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Updated - 26-Jul-2016

Congratulatory Scrolls

Is someone you know celebrating a milestone birthday, anniversary or other special event?  Please see the Scrolls page for details on which levels of government provide congratulations.

 
Planning a Major Special Event?

Are you planning on holding a public event, festival and/or parade within the Township of Rideau Lakes? Would your event be involved in having a sale on a roadway or vacant lot? Could your event possibly block traffic? Would there be excessive litter? Are you offering an exhibition held for hire or gain?

Then you need to obtain a Festival License as per By-Law 2007-19. These licenses need to be obtained a minimum of 2 months before your event from the Clerk.

Completed Festival Licence application forms which should include letters of support from the OPP, Health Unit, Insurance, Fire and Emergency, site plans, etc., and must be received by the Clerk 1 month prior to the actual event.

If you are not sure, and you need to clarify what category your event falls under, please contact Mary Ellen Truelove, Clerk 1-800-928-2250 Ext 293 or email mtruelove@twprideaulakes.on.ca.


TOWN CRIER

The Town Crier, David Boyd, is available to attend Township sponsored events and by private arrangement to participate in commercial and charitable functions.
For details see the Town Crier Page

On Going Events:

BINGO every Monday night at the Westport Legion and Thursday night at the Elgin Lions Hall. Doors open at 6:00pm.  

BRIDGE every Tuesday at 1:00pm at the Elgin Municipal Complex.  Info 613-359-6192. 

COFFEE DROP-IN: Throughout the Township come and enjoy a bit of social fun! Bring your latest craft project, a deck of cards or just yourself.  Children are welcome.  Donations appreciated.  Every Monday morning from 8am to 10:30am at the Delta United Church - call Pat Philips 613-928-2712; Tuesday mornings in Morton - Morton Mug - contact Linda Gamble 613-387-3799; every Wednesday morning from 10am to Noon at the Newboro Community Hall call Andi 613-272-5335 or Joan 613-272-2393; Thursday mornings at the Portland Community Hall contact Betty James 613-272-2461and every Friday morning at the Elgin Municipal Complex Community Hall from 9:30am - call Linda Carr 613-272-2227.  

COMMUNITY LUNCH first Friday of the month at the Elgin Municipal Complex - soup and sandwiches - contact Linda Carr 613-272-2227 and the 4th Tuesday of every month at the Portland United Church Noon to 1pm call 613-272-2002 for details.

COMMUNITY BREAKFAST every 4th Tuesday at the Harmony Lodge in Philipsville starting at 8:00am. Sponsored by the Philipsville Masons, everyone is welcome. Contact Ross Hawkins for information 613-359-5833.  

COMMUNITY SHOPPING BUS sponsored through the Portland Seniors Club leaves for the local shopping mall in Kingston every 2nd Tuesday of the month.  Call Vicki at 613-272-2676 to reserve your seat.  Cost $15.00 return trip.  Not just for seniors!  All ages welcome.

EUCHRE is played Monday afternoons at the South Elmsley Community Hall (Marie Jordan at 613-283-4035), Tuesdays afternoons at the Elgin Municipal Complex Community Room (Doug Summers 613-359-5744), Wednesday evenings at the North Crosby Community Hall (6 hand) (Jim Mulville 613-273-3008), Thursday evenings at the Westport Legion (Trish Purdon 613-273-7017) and at the Delta Legion every Friday at 7pm (Pat Philips 2712).  Forfar Euchre is every Friday at 7:30pm in the hall.

HAMBURGER FRIDAY begins May 6th on every Friday until the end of Sept. 12pm-2pm burger, sausage, hot dogs and fries available every week. Royal Canadian Legion Upper Rideau Branch #542, Westport.

PICKLEBALL Tuesday and Thursday mornings at Shillingston Park in North Crosby.  Equipment is available for beginners to try their hand at the game.  Come for some fun, outdoor play and exercise!  Everyone is welcome.  Call Jan at 613-273-3839 or Don at 613-273-9178.

