Yes, folks, it’s dandelion season and there is cause for celebration: the 14th annual Dandelion Festival is slated for May 23 to 25. This fun seasonal party celebrates the sights, sounds, and flavours of Kemptville and surrounding communities.
- The al fresco dandelion dinner is a five-course, dandelion-inspired feast that showcases some of Kemptville’s finest chefs, as well as the music of singer-songwriter Marta Pacek.
- Hands-on programming in the Little Sprouts’ Garden allows kids to have some fun with paint and chalk.
- Sonshine and Broccoli will perform an entertaining set on the Rock My House Stage along with the Rock My House crew who will offer rhythm workshops, group lessons and kids karaoke through the weekend.
- Juno-nominated songstress Amanda Rheaume will be on the main stage Saturday night.
- The Grenville Militia will perform musters and volleys at their encampment by the water and the Historical Society will present a pioneer schools display to be enjoyed by all ages.
- Jan Purcell & Pine Road, the award-winning bluegrass group from Wakefield, will entertain the crowd on Sunday.
- Also on Sunday, Dr. Shaun will talk about the health benefits of dandelions and other weeds.
- The MyView Youth Film Awards will be presented at the festival.
- The Kemptville Youth Musical Theatre Company will present a set from its recent Shrek performance.
- Twin Voices and multi-instrumentalist Laura Beach are also in the entertainment lineup.
For details, see www.thedandelionfestival.ca.
Go to the Dogs
Do you love dogs? You’re in for a howl of a treat. The Ottawa Kennel Club presents its All Breed Conformation and Obedience Dog Shows at the Richmond Fair Grounds Friday, May 23, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person, $10 for a carload.
See www.ottawakennelclub.ca for details.
Awesome Arts Fest
One World Arts is presenting its fifth Awesome Arts Festival Saturday, May 24, from 6 to 9 p.m. at York Street Public School. The special event celebrates the end of a program held in Strathcona Heights over the course of three months. Awesome Arts engage youth, in a dynamic way, and tackles some of the world’s most urgent issues.
This year’s theatre, animation, drumming and slam poetry performances feature Strathcona Heights’ children and youth, aged five to 18. Emceed by Slam poet Jamaal Rogers, the evening will feature performances from internationally-renowned beat-boxer Julia Dales and Triple A, the dynamic drumming group Baobab Youth Performers, Yvon Soglo and his amazing hip hop dancers and others!
- Drum performances
- Musical Performances: Rap and Beatbox
- Slam Poetry
- Animation screenings
- Live theatre performances
For details, see www.wiam.ca/awesome-arts/about