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Belle Vue Conservancy has two fundraising events scheduled

 

Special to the RTT

After the devastating War of 1812, the construction of Belle Vue by the Reynolds family gave our forefathers hope.

Over the past two centuries Belle Vue has continued to play an important role in the town of Amherstburg, serving as a residence for three additional families, then as a convalescent home for injured war veterans and as a place of worship for the Ukranian Catholic Church.

In more recent years it was neglected and so is now in need of restoration.

The Town of Amherstburg purchased this building and property in 2016 and, in addition to preserving our national heritage, sees a future for the Belle Vue as part of the Town’s economic development.

After core restoration is completed, interior work will be done and the Belle Vue will be open for use by the public as a regional meeting, conference and cultural centre; as well a range of formal botanical gardens and greenhouses will be developed on the property, all of which will attract business and tourism to Amherstburg. It will significantly contribute to the enhancement of the historic Amherstburg waterfront which stretches along the River from the Kings Navy Yard Park to the Belle Vue.

The Belle Vue Conservancy has a new logo, designed and donated by local artist Elio Del Col.

The Belle Vue Conservancy has a new logo, designed and donated by local artist Elio Del Col.

Through collaboration with citizens and partnership with the Town of Amherstburg, the Belle Vue Conservancy, a team of dedicated volunteers, is focused on raising One million dollars for restoration to secure the property, specifically for a new roof, windows, gutters and foundation work, i.e. the envelope of the building. These Phase 1 core repairs are of absolute urgency in order to stabilize the house after the years of severe neglect. Since the Town now owns the historic Belle Vue property we believe it is in all of our best interests to work together to secure the future of Belle Vue.

In addition to promoting donations related to naming rights concerning different rooms and parts of the building, the Conservancy is currently undertaking two special events that are sure to be of interest to local residents.

First is a concert “Leading Notes for Belle Vue” to be provided by the Windsor Junior Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Robert Franz, in partnership with Christ Church, located at 317 Ramsay St. in Amherstburg. It will be held April 27 at 7 p.m. This concert preserves our ties with the WSO and is anticipated to be the first of many such events. Tickets are $20 each and are available at the Gordon House, Sobeys and the Gibson Gallery. Sponsors for this event will be showcased on line and in the evening’s program.

Our second scheduled event is a golf competition “Birdies and Bogies for Belle Vue” to be held on Saturday, May 13 at Sutton Creek Golf Club. Registration is $150 and includes a golf cart, lunch during golf, dinner and a registration gift as well as a tax receipt for $50. Spouses and partners who would like to attend the dinner only may do so with pre-registration and payment of $50

Information about the history of Belle Vue and the Belle Vue Conservancy activities as well as opportunities to donate can be found on our website at www.bellevueconservancy.com.

 

 

 

Skate Amherstburg looking forward to getting back on the ice

Skate A'burg logo copy-webAs we say goodbye to the final days of summer, Skate Amherstburg is very excited to get back to the ice!

We have a wonderful season planned beginning Thursday, Sept. 10. Our test stream skaters and our synchronized skating teams will return to the ice first. Spaces are still available on our synchro teams so if you’re interested in being part of a fantastic team, taking part in some friendly competition, and bonding with amazing people while wearing amazing outfits then check out our synchro page on the web site.

Our learn-to-skate program, CanSkate, gets underway in full force Monday, Sept. 14 and Thursday, Sept. 17. We still have some space in these programs and we’ll be hosting in-house registration Sept. 10, 14 and 17 from 5-7 p.m.

If you prefer, you can avoid the line-up at registration by using the online registration button for CanSkate at our web site www.skateamherstburg.ca. If you have any questions send us an email at info@skateamherstburg.ca or message us using Facebook Messenger. Our dedicated volunteers will get back to you as quickly as possible and are always happy to assist.

Several fun days are planned this season including Halloween, a sports day, skate with Santa, Valentine’s Day, and Hawaiian dress up. Everyone is encouraged to join in the fun including our wonderful program assistants and coaches. Stay up to date by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter @Sk8Amherstburg, and follow fortheloveof_skating on Instagram. Check upcoming events on our website, and even sign up for important text messages (ask us how).

We are so excited to be trying out a new fundraiser this year that we hope will become an annual event! On Oct. 3, we will be enjoying a different sport; golf. Yes, Skate Amherstburg is hosting a golf tournament at Erie Shores! The cost is $100 per person and this includes 18 holes, a golf cart and dinner. You can register a foursome or as an individual. If you don’t golf but would like to enjoy the view and a glass of wine with dinner, there is also a dinner only option for $45. All proceeds will go to our not-for-profit club to assist with the operational costs.

If you are a business owner who would like to support us by sponsoring a flag, golf cart, or by providing a door prize, please get in touch with Ann Peltier at treasurer@skateamherstburg.ca.