PICKLEBALL is now in NEWBORO at Lorne Park behind the canteen building on the old tennis courts.  Join us every Monday, Wednesday or Friday morning.  Everyone is welcome.  Call Jan at 613-273-3839 or Don at 613-273-9178.

SPAGHETTI DINNERS 1st Friday of every month at the Portland Legion; 2nd Friday at the Elgin Lions Hall and also combine their very popular Quiz Night with the spaghetti dinner (teams of 6 start the game at 7pm) and the 3rd Friday is at the Westport (North Crosby) Legion.

VIBE: Venturing in Biblical Education, every Wednesday from April 13, 2016 – December 7, 2016.  Elgin United Church 10 am & Portland United Church 7 pm. Contact Rev. Takouhi (613) 272-8977 or RevTakouhi@Terrautopia.ca



REGISTRATION

REGISTRATION for Youth Soccer and Ball, Spring Recreational Dance Classes, Rideau Lakes Day Camp and more begin in March and April. Don’t disappoint your child - make sure you register well before the deadline – some of these programs filled quickly in 2015 and are bound to be as popular again this season! Registration Form here



JULY 2016
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CANADA DAY -

July 1

 

July 1 - PORTLAND:  BIG RIDEAU LAKE ASSOCIATION presents Canada Day Fireworks from Cow Island (dusk) near Portland.  View by water or land (Hanna Park on Water Street in Portland is an excellent spot to see this wonderful celebration!) Donations appreciated. Check their web site for complete details at www.bigrideaulakeassociation.com

WESTPORT:  Bicycle Parade, Children’s Activities, Canteen, Music, Fireworks and more at WESTPORT LIONS BEACH starting at 2:50pm sponsored by the North Crosby Recreation Committee. Program Here.

CHAFFEY’S LOCKS from 11 to 2 hot dogs and live music at the locks.

NEWBORO starting at 7pm for their parade and fireworks sponsored by the Newboro Recreation Committee Financial support provided by Celebrate Canada/ Canadian Heritage.

 

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STUDIO AND GARDEN TOUR

July 1-3

 

July 1 to 3 - The 18th RIDEAU LAKES STUDIO AND GARDEN TOUR While prowling the nooks and crannies of the Rideau Lakes area this summer looking for that special something to take home, be sure to check out the gems to be found on this year’s Rideau Lakes Studio and Garden Tour.  This tour is one of the longest running and most popular tours in Eastern Ontario.  The Tour continues to attract new artists while maintaining a core of favorites.  Located in the heart of the Rideau Lakes district concentrated around the villages of Portland, Philipsville and Chaffey's Locks, the 2016 tour will be held on the Canada Day Weekend, Friday and Saturday, July 1st  and 2nd, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, July 3rd from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. At some studios you will meet surprise guest artists who are unadvertised but are invited by their hosts. The goal is to have more than one artist at a stop to make your tour experience more enjoyable. You will find paintings, candles, pottery, cast stone sculptures, weaving and woodworking for your home and garden. Enjoy great lunches at the local churches.  Free brochures guiding you through the tour are available at most area stores, restaurants and welcome centres. For more information contact Sherry Rogers 613-928-3041or visit our website at www.rideaulakesstudioandgardentour.com.

 

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DELTA MILL MILLING DEMONSTRATION

July 2

 

July 2 - OLD STONE MILL in DELTA - MILLING DEMONSTRATION - The mill stones will start turning at 1 pm, grinding heritage wheat into flour.  Come on out and see how top quality flour is made.  For more information see www.deltamill.org

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FAMILY FISHING WEEK

July 2-10

 

ONTARIO FAMILY FISHING WEEK July 2 - 10 (12:01 a.m. Friday to 11:59 p.m. Sunday) are designated as OFFW license-free fishing days. Fish license-free! Take a friend fishing! Ontario Family Fishing Weekend (OFFW) events make it easy to try fishing in Ontario waters for the first time (or the first time in a long time). The government of Ontario designates several days during which Canadian residents can fish license-free in any water body where fishing is allowed. During all other periods, most Canadian residents between the ages of 18 and 64 years must purchase an OUTDOORS card and a fishing license to legally fish in Ontario.

