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Margaret Knott's What's New on Frontenac Islands articles appear with the kind permission of the The Kingston Heritage Newspaper.

What's New on Frontenac Islands

July 06, 2017

One Good Thing After Another on Wolfe Island

Wolfe Island was alive with activity, with people, with music, food , horses and most important of all, a spirit of excitement in advance of Canada Day 150. On June, 27nd (Multicultural Day in Canada), a Strawberry Social was held at both island schools , Marysville Public and Sacred Heart Catholic. According to a WI Network face book entry regarding the Strawberry Social event, “Aboriginal people celebrate Strawberry Moon in June as a time of reconciliation, a time of letting go of judgement and of self-righteousness, a time of welcoming everyone regardless of differences.” The social was a time of teaching through stories, music and dance with special guests and the ‘ Highland Metis & Fiddlers Demonstration’ . The students and staff formed two groups and joined 4 different activities organized for them. The event organizer was Kelly Maracle, Indigenous Student Support & Engagement person at the Limestone District School Board, and well known to the island community. The social gave pause for thought.
Earlier that week the Lake Ontario Waterkeeper’s ‘Kingston and WI Cultural Festival’ running from June 23- Aug. 12, th held their opening ceremony which included a Musical Showcase at the General Wolfe Inn, now under new ownership. Rain poured and music played. The “Lit” Festival to be held outdoors at Brophy’s Point the next morning was cancelled due to wet weather. But many activities and challenges are underway during the coming days including the Haunted Walk of Kingston, Waterfront Edition Wed. July 12th 8 pm. Check out for further events.
There was music as well at the WI Grill with people arriving off the ferry, umbrellas in hand and without vehicles. The bright lights, and the many boats anchored around the patios at the General Wolfe Inn and The Grill, cast a welcome glow. At The Grill it was an occasion for owner, Casey Fisher, (also of The Mansion in Kingston), and founder of WI Spring Craft Brewery, with brewery partner Brew Master René Ziegelmaier, to presents the brewery’s inaugural products, ‘Billy Bishop Red’, ‘Lighthouse Lager’, ‘Orange White’ and ‘Wolfenstein Cannon Ball’ ales..
The Stone Heron Gallery owned by Pat Sanford opened for another season in the Township Community Hall. The Gallery is home to a number of well known local artists. It is accessible, and open Thursday to Monday, 10 am to 5 pm.
And then it was July 1st Canada Day. The previous day and throughout the evening horse trailers and house trailers began arriving for the ‘4th Annual Round Up’ held at the WI Community Centre Grounds. This 2 day event involves two riders, sorting a handful of cattle. You don’t have to be an experienced rodeo rider or even a ranch hand to be a part of this exciting sport. It’s all about team work. The event includes a Youth Class. The grounds were full with many returning participants. This major event is planned and offered by Islanders Erin and Rob White, and family. Following a full day of events. a steak dinner was served to all the participants under the roof of the WI Rink prepared on site by a team of volunteers led by Yvonne Compton. The ‘Round Up’ is a community event and has exceeded more than 90 participants and 300 teams. It has many sponsors and is welcomed by local businesses and this rural community. And as a Rob and Erin would say, “Thanks for coming. See you next year.”
There was a Canada Day Pancake Breakfast held at the WI United Church, decked out for the occasion with Canadian flags and decorations. More than 250 people attended, including Mayor Doyle and his wife Betty. They have dropped in, or attended, all of the events which make up part of the important summer tourism season on the island
Mayor Doyle also cut the ribbon at the formal opening the General Wolfe Inn’s new waterside patio, and also welcomed the reopening of the Inn, “This place means a lot to Islanders. We are glad to see it open and welcoming again.”
On July 2nd the 37th annual WI Classic Road Race was held with close to 200 participants. It was competing with many others around Kingston. It, as well as the Kiddie Kilometre, started from the Inn’s new patio and ended as it always does by the water where medals were presented. Thanks to all the many volunteers and to the Timing Service that pitched in. The Race is a fund raiser for WI Medical Clinic. In 2018 the Classic will be held on Sunday, July 8th to avoid competing with other races.
Planning a visit to Marysville? Leave your car. Walk on the ferry. Enjoy the village, and the ferry ride home.
Around Town: There is a Wonderful Canada 150 Birthday sign at the MacDonald Farm, Road #96. The Family goes back to the May Flower ** Big Sandy Bay remains closed..* Ferry lineups are becoming longer and longer. Please, Minister Del Duca, any relief in sight?

Posted by M Knott at 10:47 AM