The Ontario Parenting Connection (OPC) is organizing the municipality’s first Recreation and Arts Fair in August to help families discover the various activities available in the community. OPC President, Sami Kutowy, says that they decided to organize the Fair because it is sometimes difficult for parents to find out what recreational options there are for their children in North Grenville. “It’s kind of like speed dating for parents,” she says. “It’s nice to get a face to face with the organizations.”
Sami says they already have a lot of great businesses signed up to have a booth at the Fair: The Academy of Expressive Dance, Get Cronked, and Art with Bonnie, just to name a few. They have kept it small for the first year to gauge interest, but hope to grow it in the future to a larger venue, with even more local businesses demonstrating what they have to offer. “There are a lot of great companies,” Sami says, “We hope it’s a win-win for families and businesses.”
There will also be a charitable giving aspect to the fair. The Ontario Parenting Connection will be collecting birthday party supplies for the House of Lazarus’ birthday party program. Every donation will be entered into a draw to win a gift certificate to the Kemptville-based business Tasty Treats Custom Confections. Sami thinks it’s a perfect opportunity, because business owner, Stephanie Timmons, is already running a fundraiser to support the program.
The Recreation and Arts Fair will be held on Tuesday, August 14, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, in the Spencerville Room at the Grenville Mutual building, 380 Colonnade Drive, in Kemptville. There are still open spots for businesses who wish to sign up. Admission is free.