 

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STRAWBERRY SOCIAL

July 3

 

July 3 - FORFAR STRAWBERRY SOCIAL Sunday starting at 4:30pm until sold out Forfar Community Hall, County Road 42 Includes ham, scalloped potatoes, corn, salad and roll with strawberries and ice cream for dessert. Cost - Adults: $15, Children (5-12): $5, Under 5: free.  Take outs available. For more info, call Pauline French at 613-272-0231 or Peggy Bond at 613-272-2252.

 

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VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL - PORTLAND

July 4-8

 

July 4-8 - Elgin-Portland Pastoral Charge Invites ALL Children and Youth Ages 5-13 to VBS (VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL) at Portland United Church. ADMISSION IS FREE. REGISTRATION BY JUNE 29 IS APPRECIATED.  For more Info or to register, please contact the church office at (613) 272-2002 or EPUC@kingston.net

 

 

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VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL - DELTA

July 4-8

 

July 4 - 8 - TREASURING COMMUNITY

Monday through Friday July 4-8, 9:30-11:55 am at Delta Baptist Church, Vacation Bible School for children ages 4-14. Participate in making crafts, enjoy singing and drama, learn from Bible characters, play teamwork-building games, and dig into tasty snacks. For more information call Brian at 613-928-2963 or email deltabaptist@gmail.com

 

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RIDEAU LAKES HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY

July 6

 

July 6 - RIDEAU LAKES HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY presents a group tour to the Herb Garden, Art Gallery and Boutique and Brantsim County Gardens, Almonte.  Contact Ross at 613-273-7492 or by email at rosscarr@kingston.net for details.

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ELGIN DAYS

July 8-10

 

 

 

 

July 8 - 10 - ELGIN DAYS Starting Friday night the Elgin Lions offer a Quiz Night and Spaghetti Dinner.  Then beginning Saturday morning participate in the traditional village-wide yard sale and enjoy various other activities from music, BBQ’s, special vendors, a 2pm Parade - this year’s theme is MEDIEVAL TIMES, bake sales, children’s activities, morning coffee drop-in at the Elgin Municipal Complex, Bethel Church free pancake breakfast and special activities for the whole family. Children’s Dragon-Fly Passport activity, Elgin Lions Saturday outdoor music and beer tent, antique car/motorcycle display, evening firefighters' chicken BBQ (at the Lions Hall) and on Sunday in the afternoon at the Elgin Lions Hall take your chance at Bingo followed by an evening fish fry and at the Elgin Municipal Complex an Ecumenical Worship Celebration at 7pm.  Watch for information on the Township web site, the Elgin Days Facebook Page and through the local newspapers.

 

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ART IN THE BARN at Lombardy Fair Grounds

July 8-10

 

2016 ART IN THE BARN SHOW & SALE - July 8-10 at Lombardy Fair Grounds.  Open Friday night 5-8pm, Sat/Sun 10am to 4pm.

New Artists, New Art, New Silent Auction, New Food Vendor, People's Choice Awards!

Free Admission and Free Parking, just south of Smiths Falls on Hwy 15.  www.rideaulakesartists.com

 

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150th LOMBARDY FAIR PARADE

July 9

  150th LOMBARDY FAIR PARADE - Smiths Falls, July 9, 2016 at 1 p.m.
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LEEDS CHINA PAINTERS SHOW

July 9&10

 

July 9 & 10 - LEEDS CHINA PAINTERS ANNUAL SHOW & SALE at the Forfar Community Hall, Forfar, ON. Saturday from 10 to 4 and Sunday from 11 to 4.  Works by the club's artists will be on display in the Hall. Find unique gifts in porcelain, watercolours, glass, silk and jewellery. For more information please contact Marion (613) 359-5292 or Linda at 613-283-8851.

