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It was late in being completed, and cost more than initially estimated, but downtown Fort Frances officially will unveil its newest addition tomorrow.

The grand-opening of the Rainy Lake Square will be a day-long affair, starting with the first “Rainy Lake Market” starting at 9 a.m.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony—complete with greetings from dignitaries, as well as cake and some prizes to be given away—is slated to get underway at 12:30 p.m., followed by a “Fort Frances Kitchen Party,” a free concert featuring local duet Entyrely Mac, from 6-8 p.m.

As well, the first free movie screening of the summer in the square is slated to go Friday (May 18) at 8:30 p.m., with “E.T." to be shown. Then the first "Market Saturday” of the season is planned for May 19 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

But this is just the start to what promises to be a summer-long series of events there, including the “Rainy Lake Series” of concerts that also will include Fred Penner (June 14), Kings of None (July 12), Iskwé, with Distant Legacy featuring Brittany Strachan as the opening act (Aug. 30), and The Old Salts (Sept. 13).

Meanwhile, Natasha Gaudio, economic development co-ordinator with the Rainy River Future Development Corp., says people can expect “something free and fun happening at the square” every Thursday evening through the end of September, noting these could be anything from free movie nights to more hands-on activities.

For instance, a paint night with renowned local artist Cher Pruys is slated there for next Thursday (May 24).

All in all, the Rainy Lake Square is a welcomed feature to the downtown core—offering promising potential as a place for residents to enjoy and vendors to sell their wares while giving visiting tourists a reason to stop here.

Let's all pitch in to truly make it “our square.”

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