Events

Amherstburg Farmers Market opens for 2017 season

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Farmers Market is open for another season.

The market, located at the Malden Community and Cultural Centre, opened with eight vendors though the small committee now running the market are always open to more. The committee is made up of Steeve and Cynthia Bouchard and Rita Casagrande, with Cynthia stating they are hopeful for the inclusion of some wineries.

Paul and Brenda Jones - a.k.a. “Keeping Up With the Joneses” - perform during the opening day of the Amherstburg Farmers’ Market.

Paul and Brenda Jones – a.k.a. “Keeping Up With the Joneses” – perform during the opening day of the Amherstburg Farmers’ Market.

Steeve said they stepped up to help run the market, noting their farm Bouchard Gardens has been there since the market first started.

“We want to see it do well,” said Steeve.

The Bouchards say they travel to a number of markets in the area to sell their fruits, vegetables and other products.

“This is obviously our favourite,” said Steeve. “It’s right around the corner from us.”

The crowds are “pretty steady,” he said.

“We get our regulars who come out every Saturday,” he said.

Cynthia and Steeve Bouchard are two thirds of the committee running the market this year along with Rita Casagrande.

Cynthia and Steeve Bouchard are two thirds of the committee running the market this year along with Rita Casagrande.

The Amherstburg Farmers Market features fruits, vegetables, baked goods, fish, and even snacks like popcorn. The Amherstburg Fort Malden Horticultural Society held a plant sale there last Saturday with live entertainment on site as well.

“It’s a little bit of everything,” said Steeve. “It’s a good variety of stuff.”

Those interested in becoming a vendor can visit www.amherstburgfarmersmarket.com or call call 519-972-1340 or 519-736-3550. The market runs every Saturday until September from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. with the Shaanti International Museum of Costume and Dolls also open during those hours inside the Malden Community and Cultural Centre.

Bob Probert ride slated for June 25, features two stops in Amherstburg

 

By Ron Giofu

The seventh annual Bob Probert Ride is scheduled for June 25 and two of the stops on the ride will be in Amherstburg.

The Fort Fun Centre and Wolfhead Distillery will be two of the stops on the ride with it launching at 11 a.m. that day from Thunder Road Harley Davidson in Windsor. Other stops include the Colchester Bar & Grill and the Caboto Club, with the latter being the final stop.

Bill Marra, vice president of external affairs with Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, said they are thankful to the new ownership at the Fort, formerly the Verdi Club, for allowing the ride to keep stopping there and also acknowledged that Wolfhead is a new stop this year.

Proceeds benefit cardiac programs at HDGH. To date, over $647,000 has been raised with those funds contributing to a a new rehabilitation and wellness centre at the Prince Road campus. Talks have started to expand cardiac rehabilitation services to Essex County residents with a development of a satellite location.

Organizers, sponsors and members of the Probert family helped launch this year’s Bob Probert Ride last Wednesday morning. On the motorcycle are ride captain Dave Hutchison and Probert’s wife Dani.

Organizers, sponsors and members of the Probert family helped launch this year’s Bob Probert Ride last Wednesday morning. On the motorcycle are ride captain Dave Hutchison and Probert’s wife Dani.

Dani Probert, wife of the late Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks forward, said there is a lot of hard work that goes into planning the ride every year. She noted Bob died July 5, 2010 of a massive heart attack.

“For us to raise money for cardiac care, and we’ve had loved ones in the past couple of years who are going through the same thing, it’s so tragic. We wanted to turn this around and find something positive and for my kids it’s something positive for us to focus on and be a part of,” she said.

Probert added there are people that have been part of the ride since Day 1. Last year’s ride attracted over 1,200 motorcycles. The money raised speaks volumes of everyone involved with the ride, she added.

“It is a real community effort,” said Probert.

This year’s ride captain is Dave Hutchison, a former NHL defenseman and a friend of Bob Probert. Hutchison stated there is “a tight hockey family” and noted he was honored to be the ride captain.

“I haven’t missed a Probert ride yet,” he said. “In fact, Bob and I rode together in Ride for Dad in London a couple of times. Our friendship was based on doing fundraising events through the NHL and the riding community. So whether it was ball hockey with the troops or riding our bikes, Bob had a big heart and always wanted to give back.”
At a kickoff event last Wednesday, Hutchison relayed stories of being with Bob Probert while visiting soldiers serving in Afghanistan.

Hutchison played 584 NHL games and accumulated 119 points and 1,550 penalty minutes. He played with the Los Angeles Kings, Chicago Blackhawks, New Jersey Devils and Toronto Maple Leafs.

For more information on this year’s Bob Probert Ride, visit www.facebook.com/probertride or www.probertride.com.

Author seeking local stories May 24 at two Amherstburg locations

By Danica Skakavac

 

In honour of Canada’s 150 Anniversary, Toronto author Darlene Butts has decided to create a book that contains 150 different Canadian stories, all containing the same idea; “ordinary people doing extraordinary things,” as Butts puts it.

Instead of researching and writing the whole book and all 150 stories herself, Butts is asking around all of Canada for people to send in their unique and historical story so that it may be added to the book. There are many ways to get involved; submit a story, follow on social media or through the website that includes an interactive map that shows where the tour is going and where it has already been. You can also sponsor a classroom for books or sponsor the tour itself to ensure it becomes a reality.