 

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NORTH CROSBY HERITAGE FESTIVAL

July 16

 

 July 16 - NORTH CROSBY COMMUNITY “HERITAGE FESTIVAL” at the North Crosby Community Centre 10am to 4pm, music, BBQ, heritage displays, demonstrations, children’s “old fashioned” games, storytelling and more. Join us as we explore the history of North Crosby, Westport and Newboro.  Share your personal artifacts for others to enjoy.  Check the Heritage Day Facebook page for a “trivia contest” and details of this event. Contact Barb Lavoie for more information or to bring your items to this event 613-273-8177 belavoie@kingston.net 

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DELTA FAIR

July 21-24

 

July 21 - 24 - DELTA FAIR Come and celebrate 186 years of the Delta Fair over four continuous days of fun.  Located in the heart of Delta on the Agricultural grounds at 110 Mill Creek Drive in Delta. Enjoy the thrill of the World's Finest Shows midway.  There will be something for everyone including Agricultural Displays and Home Crafts Exhibits.  There will be Live Entertainment on the main grandstand throughout the Fair. Every day will include Children Activities such as the Mini King and Mini Queen Pageant, children races and a petting zoo.  Delta Fair also will host the announcement of the Citizen of the Year as well as the Youth Award of Excellence.  The four days will also be filled with a Horse Draw, livestock shows, a tractor pull and lawn mower races.  Watch for advance sales for admission and midway passes.  For more information please go to our website www.deltafair.com, call us at 613-928-2800 or email at deltafair@ripnet.com 

 

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DELTA MILL MILLING DEMONSTRATION

July 23

 

July 23 - OLD STONE MILL in DELTA MILL - MILLING DEMONSTRATION - helping to celebrate the 186th Delta Fair (July 21 to July 24), the mill stones will start turning at 1 pm, grinding heritage wheat into flour.  Come on out and see how top quality flour is made.  For more information see www.deltamill.org

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150th LOMBARDY FAIR

July 29-August 1

 

 

 

 

 

July 29 - August 1 - 150th LOMBARDY FAIR Proudly celebrating 150 years of Country Hospitality with Something for Everyone!  The attractive white buildings and all those bright orange roofs have become a local landmark for area residents as well as travelers on Hwy 15. Over the last 30 plus years at this location the Lombardy Fair has grown and expanded to act as a bench mark for other fairs in Ontario. The Lombardy Fair has set high standards for itself and will continue to provide country hospitality, entertainment and agricultural education, for the whole family, whether they have rural or urban roots. At the Fair enjoy Produce, Home Craft, Local School, and Handcraft displays. Take in the Agricultural Showcase. For the western horse enthusiast, there are Ranch Competitions (Sat) and Extreme Cowboy Races (Sun.). Simply charming is the Junior Fair Ambassador Contest Show (Fri.) and Baby Show (Sun.).    

     For lots of excitement, we offer Pig Scrambles, Kids Tractor Pulls, as well as lots of exciting events and exhibits in the Livestock Pavilion. Take in the beloved Demolition Derby on Friday evening; Antique Tractor, Farm Stock and Lawn & Garden Tractor Pull and Modified Class on Saturday afternoon; 4x4 Truck Pulls and Modified Class (open to all local pullers) on Sunday afternoon. The ever-popular Annual 4-H Horse Show & Brush up on Your Skills Day; 4-H Club Dairy Achievement Day and the Horse and Pony Pull rounds off the four day fair.

     Like it a little quieter? Sit and enjoy yourself in our beautiful tree-shaded park complete with picnic tables where you can enjoy on-going entertainment of a wide variety on the park stage every afternoon. Top entertainment will be featured on Saturday.

