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Hop over to third annual Kinburn Swampfest Aug. 24 -26 Jim Armstrong
EMC events - The 3rd annual Kinburn Swampfest end of summer festival will be held from Aug. 24-26. The live music festival features some of the best entertainers in the Ottawa Valley, from classic country to alternative rock. There will be expanded entertainment and other activities for kids of all ages, including a marketplace for local vendors and organizations. With campgrounds and motel/hotel accommodation within 20 minutes of the festival, and Parliament Hill only 50 minutes away, Swampfest can easily be an affordable one-day or evening outing, a weekend get-away or part of a longer holiday in the National Capital Region. The festival kicks off on Friday evening, Aug. 24, with the Mick Armitage Band, one of the top musical groups in the Ottawa Valley. Louis Schreyer and his daughter Kaitlyn, two of the best fiddlers the valley has to offer,
will also be appearing with the band. A special guest with the band will be Peter White from Hemet, California. At 82 years of age, he is one of the best traditional harmonica players around, and will be a real crowd pleaser. Friday evening also features a “black light” teen dance for nine to 14-yearolds in the community centre from 7:45-9:45 p.m., hosted by Youth Connexion. On Saturday, the gates open at noon and the live music starts at 2 p.m. The entertainers will include fiddlers and step dancers Kyle Felhaver and Becky Reid from Arnprior; Neil McDaniel from Cape Breton Island; Steve Stacey and Stephanie Stacey from Carp; Jeanika Benoit, a young and very talented singer from Arnprior; Kinburn’s own fiddler and stepdancer Cindy Thompson; Adrienne Taylor from the Pontiac; and Jamie Pirie from Antrim with The Grommetts. Vendetta, a popular alternative/classic rock group from
Ottawa, closes out Saturday with a show from 10 p.m. to midnight. Once again, the master of ceremonies on Saturday is Charlie Kitts of Almonte, a 2010 inductee into the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame and a popular host on CHIP 101.7 radio. The house band once again is Triple Play. New for this year on Saturday is an exhibit of Harley Davidson motorcycles by the Freedom Chapter of the Harley Owners Group (HOG) of Ottawa. This is an opportunity for people to have their picture taken with their favourite bike, and proceeds of donations go to the Children’s Wish Foundation. Also new this year is a dog agility demonstration on Saturday afternoon put on by the West Carleton Dog Agility Group (WAG). Organizers are also putting up a volleyball net, with supervision, to encourage families and friends to get active for a bit with a game of pick-up volleyball.
For the children, organizers have brought back Little Ray’s Reptiles, the magicians Philip and Henry, Crash the Clown and Tom Stephenson, a ropemaker from Pembroke. Youth Connexion will also be offering various kids activities all day. The marketplace will be open on Saturday afternoon, featuring local vendors, businesses and displays by community organizations. On Sunday morning, take in a live performance by Kinburn’s own Van Barr family while enjoying a breakfast served up by the firefighters from Kinburn Station 61. Admission to the Mick Armitage Band on Friday evening is $10 per person. General Admission on Saturday is $15, seniors and student’s admission is $10, children 12 and under is free. Admission to the teen dance on Friday evening is $7 per person. The cost of the Sunday fireman’s breakfast is $5 for adults and $3 for children. A limited number of Ad-
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of the few stopping places along the Ottawa-Arnprior Road. Although the Swamp Tavern (and the swamp) are long gone, event organizers have retained the name as a link to the community’s early history. The KCA family corn roast, which has been held for many years on this weekend has not been forgotten, but has been moved to Friday evening, Sept. 7. Kinburn Swampfest would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. This year’s sponsors include Antares Engineering Consultants, Black Electric, Diamondview Electric, Eaton Electric, GAL Power Systems, GED General Contracting, Jim Wilkins, Nev’s Heating & Cooling, and The Valley Vendor. Visit the website at www. kinburn.ca/swampfest, on Facebook at “Kinburn Swamp Fest” and on Twitter at @ KCASwampfest for the latest news about Swampfest.
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EMC lifestyle - Spring is here and once again, turtles are emerging from their winter hibernation. Many turtles will attempt the hazardous trek across roads and highways in search of nesting sites. Unfortunately, a turtle’s shell is no match for motor vehicles and many turtles are killed on roads every year. Such traffic fatalities are devastating for the turtle population, as they tend to target adult females looking for places to lay their eggs. In Ontario seven of our eight species of turtles have been classified, by provincial and national authorities, as endangered, threatened or of special concern. The good news is that there are about 700 turtle crossing signs installed on highways throughout Ontario (including West Carleton), thanks to the dedication and efforts of the Turtle S.H.E.L.L Tortue (a registered charitable organization – www.turtleshelltortue.org). If you see a turtle crossing the road please help it across. First, make sure that it’s safe to help (do not endanger yourself or others by walking into heavy traffic). Move the turtle in the direction that it is traveling – this might not be towards the water. Turtles know where they are going and will turn around and march right back into traffic if you return them to the side of the road they came from. Small turtles can be easily carried across the road. Snapping turtles should be handled very carefully as they will bite. If the turtle is injured contact the Rideau Valley Sanctuary at 1- 613- 258- 9480.
vance General Admission Ticket Packages for Friday and Saturday events are being offered for $20 per person, a savings of $5 per person. The packages are available at the following outlets until Friday, Aug. 17: Kinburn: Darvesh Convenience Store, Kinburn Farm Supply, Kinburn Post Office, Royal Bank; Pakenham: Nicholson’s Store, Pakenham General Store; Almonte: Naismith’s Sports Bar; and Carp: Hair Expressions. Advance Tickets can also be ordered via email at email@example.com. Swampfest is one of the biggest events put on by the Kinburn Community Association (KCA). The first Swampfest in 2010 was a celebration of the 180th anniversary of the founding of the village. The festival took its name from the Swamp Tavern, the first business of the village, established around 1830 and, in its time, was one
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Published on Jul 19, 2012