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October 7, 2015



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The Gordon Pipe Band leads the Lyndhurst Turkey Fair parade.

Photo: Sally Smid


Turkey Fair delivers family fun


By Sally Smid

There Turkey Fairs in Lyndhurst, formerly Furnace Falls, certainly would never compare to the throngs that attend the famed Lyndhurst Turkey Fairs today.

The day began with the Gordon pipe band marching down Main St. followed by dignitaries. 

MC Peter O’Hare welcomed everyone at the opening ceremonies and MP Gord Brown brought greetings as well as MPP Steve Clark who quipped, “Politicians are often compared to turkeys...but I hope I am  not counted as one!”

Mayor Joe Baptista thanked all of the many volunteers that once again worked so hard to make Turkey Fair a success. The climax was Town Crier George Williams of Seeley’s Bay declaring the Turkey Fair officially open.  The prize board area was a busy place with many checking winning numbers, hoping that they might receive one of the many donated prizes.  Many of the displays and vendors were located on side streets as well.

A very interesting highlight on Main St. was a house completely painted in what is known as the “Furnace Falls Tartan”, part of the village’s revitalization program.

Visitors to the Fair travel from many places such as the Moloskys from Pennsylvania who have a nearby cottage.  “We wouldn’t miss it,” they exclaimed. “We especially like Elvis impersonator, Matt Cage.” Cage is just one of the many musical entertainers.

The day also included a petting zoo, blacksmith, wagon, skiff and voyageur canoe rides, free children’s centre, a classic car and tractor display, artisan demonstrations, heritage display, Rays Reptiles, a silent auction, and more. The United Church ladies once again provided a luncheon of turkey soup and sandwiches, as they have for 22 years, since the beginning of the Fair, when the silent auction was in their church.   There was a busy book sale in the Library which also sponsored a colouring contest. Winners in the JK - 1 category were Myah Mallette, 1st place, Lilly Reed, 2nd, and Ethan Donnelly, 3rd.  Winners in the Grades 2-3 category were Macey Grier, 1st place, Asia McBride, 2nd, and Chase Watts, 3rd. $50 prize winners were Ramona Crawford and Philip Shorfall. Adam Curtis won $1144 in the 50/50 draw.  The Turkey Tracks prize winner was Cheryl Mullen. Unclaimed numbers have been posted on the Fair’s website. Angie Chisamore Phillips commented, “What an amazing Turkey Fair this year! I am so proud to say I grew up in such a great village!... It was awesome!” The perfect fall weather was interrupted by a few showers which did not seem to lessen the success and good times had once again at the annual Turkey Fair. 


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Delta Concert: The Strumbellas entertained in Delta recently as part of the Festival of Small Halls.    Photo: Sally Smid.


Festival of Small Halls stops in local neighbourhoods


By Sally Smid


Various concerts took place as part of The Festival of Small Halls, a musical evening in the Old Town Hall in Delta took place on Sept. 25th which featured The Strumbellas from Lindsay, Ont.  This group plays bluegrass-inspired indie rock music.  A dinner took place before the concert.  Local residents are quite proud of the renovated hall and were happy to have been selected to participate.  The hall was constructed in 1890 and has served as the centre of the community in many ways over the years. It was revived by the Delta Mill Society in 1999.  Joanne Van Dreumel of the Society reported that the event was a total success.  “The show was sold out, the dinner was wonderful, the band was fantastic, and the vibe from the audience was incredibly positive! We hope to be selected if they do it again next year.”

A concert also took place in Lyndhurst at St. Luke’s Anglican Church Hall which was built “mostly by hand” in 1882. It has been the centre of much of Lyndhurst’s spiritual and social life over the years. Also as part of the festival, this hall hosted the Fortunate Ones, a Newfoundland-based folk pop duo on September 24th as well as The Rifle and the Writer.

The Ontario Festival of Small Halls organizers describe the festival as “a way of sharing a love of music in a special place and  brings Canadian musicians to small venues across Eastern Ontario” It helps give them exposure as well as a chance to celebrate the small halls in which they perform. This is an opportunity as well for many rural people to experience such music as they often do not have the opportunities to travel to cities. Unique buildings such as the Delta and Lyndhurst halls have rich cultural histories.  As promoters explain, “During the festival, communities across Eastern Ontario throw open the doors of their small halls for an unforgettable night of music. Some of Canada’s best musicians will step off the big stage and hit the scenic back roads to perform in legions, schools, churches, or town halls. They will receive a warm, small-town welcome from communities of music lovers who are eager to show off their treasured halls and their hospitality, all in the name of excellent music.”


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