     As the Lombardy Agricultural Society is celebrating its 150th anniversary, our volunteers are very busy creating some extra special events to help us celebrate. Check out our website and FaceBook page for updates

     Information: Phone 613-284-2640; Hall Rentals: Louise Blair - 613-207-0424 or rentals@lasfair.ca; Website: www.lombardyfair.ca. Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/LombardyFair

 

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DELTA MILL MILLING DEMONSTRATION

July 30

 

July 30 - OLD STONE MILL in DELTA - MILLING DEMONSTRATION - The mill stones will start turning at 1 pm, grinding heritage wheat into flour.  Come on out and see how top quality flour is made.  For more information see www.deltamill.org

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CHAFFEYS LOCK CRAFT MARKET

July 30

 

July 30 - CHAFFEYS LOCKS ANNUAL CRAFT MARKET on the lawns of the Opinicon from 8am to 4pm.  Contact Tricia for more details at tricia.day.acton@gmail.com

 

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CHICKEN BBQ - PORTLAND

July 30

 

July 30 - Annual CHICKEN BBQ at the Portland Community Hall sponsored by the Portland Hall Board.  Info contact Doug at doug.good.rideaulakes@gmail.com or 613-272-5078.

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FISH FRY - DELTA

July 30

 

July 30 - FISH FRY IN DELTA - There will be a Fish Fry at the Old Town Hall in Delta, from 4 pm to 6 pm, featuring Mike Mundell's tasty fish, chips, coleslaw plus a homemade dessert.  For more information see www.deltamill.org

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ECUMENICAL CHURCH SERVICE - PORTLAND

July 31

 

July 31 - ECUMENICAL CHURCH SERVICE at Hanna Park in Portland on the Big Rideau Lake just before sunset (7:00pm).  All are welcome - bring your lawn chair!  Refreshments in the Portland United Church following the service.

AUGUST 2016
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CIVIC HOLIDAY

August 1

 

AUGUST 1 - CIVIC HOLIDAY

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HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY

August 3

 

August 3 - RIDEAU LAKES HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY presents speakers from the Rideau Lakes Birders to discuss attracting Birds and Other Critters to Your Garden starting at 7:15pm at the Portland Community Hall. All Welcome! ($5.00 admission for non-members.)

 

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CHAFFEYS LOCK & AREA HERITAGE SOCIETY AGM

August 13

 

  August 13 - ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE CHAFFEYS LOCKS AND AREA HERITAGE SOCIETY AT THE COMMUNITY HALL, 7pm.  Contact Dave Brown at 613-359-5820 for more information or email him at dave@brownsmarina.com
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DELTA MILL MILLING DEMONSTRATION

August 20

 

August 20 - OLD STONE MILL in DELTA MILL - MILLING DEMONSTRATION - The mill stones will start turning at 1 pm, grinding heritage wheat into flour.  Come on out and see how top quality flour is made.  For more information see www.deltamill.org

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DELTA MILL FUNDRAISING DINNER

August 20

 

August 20 - OLD STONE MILL in DELTA MILL - A fundraising dinner will be held in the Old Town Hall.  Great food and entertainment, 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.  For more information see www.deltamill.org

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BOAT TOUR OF THE BIG RIDEAU

August 24

 

August 24 - Historic BOAT TOUR of the BIG RIDEAU sponsored by the Bastard and South Burgess Historical Society.  Depart the Government Docks at 1:00pm and tour past the numerous bays and islands, heritage cottages and rustic shorelines.  Return around 4:30pm.  Limited seating so book early!  Contact Doug Bond for details 613-272-2252.

 

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GARDEN SHOW - ELGIN

August 27

 

August 27 - RIDEAU LAKES HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY BIENNIAL GARDEN SHOW at the Elgin Municipal Complex.  Open to exhibitors from 7:30 - 9:30am and then open to the public from 2 - 4pm.  Free!

