There’s a whole lot going on this week in Almonte and Pakenham, leading up to the awesome annual Almonte Celtfest event over the weekend!
On the evening of Tuesday, July 7, everyone is welcome to help the Lanark County Community Justice Program celebrate their 15th anniversary with a BBQ, live music and some special guests, all starting at 6pm at the Almonte Old Town Hall (or at the Curling Club if it rains). Brush up on your knowledge of the year 2000, as there will be a Trivia Challenge with prizes in several categories. In addition, they will be filling a time capsule to be hidden away and opened fifteen years from now.
Come celebrate the second Wednesday in July with a Civitan BBQ and free live music in Augusta Street Park. On July 8, you’ll hear K.E.W.T. (aka Kathryn Briggs and Terry Tufts) along with Delaney Grant as part of the “5 Wednesdays in July” line-up. Spend a beautiful summer evening in the park with friends, family and neighbours — just bring a chair and a blanket, and perhaps a bit of bug spray.
On Thursday night, you’ve got your choice of an open mic at Pakenham’s Love That Barr hosted by the very talented Jimmy Tri-Tone Band, or the bluegrass stylings of the Ramblin’ Valley Band at the Barley Mow in Almonte. Lots of stores are open later on Thursdays and there are plenty of great restaurants and cafés around, so make an afternoon-and-evening of it!
And last but definitely not least, Almonte Celtfest gets underway on Friday night with a Pub Night at several local watering holes in Almonte and Pakenham. Main stage performances in Gemmill Park take place on Saturday from noon-10pm, and Sunday from noon-6pm. Headliners include The Dardanelles, The Steel City Rovers, The Peelers, Hadrian’s Wall, as well as lots of regional and local talent. Admission is by donation at the entrance. You’ll find a food court and Celtic artisan market in the park, as well as buskers (and the aforementioned terrific shops and restaurants) on Mill Street on Saturday and Sunday. Heck, at this rate, you’ll want to stay all week!