CONSECON DAY WRAP UP
The majority of the new street banners, hand-painted by members of the Consecon & area community during the CARA commissioned “Street Banner Festival” were unveiled and hung on Friday August 2nd. in and around the village in time for “Consecon Community Day” Saturday the 3rd. The “Consecon Beautification Project ” overseen by Janet Battaglio of Janet B’s Gallery & Studio with the assistance of Sherri Bergman and Ena Walton, was an opportunity to bring members of the community together, to design, hand-paint and express from their hearts what ‘Life in Consecon’ meant to them.
Consecon Day, kicked-off in the Emm’s restaurant parking lot at 7:00 am where 142 hungry folk were fed at the “All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast” of which half of the proceeds going to the Consecon Masonic Lodge #50.
At 8:00 am on the opposite side of the Emm’s parking lot, the Car Boot Sale was in full swing with over 15 vendors who drew local area residents as well as helped draw visitors to the County off Loyalist Parkway to do a little bargain hunting then send them off into the village & area to continue their shopping at the numerous Garage & Yard sales underway simultaneously.
At 10;00 am the Library opened their doors to hold their annual used book sale and additionally offered a craft area for the kids where they had the opportunity to make flags to cheer on the participants in the Soap Box Derby.
At 11:00 till 1:00 pm back at Emm’s there was a Charity Car Wash with the proceeds going to the Storehouse Foodbank in Wellington. Emm’s also sponsored Mr. Carter’s free horse drawn wagon rides around the village and a pie eating contest won by local Consecon resident Curtis Walt (see pictures above).
Redtail Vineyards, had a demonstration of healthy, and innovative recipes using fresh-picked organic produce presented by Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Trish Krause and performing live at 1:00 pm, the cool jazz music of the “Harry Ellis Trio.” Refreshments were served with wine available for sale by the glass.
At Janet B Gallery & Studios visitors were invited to try silk painting and create a “Community Work of Art”. Some were timid, until Janet showed them some special fling techniques.
Later at the street dance, the “Community Work Of Art ” was put on display and visitors were invited to sign the piece. After it was signed, it became a treasure and a memory and the silk painted by the whole town was auctioned off proceeds to the Children’s Fishing Derby at the Consecon Legion Branch 509.
Once the Soap Box awards ceremonies were over, and clean-up from the derby was complete some 125 folk headed to the Consecon Legion to enjoy the Pig Roast dinner with all the fixins, the casual sit-down dinner was the smooth lead in to the jam packed, day closing Street Dance, which featured the high energy Classic Rock sounds of “Not Yet.” What a great way to cap off the day, a day of community celebration, a day which saw Councillors Bev Campbell of Picton, Robert Quaiff of North Marysburgh (a somewhat regular visitor to Consecon) drop in on our community along with our own Councillors, Janice Maynard and Nick Nowitski.
The Street Dance attracted area residents, as well as many from other parts of the County, visitors from Brighton, Trenton & Belleville, families, couples and singles, many came out to dance, some came to listen and some just came to hang out with friends and enjoy the fun.
Around 11:30 we reopened Mill Street as everyone made their way home after the long, hectic and exciting day.If you’ve had the chance to check out the Street Banners, you’ve got a sense of “Folk Art Consecon Style” if not, we’re not too far out of the way.
Consecon Community Day 2014, is Saturday August 2nd.