The artistic element of Cornwall Waterfest, held over the weekend, was a feast for the senses. Pictured is performance artist Laura Leah Fortin, who
created a painting, while her father, Peter Fortin, performed live music on the Waterfest Stage. Interpretive dancers from Dance Corps, are pictured in
the background. The painting, depicting a nature scene, will be auctioned off at an upcoming open-mic music event at The Grind, benefitting the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Date to be announced.
The weather was more than ideal, this past weekend, as the fourth annual Cornwall Waterfest, benefitting the Heart and Stroke Foundation, was held on
and by the beautiful St Lawrence River. The jam-packed event of sport, art, and music, was everything it was billed to be.
"We couldn't have asked for a better weekend said, Cindy Rowe, area branch manager, Heart and Stroke Foundation. I think every single person who was
there really enjoyed themselves."
"The dragon boat races were a great hit," said Rowe. "The final two races of the sport and community divisions saw lots of excitement, with spectators
lining the canal banks watching the races."
Eleven teams participated, on Saturday, with the Ottawa police team winning the sport divisions in a photo finish over the local Emard Brothers team,
and with team NavCanada taking the community division.
The 7k water run, held on Sunday, was won by Devon MacDonald (men's
division) and Emma Saaltink (women's division).
"The strong man competition also had a great turn out," said Rowe. "I'm always amazed at how fun it is to watch them flipping those big tires."
Results were not immediately available.
The two-day Artfest portion of the festival was also a great success, with close to 100 artists, dancers, musicians and more.
"We had a fantastic weekend, the weather, the people, the music, incredible," said Kate Dwyer, coordinator or the Artfest portion of the festival.
"Seeing the smiles on everyone's faces as they experienced the many facets of Waterfest will keep me smiling for weeks to come. Every year we are
learning more and growing this incredible event; looking forward to next year."
"I loved the vibe of the festival, it felt very grassroots with hippie flare," said Chuck Leclair, Waterfest Stage entertainment coordinator.
"Musicians, artisans, vendors, athletes and volunteers mingled all weekend and came together to give Cornwall something unique for a good cause. Thanks
to all who came out and enjoyed Cornwall's true beauty."
The Dragon Egg Drop winners included Helen Dawkes-Brown, $1000; Chris Bergeron, $500; and Debbie Lee Locey, $250.
Many thanks to all of those involved, said Rowe, who estimated the amount raised over the weekend to be approximately $8,000. "The event was run by an
incredible group of volunteers, led by event chair, Johanna Murray."
For further information and results of the competitions, visit www.cornwallwaterfest.com.