noted last week.
The 24th-annual Home & Leisure Show hosted by the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce this past Friday and Saturday had great exhibitors, but not a great turnout.
“The exhibitors were good, the show was good, but the participation from the town wasn’t as good as past years,” noted Chamber manager Anthony Mason.
The Townshend Theatre stage was alive with the sound of music—and drama—on Sunday afternoon as performers showcased their talents during the Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts annual highlights concert.
This year, the festival’s top awards—the coveted Rose Bowls—were presented to Caitlin Sande (piano) and Taylor Latimer (vocal).
There should be plenty to see and do at the 24th-annual Home & Leisure Show this Friday and Saturday (May 11-12) at the Memorial Sports Centre.
The event will be bigger than last year, with more than 50 exhibitors signed up to participate, noted Anthony Mason, manager of the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce, which is the major sponsor of the event along with TBayTel.
•CLASS V249E—1. Robert Moore Girls’ Choir, Grades 4-8 (Nathalie vonNiebelschutz director)
•CLASS V223E—1. Robert Moore School, JK/SK Class (Karen Peltomaki director)
•CLASS V177—1. Emma Dykstra 2. Kaitlynn Lougheed
•CLASS V178—1. Faith Pollard 2. Andrew Loney/McKenna Begin (tie)
Fort Frances High School students are ready to hit the stage at the Townshend Theatre next week with the high-energy, fun-filled musical, “Legally Blonde.”
“This is the most modern show we’ve done,” said Susan De Gagne, teacher and stage director for the show, noting the musical first opened on Broadway in 2007.