Ancaster Heritage Days return with much-loved favourites, fabulous new entertainment

News Apr 01, 2016 by Debra Downey Ancaster News

The always exciting Heritage Days will return for 2016 with much-loved favourites and a unique slate of new events that organizers hope will attract larger and more diverse audiences to downtown Ancaster.

Tried and true popular activities like the fireworks presented by Oakrun Farm Bakery, KidsWorld, the parade, strawberry social, Yellow Dog Grooming dog show, the soapbox derby, Teen Scene and the opportunity to visit restaurants and businesses dowtown will continue on Saturday, June 11.

However, a series of additional events spearheaded by new Heritage Days co-chairs Aaron Gerrard, minister at Ancaster Village Church, and Nancy Benedict of Vista Pyrotechnics will serve up innovative entertainment stretching from late May to in June.

“We have rented a 400-person Big Top that will be located on the front lawn of Ancaster Memorial School,” explained Gerrard “From Tuesday to Saturday, there will be something every night.”

Slated to perform and provide entertainment in the fabulous outdoor venue are Ancaster ArtsFest, Hamilton All-Star Jazz Band, Theatre Ancaster, Ancaster FilmFest, Sinfonia Ancaster and one of the area’s top party and special events muscial groups, the 905 Band.

Back after its much talked about success last year, a spectacular formal affair, Casablanca Night, will take over the Big Top on Saturday, June 1, to evoke the magic of the legendary Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.

Ancaster Library turns the page on a new Heritage Days book sale and will also provide a green screen so Heritage Days visitors can be photographed with a historic Ancaster landmark or with Scout, the library fox.

Fieldcote Memorial Park and Museum opens the doors for two ongoing exhibits —Memories of St. John’s: The First 200 Years and Hands-On Nature — and also offers a historic Passion for Fashion display at Old Town Hall and a story contest for children.

Gerrard said Heritage Days will also take place entirely on Wilson Street this year, making it a full street festival. Wilson Street between Halson and Rousseau streets will remain closed on Saturday, June 11 until 3 p.m.

“There will be two live entertainment stages at each respective end of Wilson Street — one for kids and one for adults,” said Gerrard. “The adult stage will host three great musical acts and create an inviting place to enjoy the local outdoor restaurant patios, Ancaster village market and vendors in front of Memorial School.”

Also taking place under the Heritage Days umbrella for 2016 are the Ancaster Mill Race on June 7, a family bingo night in support of Ancaster Community Services on June 7, the Ancaster Farmers Market opening day on June 8 and the Ancaster Community Services and Ancaster Rotary AM’s Community Links golf tournament on June 9.

For a full listing of events, visit www.ancasterheritagedays.com.

Ancaster Heritage Days return with much-loved favourites, fabulous new entertainment

Plenty of other activities surround the big day of Saturday, June 11

News Apr 01, 2016 by Debra Downey Ancaster News

The always exciting Heritage Days will return for 2016 with much-loved favourites and a unique slate of new events that organizers hope will attract larger and more diverse audiences to downtown Ancaster.

Tried and true popular activities like the fireworks presented by Oakrun Farm Bakery, KidsWorld, the parade, strawberry social, Yellow Dog Grooming dog show, the soapbox derby, Teen Scene and the opportunity to visit restaurants and businesses dowtown will continue on Saturday, June 11.

However, a series of additional events spearheaded by new Heritage Days co-chairs Aaron Gerrard, minister at Ancaster Village Church, and Nancy Benedict of Vista Pyrotechnics will serve up innovative entertainment stretching from late May to in June.

“We have rented a 400-person Big Top that will be located on the front lawn of Ancaster Memorial School,” explained Gerrard “From Tuesday to Saturday, there will be something every night.”

“We have rented a 400-person Big Top that will be located on the front lawn of Ancaster Memorial School. From Tuesday to Saturday, there will be something every night.”

Slated to perform and provide entertainment in the fabulous outdoor venue are Ancaster ArtsFest, Hamilton All-Star Jazz Band, Theatre Ancaster, Ancaster FilmFest, Sinfonia Ancaster and one of the area’s top party and special events muscial groups, the 905 Band.

