Summer Festival , Sidewalk Sales, South Coast Jazz… all this weekend

Members of the Port Dover Summer Festival organizing committees gathered last week in Powell Park to discuss some final planning. Shown above are, left to right, John Rundle, Kay Rundle, Marlene Morton, Katherine Lima, Shayla Caswell, Carol Anderson, Brian Anderson, Jan Overend, Mary Etta McGraw, Carol Gerrett, Barb Hourigan, Ken Olmstead. Others on the various organizing committees include Cara Bridgwater, Cindy Pichette, Kal Commodore, Jim Taylor, Rachel Heart, Dori Lynne Shrubb.

Members of the Port Dover Summer Festival organizing committees gathered last week in Powell Park to discuss some final planning. Shown above are, left to right, John Rundle, Kay Rundle, Marlene Morton, Katherine Lima, Shayla Caswell, Carol Anderson, Brian Anderson, Jan Overend, Mary Etta McGraw, Carol Gerrett, Barb Hourigan, Ken Olmstead. Others on the various organizing committees include Cara Bridgwater, Cindy Pichette, Kal Commodore, Jim Taylor, Rachel Heart, Dori Lynne Shrubb.

THIS weekend will be busy with Port Dover Summer Festival taking place in Powell Park on Saturday and Sunday; the sidewalk sale days along Main Street in the downtown all weekend; and the South Coast Jazz festival on Saturday at the arena.
Summer Festival has 100 exhibitors

Details for the 2015 Port Dover Summer Festival Art in the Park event have been finalized for this weekend. The annual event promises to be a great show of arts, crafts, antiques and so much more.
Port Dover Board of Trade organizes this annual Canadian arts and crafts show with a large committee of volunteers.
Some committee members and volunteers have been on the organizing team for many years … the reason this event operates so smoothly and other volunteers are new this year or in the last few years.
Many thousands of people are expected to attend the event centred in shady Powell Park in the downtown core. This popular festival of arts and crafts, also known as Art in the Park, is a juried show to offer the best crafters, artists and artisans as local knowledgeable people review the applicants to bring the best while keeping in mind a realistic selling price-point.
Manager Overend says the crafts and art vendors will include glass, jewellery, soaps, pottery, leather goods, ornamental metal, fabric art, woodworking, sign craft, sewing and others.
Organizers were also quick to thank  Dr. Michael Ostapchuk, Norfolk Disposal, Norfolk County Community Services, Eising Greenhouses & Garden Centre, Scotiabank for their support of the Summer Festival.
Kay Rundle will take on the task of announcing over the public address system on the bandstand helpful information to those in attendance.
Artists’ exhibits are set up in a generally shady part of lower Powell Park.
New this year, Marlene Morton and Byron Morton will be bringing their puppet stage to the Summer Festival. Marlene says their style is similar to the famous Muppets. There will be two shows, at about 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. located in the vendors area of the park.

South Coast Jazz at Port Dover Arena all day Saturday

THE expanded and exciting South Coast Jazz Festival is coming to Port Dover this Saturday.
It will be held at Port Dover Arena all day on Saturday, August 15 and organizer Juliann Kuchoki says tickets are available online for best seats or at the event.
There is a day show running from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. open to all ages and the evening show from 5:30 to 11 p.m.
Ms Kuchoki says the arena on St. George Street is being transformed into a theatre for the day-long event. A two-tiered stage measuring almost 22 feet by 24 feet will be the focal point with pipe and drapes around the sides.
As well, a top quality sound system is being installed along with lights hanging from the ceiling and Ms Kuchoki says the arena will be air-conditioned that day to keep everyone inside cool.
Organizer Kuchocki has booked many leading jazz musicians to come to Port Dover. The evening headliner is Heather Cole whose singing always delights audiences. “There is an intelligence and sophistication to Holly Cole’s singing that sets her apart. She can imbue well-worn standards and eclectic songs with an uncanny combination of sensuality, innocence, originality and sheer musicality.”
Another performer “Gene DiNovi is 87 years old and he’s played with Dizzy Gillespie, Nancy Wilson, Peggy Lee and the list goes on and on and on. He’s played with everybody, he is a legend. And he’s coming to Port Dover,” says Ms Kuchocki.
She adds, “Oakland Stroke tower of power band tribute is so hot right now. Cadence with Heather Bambrick are opening for Holly Cole. Countermeasure is a 14-piece a cappella band that is about to record with a major Canadian rock band. That’s about all I can say on that one.”
On the program with top professional singers will be local talent too.
Ms Kuchocki says she is delighted to be able to present a Jazzin’ Juniors stage featuring the Simcoe Composite School Jazz Band, Beverly and the Funky Bunch and other young jazz performers.
For those not familiar with jazz music, Ms Kuchocki says “don’t be afraid of the word jazz” because, she adds “there’s all kinds of music that is happening at the festival” including bands with a New Orleans flavour, a capella music and bands that “sing all genres, so there really is something for everyone.”
The arena can accommodate over 700 people for the main inside stage but artists will also be providing music and entertainment outside, weather permitting.
“This festival is a new economic driver for the area,” says Ms Kuchocki and offers “something new and exciting for people to do.”
Gator Barbecue will be cooking chicken, ribs and vegetarian dishes with both sit-down or take-away available. Dover Cheese Shop will be set up at the festival as well.
The licenced event features Norfolk County wineries Burning Kiln, Frisky Beaver, Bonnieheath, Wooden BearL and Blueberry Hill Estates as well as Blue Elephant Brewery.
Port Dover Area Arena in located at 809 St. George Street in Port Dover.
Tickets and more schedule information is available at www.southcoastjazz.com

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