CORNWALL, Ontario - Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water, the dragon boats are back for a fun-filled weekend in support of a great cause.
The 2013 edition of Cornwall Waterfest, benefiting the Heart and Stroke Foundation, will be held on Saturday and Sunday, August 17 and 18, with a jam packed schedule. “There is something for everyone said,” event chair, Johanna Murray.
The weekend starts off, at 9 am, with dragon boat races and strongman competitions, on Saturday, followed by, the 7k Water Run, the Walk for Heart, and the Dragon Egg drop, on Sunday.
The Artfest market makes a return this year to the festival with 40 local artists and artisans exhibiting their hand-made creations.
“There’s a little bit of everything again this year,” said Kate Dwyer, Artfest coordinator, “Painters, recyclers, jewelers, stained glass, vinyl work, driftwood art - a good broad selection. I think we’re going to have a great turn out.”
Throughout the weekend the market has also on its schedule a number of demonstrations including kayaking, Hula hoop demos, dance, Tai Chi, drumming, and a cooking demo from the Dairy Farmers. There will also be food vendors on site.
New this year, the Waterfest Stage will feature a great line-up of local musical entertainment.
On Saturday, from 11 am to 1 pm, there will be a youth open mic showcase. “These are performers who have participated at the Grind Café and Limelight Music Academy,” said Chuck Leclair, entertainment coordinator.
The entertainment continues on into the evening with singer/songwriter, solo duo and trio acts, including, Keegan Larose at 1pm; Chris Benton at 2pm; Stephanie Coleman at 3pm; Ryan O’Neil and Amanda Leger at 4pm; Roxanne Delage and Marc Carriere at 5pm; Tracy Lalonde at 6pm; and The Normans (Jamie Heath and Chuck Leclair) at 7pm.
On Sunday, beginning at 10 am, Candy Provost and Tammy McCrae, will lead a mass audience singing of Hallelujah and Amazing Grace, followed by Peter John Fortin, at 11am, with a live paining during his performance by daughter Laura Leah Fortin; children’s performer and story teller, Pat Jamieson and closing off the line-up and all-ages acoustic open mic showcase from 1pm to 4pm, including six local churches performing their favourite spirituals.
Waterfest will be held in the empty field at the base of the power dam on Second Street West. Bring your blankets, chairs and anything else you need, and spend some time by the beautiful river.
For further information or to register for any of the events, visit www.cornwallwaterfest.com or contact the Heart and Stroke Foundation office at 613-938-8933.