Back after its much talked about success last year, a spectacular formal affair, Casablanca Night, will take over the Big Top on Saturday, June 1, to evoke the magic of the legendary Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.

Ancaster Library turns the page on a new Heritage Days book sale and will also provide a green screen so Heritage Days visitors can be photographed with a historic Ancaster landmark or with Scout, the library fox.

Fieldcote Memorial Park and Museum opens the doors for two ongoing exhibits —Memories of St. John’s: The First 200 Years and Hands-On Nature — and also offers a historic Passion for Fashion display at Old Town Hall and a story contest for children.

Gerrard said Heritage Days will also take place entirely on Wilson Street this year, making it a full street festival. Wilson Street between Halson and Rousseau streets will remain closed on Saturday, June 11 until 3 p.m.

“There will be two live entertainment stages at each respective end of Wilson Street — one for kids and one for adults,” said Gerrard. “The adult stage will host three great musical acts and create an inviting place to enjoy the local outdoor restaurant patios, Ancaster village market and vendors in front of Memorial School.”

Also taking place under the Heritage Days umbrella for 2016 are the Ancaster Mill Race on June 7, a family bingo night in support of Ancaster Community Services on June 7, the Ancaster Farmers Market opening day on June 8 and the Ancaster Community Services and Ancaster Rotary AM’s Community Links golf tournament on June 9.

For a full listing of events, visit www.ancasterheritagedays.com.

Ancaster Heritage Days return with much-loved favourites, fabulous new entertainment

Plenty of other activities surround the big day of Saturday, June 11

News Apr 01, 2016 by Debra Downey Ancaster News

The always exciting Heritage Days will return for 2016 with much-loved favourites and a unique slate of new events that organizers hope will attract larger and more diverse audiences to downtown Ancaster.

Tried and true popular activities like the fireworks presented by Oakrun Farm Bakery, KidsWorld, the parade, strawberry social, Yellow Dog Grooming dog show, the soapbox derby, Teen Scene and the opportunity to visit restaurants and businesses dowtown will continue on Saturday, June 11.

However, a series of additional events spearheaded by new Heritage Days co-chairs Aaron Gerrard, minister at Ancaster Village Church, and Nancy Benedict of Vista Pyrotechnics will serve up innovative entertainment stretching from late May to in June.

“We have rented a 400-person Big Top that will be located on the front lawn of Ancaster Memorial School,” explained Gerrard “From Tuesday to Saturday, there will be something every night.”

“We have rented a 400-person Big Top that will be located on the front lawn of Ancaster Memorial School. From Tuesday to Saturday, there will be something every night.”

Slated to perform and provide entertainment in the fabulous outdoor venue are Ancaster ArtsFest, Hamilton All-Star Jazz Band, Theatre Ancaster, Ancaster FilmFest, Sinfonia Ancaster and one of the area’s top party and special events muscial groups, the 905 Band.

Back after its much talked about success last year, a spectacular formal affair, Casablanca Night, will take over the Big Top on Saturday, June 1, to evoke the magic of the legendary Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.

Ancaster Library turns the page on a new Heritage Days book sale and will also provide a green screen so Heritage Days visitors can be photographed with a historic Ancaster landmark or with Scout, the library fox.

Fieldcote Memorial Park and Museum opens the doors for two ongoing exhibits —Memories of St. John’s: The First 200 Years and Hands-On Nature — and also offers a historic Passion for Fashion display at Old Town Hall and a story contest for children.

Gerrard said Heritage Days will also take place entirely on Wilson Street this year, making it a full street festival. Wilson Street between Halson and Rousseau streets will remain closed on Saturday, June 11 until 3 p.m.

“There will be two live entertainment stages at each respective end of Wilson Street — one for kids and one for adults,” said Gerrard. “The adult stage will host three great musical acts and create an inviting place to enjoy the local outdoor restaurant patios, Ancaster village market and vendors in front of Memorial School.”

Also taking place under the Heritage Days umbrella for 2016 are the Ancaster Mill Race on June 7, a family bingo night in support of Ancaster Community Services on June 7, the Ancaster Farmers Market opening day on June 8 and the Ancaster Community Services and Ancaster Rotary AM’s Community Links golf tournament on June 9.

For a full listing of events, visit www.ancasterheritagedays.com.