The Labour Day holiday weekend heralds the unofficial end to summer, when hazy, lazy days give way to a return to a more structured routine over the fall and winter months.
Kids are back in school, of course, and we all know the onslaught of activities and events that entails. But it's also that time of year when all the local clubs and organizations get back up and running after the summer break, whether it's registering for a new season or resuming regular meetings.
Anyone who says there's nothing to do in Fort Frances clearly is oblivious to the myriad of pastimes, hobbies, and volunteer opportunities our community offers to all ages and interests each year. Local curling, bowling, and dart leagues, for instance, would love to welcome new members.
Looking for something a little more strenuous? There's men's basketball, women's volleyball and indoor soccer, along with squash, badminton, hockey, skiing, and martial arts for both men and women.
For those artistically- or musically-inclined, there are dance schools to join and an art gallery, along with a community orchestra or perhaps a Highlanders group. Those with an interest in the stage can get involved with Fort Frances Little Theatre.
The Fort Frances Museum is hosting a series of fall workshops over the coming weeks, along with an open studio for children and families planned for once a month. The Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre, meanwhile, offers a wide range of weekly activities—from “Baby Time,” a Tween Club, and the Fireside Yarn Club to Friday Night Magic and a Pokémon League.
As well, a “Family Movie" and a "55+ Movie Matinee” are shown there once a month.
Over at the Sister Kennedy Centre, everything from card games and cribbage to pool, line dancing, and a fix-it shop is offered for those aged 55 and over. The Memorial Sports Centre features a variety of lessons and classes, as do our local fitness centres.
If volunteering your time is up your alley, why not consider joining a local service club or an auxiliary through the hospital, Rainycrest, or Legion? It's a great way to meet people while helping to better your community.
There always has been plenty of activities for our children to get involved with here, whether through the mainstays like minor hockey, swimming, figure skating, and dance or other avenues such as youth bowling, curling, badminton, and squash, and now even volleyball and basketball for the younger ages.
But it's obvious our community offers so much more to do. It's just a matter of choosing to get out of the house and get involved.
Support these volunteer-run clubs and organizations—for your own personal benefit and to help ensure our community remains a vibrant one.