Butts is calling it the ‘150 Canadian Stories’ project and is taking it on tour with her as she collects more and more entries. The book itself is a ‘mixture of Chicken Soup for the Soul and a really cool Canadian history book’. Butts’ goal is to get a finished copy of the book in the hands of every grade five student, from St. John’s to Vancouver. She is looking for a combination of tears, laughter, goosebumps and as well as the response, “Wow! I didn’t know that!”

Various stories included will be about historical figures that contributed to Canada. “I want stories that engage the reader, inspire them to experience Canada, and help them learn about all the wonderful people, places and things that have been woven together to make this country great,” says Butts, about her aim for the book. She will be stopping at Fort Malden and the Freedom Museum on the afternoon of May 24 during her tour, as she has lived in Windsor/Essex County for 18 years.

She plans on being at the museum for 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Fort Malden for 3-3:30 p.m.

“I love Canada so much and believe that I can be anyone and do anything here. I wanted to share that with other Canadian’s and especially inspire the next generation,” says Butts.

Mudpuppy’s featured artist for May is Grade 9 Villanova student

 

By Danica Skakavac

At only fifteen-years-old and in the ninth grade, Madison Young of St. Thomas of Villanova has made quite a name for herself.

While she has loved art since the age of four, Young has been interested in her current style, hyperrealism, for only one and a half years. Despite the short period of time, Young’s skill has only grown dramatically and her wonderful artwork is being showcased again and again. She has been featured in a couple of local magazines, attended a couple of charities where she donated original artwork for auction and, as well, was the Mudpuppy Gallery’s student artist.

This month, she became the gallery’s featured artist. Only recently has she been spotlighted in a much different way; when local musician Christian Vegh’s mother contacted Young’s mother, Sharon, about designing the cover art for his brand-new single, “Worthy.”

Madison Young, a Grade 9 student at St. Thomas of Villanova Secondary School, is this month’s featured artist at the Mudpuppy Gallery in Amherstburg. (RTT Photo by Danica Skakavac)

Madison Young, a Grade 9 student at St. Thomas of Villanova Secondary School, is this month’s featured artist at the Mudpuppy Gallery in Amherstburg. (RTT Photo by Danica Skakavac)

Young jumped at the opportunity and designed a stunning cover, the picture a very realistic pair of diamond-encrusted lips.

“It was an exciting opportunity and I’m very fortunate they asked me,” Young said.

Young isn’t planning on letting her talent go to waste either, as she has opened an online store so people can purchase prints and paintings they like. In the future, she wants to attend medical school to become a surgeon (though unsure of what specialty in particular) but is adamant about continuing her artwork, just maybe not full-time. She is very proud of the textures she incorporates into said artwork, since she is able to render those textures with only coloured pencils.

“My favourite thing about creating art is a sense of accomplishment,” she said. “It is exciting when people want to purchase my artwork to hang in their homes or businesses.”

If you are interested, you can visit Young’s website at www.diamonddraws.com. Young’s exhibit at the Mudpuppy Gallery will be running through the month of May.

Motorcycle Ride for Dad to roar into Amherstburg May 28

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Motorcycle Ride for Dad roars into Amherstburg May 28 as Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 is one of the stops.

The ride, which starts at 10 a.m. that Sunday, begins at the Festival Plaza along Windsor’s riverfront, heads to Brews & Cues near LaSalle before heading into Amherstburg. From there, it goes to the Colchester Bar & Grill, Freddy’s in Leamington and Mr. Biggs in Lakeshore before returning to Windsor.

Shane Miles, ride chair, said they are raising money and awareness for prostate cancer with the hope of topping the $60,000 that was raised last year. Since 2006, $645,930 has been raised in Windsor-Essex County with almost 8,300 riders participating. Money raised locally stays locally, Miles pointed out.

“The ride is well supported in Essex County from the people and the businesses,” said Miles. “We’d like to thank the community for its support over the years.”

Miles encouraged people who are not riding to come out and support the riders along the route.

“People understand the impact,” he said. “Cancer affects most every family in the area.”

The kickoff for the May 28 Motorcycle Ride for Dad was held at Thunder Road Harley Davidson last Thursday. Mayor Aldo DiCarlo (third from left) was named ride captain for 2017.

The kickoff for the May 28 Motorcycle Ride for Dad was held at Thunder Road Harley Davidson last Thursday. Mayor Aldo DiCarlo (third from left) was named ride captain for 2017.

Amherstburg Mayor Aldo DiCarlo said he rides due to a personal reason.

“I ride for my dad, who I lost a couple of years ago,” said DiCarlo.

DiCarlo said his father had four different types of cancer by the time he died but survived prostate cancer.

“Prostate cancer is one of those cancers you can beat,” said DiCarlo, the ride captain.

The mayor expects it to be emotional when he leads the ride into Amherstburg and noted his grandfather died of cancer as well.

“I think everyone has a story with cancer, either with them, someone they know or someone in their family,” he said.

DiCarlo said he has been getting checked since he was in his 30’s and said it is an easy process to go through. As men get older, the need increases to get checked.

“It is such a simple process to get checked,” he said.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men with 59 men diagnosed daily in Canada. For more information, visit www.ridefordad.ca.