5:30 p.m., June 3)
weather fails to dampen community spirit at pair of events
By Fred Sherwin
Théa and Mikaela Desjardins get ready to set
out on the Blackburn Fun Fair parade in Saturday.
steady drizzle was not the forecast Orléans Festival president
Marc Poirier wanted to hear on Saturday, but while the
weather may have dampened attendance at the three day
event this weekend it did not dampen the spirits of the
many performers or the audience.
day started out with a sing-a-long with Uncle Jack and
Auntie Louis which had the young audience in full voice.
The God Keep Our Land gospel show enthused the crowd with
the Holy Spirit and Ottawa Valley songstress Gail Gavin
had her audience tapping their feet.
top notch entertainment also included the Nimroy Brothers,
the Al Woods and the Woodsmen Blues Jam, Tracteur Jack,
and the Born Ruffians.
entertainment included the Orleans Young Players children's
production of "Who Are the Dwarves", a Bollywood
workshop and a Taste of Orléans which gave the public
a chance to sample food from a variety of local restaurants.
wet weather did little to dampen the spirits of the particpants
in this year's Blackburn Fun Fair parade or the few hundred
people who came out to cheer them on along the parade
and unbrellas were the order of the day as the parade
meandered its way down Bearbrook Road from Ecole secondaire
Louis-Riel to the Fun Fair site in Blackburn Park.
group of pre-schoolers led the parade which also included
members of the 1st Blackburn Scout Group; the staff, children
and parents fromt the Children's Universe Daycare; and
students from Glen Ogilvie Public School.
MP Royal Galipeau was also in the queue with his wife
Anne on a bicycle built for two.
at the park, the younger parade-goers ignored the rain
drops as they rode on one of the midway attractions.
sun eventually managed to poke through the dark skies
later in the day, which helped bring out a few more people
to enjoy the two community events.
Orléans Festival and the Blackburn Fun Fair kick off a
busy month in the east end. This Saturday, Petrie Island
will play host to the SOAR Beach Volleyball Tournament,
while Orléans Blvd. will be converted into a soap box
derby track for the 7th Annual Orleans Soap Box Derby
which gest underway at 9 a.m.
Orleans Old Players will also be presenting their comedy
prodcution of "Invasion of the Cod Snatchers"
this weekend with performances on Friday and Saturday
at 7:30 p.m. A special matinee performance will be held
on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for Adults and
$5 for students.
annual Caribvibe celebration will be held on Petrie Island
the following weekend as thousands of revellers descend
on Orléans from as far away as Montreal and Toronto. The
event gets underway Friday, July 6at noon.
16th is also the date for this year's Navan Street Dance
featuring the popular Ottawa band Ambush. The music will
kick off under the Domes at 8 p.m.Tickets $10 in advance
or $15 at the gate.
from Glen Ogilvie Public School march in the
Blackburn Fun Fair parade on Saturday. Fred
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business
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