Something special is coming to Riverside Park on July 18. As a warm-up for the Kemptville Live Festival beginning the following day, Music in the Park is a big “thank you” to the people of North Grenville from the Kemptville Live organisers. This free event features local musicians, Artisans, the National Capital Balloon Club’s Hot Air Balloons (weather permitting), a Children’s Science Show, Farmer’s Market Vendors, lots of food and a Beer Tent.

Beginning at 3 pm with the Science Show for kids by Dr. 4-Face himself, Patrick Atwell, and going on until later that night, when Amanda Jordan closes off the day on the main stage at around 10 pm, it will be a day of free fun for the whole family.

Festival organiser, Herb Cloutier, says that the Kemptville Live team wanted to give something back to the local community in return for the support they have given the main Festival since it began. This is a return to its community roots by an event that may have appeared to have grown beyond North Grenville by now. But Herb says that it is still rooted in the locality, and Music in the Park is a sign of that community commitment.

The musicians are all young, mostly local, and this is an opportunity for them to showcase their talents to a wider audience. By including local groups, artists, craftspeople and the Kemptville Farmers Market vendors, the day will be a happy reminder of the old Dandelion Festival, when it first started many moons ago.

The local business community is also getting behind the day, with the main stage being sponsored by the Kemptville Business Improvement Area [BIA]. If the weather permits, the National Capital Balloon Club will provide balloon rides, for which there is a charge. For more information on music acts and schedule, see last week’s Times, or our website for the BIA’s article “Downtown gets ready for Kemptville Live with Music in the Park”.

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