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The Picton Gazette

Jail N Bail brings in $6,000 for Legion Branch 78 Community members asked to bring in funds or spend time behind bars

The Regent Theatre will have a roaring ‘20s this Saturday night as it welcomes the 11-piece Wintergarten Orchestra. Well-known actor Ted Atherton and singer Tanya Wills front a group that includes a trumpetist, a woodwinds player, a percussionist, a pianist, a helicon player, a banjo and guitar player, and two violists as they play preswing era hits.

CHAD IBBOTSON STAFF WRITER

Jail was the place to be this weekend. At least it was for the duration of the Picton Legion's Jail N Bail fundraiser held on Saturday afternoon. The fundraiser brought in approximately $6,000. The day featured a barbecue, raffles, and draws, all in support of the Legion and its yearly initiatives, as well as live music from county band Long Reach. Accused residents were notified of their crimes via a summons and were forced to raise their bail money or else. Presiding over those accused was District F3 commander Buck Buchanan, who switched between the “good judge� fedora for the lighter offenders and the “bad judge� army helmet for the more hardened criminals. Of course, it was all done in fun with the crimes being of a dubious nature. One such offender — a canine criminal — was handed a summons for mooching cookies in the Legion. Such treachery earned the pooch a $100 fine.

Wintergarten Orchestra brings music of 1920s and 1930s to Regent Theatre

JAILED Residents had a good time being put behind bars at Saturday afternoon’s Jail N Bail fundraiser at the Picton Legion. The fundraiser featured live music, raffles, and a barbecue . The event raised approximately $6,000, which will support the Legion and its initiatives.(Chad Ibbotson/Gazette staff)

Legion past-president Ted Taylor said the Jail N Bail fundraiser was reintroduced last year and is one of four main summer events. “We send summons out to members and friends in the community, and businesses and they raise funds through their employees and other people,� he said. “They usually end up thrown in jail even if they have the money.�

Taylor said the event is one Legion members seem to enjoy. “It's a good fundraiser, people have a good time at it and that's what's important,� he said. The weather was perfect as the crowd gathered on the Legion lawn. Taylor said the funds raised would help the Legion pay the bills as well as commit donations to community organizations

such as the cadets. “It's a fun thing, kind of a kickoff to spring — it's been a long winter,� he said. “The weather is good, we're having a good time.� Legion first vice-president Diane Kennedy agreed. “Everybody gets a summons for one reason or another, something they did during the year, you know, you lost your shorts,� she laughed.

The orchestra, under the direction of Bill Beecroft, has played a regular gig at Toronto’s C’est What Bistro and it recently finished a one-night engagement at the Ritz-Carlton. Tickets for Saturday’s show are $29 or $25 each for groups of 10. To book, visit the Regent Theatre box office or call 613-476-8416. -Staff

THANK YOU! Thanks to the generous support of County residents and visitors, the Auxiliary’s May 29th Tag Day was a great success! Our volunteers raised just over $4,600. The Auxiliary will top up the amount to $5,000, to purchase a vital signs monitor which will be used in the Emergency Department of our Picton Hospital.

YOUR GENEROSITY IS MUCH APPRECIATED. Thank you also to the organizers of this annual event, and to all the Auxiliary members who took time to sell tags, make food and help our Treasurer, and to St. Andrew’s Church, Picton, for their generous offer of the church as our headquarters for the day.

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