The Wardsville area is building a festival called “Wardsville KinDay” held on the weekend of Father’s Day, June 19 and 20. Having been rained out, a big top tent will be pitched to ensure that the fun for kids and families will be uninterrupted rain or shine.
Friday free night features a twilight sing-a-long at 5:00 p.m. hosted by Al Schnekenburger and friends. Families are bringing their lawn chairs and picnic hampers. All who play musical instruments are expected to bring kazoos, tubas, guitars, harmonicas.
For artists and their patrons, there is a Friday night showing of local works in the big top tent in the Kin Park. Nina Hurdle, organizer, says “Artists in the community want to get together to meet one another. There has been a very positive response. Their gallery, the big top tent, is huge so we can accommodate many.” Artists wanting to show their work can phone 693-4556.
Saturday is for the children. Kin Day Kids programming runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Royal Scots Light Company re-enactors will be dressed in period uniform loaned by Fort Malden Historic Site in Amherstburg. The Mini Militia will be formed and drilled in preparation to search out the rebels. There will also be activities for the very little ones. And the pacifists who are not interested in muskets and marching, will paint under the guidance of local artist Rosemary Cranney.
Carol Webster has been exploring local cemeteries and compiling a list of families who have descended from original pioneers. The families of the earliest settlers will be recognized. Ken Willis, local historian and museum curator, will have the museum open. He and his team will guide walking tours, taking people back through the decades. This year is Wardsville’s 199th year.
Dave’s Café, down in village central on Longwoods Road is hosting a non-stop Open Air Jam Session. Dave invites local musicians to sign up by calling 693-0488. Just Us, the Pedde Trio, Brad Doub, Nicole Morley, are just a few of the 10 acts already scheduled.
And there’s more. Come to Wardsville Friday evening or Saturday. Fore more information, call Denise Corneil at 519 693-7002