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When Fort Frances hosts a major event, like the Ontario Scott curling playdowns back in late January-early February and the all-Ontario boys’ high school hockey championship last week, it’s only natural to sing the praises of the organizing committees and volunteers who ensure their success.

Often lost in the shuffle, however, are those people who work behind the scenes year in and year out to stage regular events in our town. Like “tour de Fort,” for instance.

Spearheaded by former Fort Frances resident Dr. Ted Jablonski more than a decade ago, “tour de Fort” closed the curtain on its 2005/06 season last Friday night with a stirring performance by Canadian singer/songwriter Alfie Zappacosta, who’s returning to the spotlight after a string of hits in the 1980s.

In a town where sports often rules, it’s great to see a program that offers district residents a chance to enjoy the performing arts over the winter months in a first-class theatre setting—at the very reasonable price of $95 for six shows.

None of this would be possible, however, if not for the dedicated people who keep “tour de Fort” running each year—doing everything from choosing the concert line-up to producing programs, setting up/tearing down the stage, and making sure the visiting entertainers are well looked after during their stay here.

Of course, local businesses also are crucial to the success of “tour de Fort” as sponsors, as president Dave Legg stressed to those on hand for Friday night’s show.

Together, they make “tour de Fort” one more reason why Fort Frances is such a great community in which to live. And with passports already on sale for its 14th season, let’s hope it remains a mainstay here for many more years to come.

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