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BEEF BBQ - ELGIN

August 28

 

August 28 – ANNUAL BEEF BBQ at Elgin Lions Hall 5:00 – 6:30 pm, sponsored by Elgin United Church.  Adults $12.50, Children 12 and under $5

 

SEPTEMBER 2016
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DELTA MILL MILLING DEMONSTRATION

September 3

 

September 3 - OLD STONE MILL in DELTA MILL - MILLING DEMONSTRATION - The mill stones will start turning at 1 pm, grinding heritage wheat into flour.  Come on out and see how top quality flour is made.  For more information see www.deltamill.org

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LABOUR DAY

September 5

 

September 5 - LABOUR DAY

 

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BACK TO SCHOOL

September 6

 

September 6 - BACK TO SCHOOL!

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HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY

September 7

 

September 7 - RIDEAU LAKES HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY presents speakers Francois and Alison Scheuermann - The Art of Growing Grapes for Wine starting at 7:15pm at the Portland Community Hall. All Welcome! ($5.00 admission for non-members)

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FAMILY DAY -  SMITHS FALLS

September 10

 

September 10 - All Ways Moving presents Family Day 11am to 6pm at The Gallipeau Centre, 361 Queen St, Smiths Falls.  A free fun day for the whole family in support of our First Responders.  Fun activities including live entertainment, a dunk tank, BBQ, sumo suits and more! Contact info:  shannon@creativerelationsplanners.com

613-283-2697 Ext 4

 

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TERRY FOX RUN -ELGIN

September 18

 

September 18 - Annual TERRY FOX RUN in Elgin - contact any Lions member for information or email Ross at rossahawk@sympatico.ca

 

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NATURAL HISTORY BUS TOUR

September 18

 

September 18 - ANNUAL NATURAL HISTORY BUS TOUR, departing from Crosby at 1:00pm touring some of the geological and landscape features along Highway 15 here in the keystone of the Rideau.  Sponsored by the Bastard and South Burgess Historical Society.  Bus fills quickly!  Contact Doug Bond (613) 272-2252 for reservations.

 

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BEEF SUPPER - ELGIN

September 25

 

September 25 - ANNUAL BEEF SUPPER at the Elgin Lions Hall starting at 4:30pm

OCTOBER 2016
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DELTA HARVEST FESTIVAL

October 1

 

October 1 - DELTA HARVEST FESTIVAL – Delta will be celebrating the fall harvest with activities throughout the village.  The day starts at 8:00 am with a hearty Harvest Breakfast in the Old Town Hall.  This will be followed by all sorts of activities in the Old Town Hall, the Old Stone Mill, the Fairgrounds, the Fire Hall Museum and other spots in Delta with food vendors, children’s activities, music by The Run of the Mill, led by Judy Longstreet, blacksmithing demonstrations, milling demonstrations, a bread baking contest, a book sale and more.  Come to Delta and celebrate the harvest.  For more information see www.deltamill.org

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HARVEST CELEBRATION - ELGIN

October 2

 

 

October 2 – HARVEST CELEBRATION at Elgin Lions Hall 5:00 – 6:30 pm, Sponsored by Elgin United Church.  Adults $12.50 Children 12 and under $5

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CEMETERY TOUR

October TBD

 

October Date TBD - TOUR SEVERAL HISTORIC CEMETERIES of Bastard Township - book with Joyce Gunnewiek 613-359-5071 or Doug Bond 613-272-2252 - sponsored by the Bastard and South Burgess Historical Society.

NOVEMBER 2016
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RURAL RECREATION SUMMIT

November TBD

 

November Date TBD - RURAL RECREATION ASSOCIATION ANNUAL SUMMIT Contact Sue for details 1-800-928-2250.

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NATIONAL SPORT JERSEY DAY

November 18

 

November 18 - NATIONAL SPORT JERSEY DAY

 

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CELEBRATING THE SEASON - DELTA

November 19-December 17

 

November 19 - December 17 - CELEBRATING THE SEASON every Saturday night enjoy walking amongst decorative lights and seasonal displays at Lower Beverley Lake Park and enjoy a home-made dinner at the United Church.  Wagon rides available.  Contact William at bevlake@ripnet.com

 

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WESTPORT SANTA CLAUS PARADE

November 26

 

November 26 - WESTPORT SANTA CLAUS PARADE

       


 

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