At 1 p.m. on Sunday, Irish Week was officially declared at City Hall prior to the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Mayor Daryl Bennett (see pic at left) and Colleen Allen, President of the Peterborough Irish Club, said a few welcoming words before the Irish flag was raised for the week, followed by the Irish anthem sung both in Gaelic and English.
The Peterborough Irish Club was founded in 1975 and has grown since the homecoming that year, which celebrated the 150th year since the Irish settlers arrived in the city and area. Currently, the club stands at more than 200 members in the community.
This Thursday (March 17th) starting at 6 p.m., the club will host Irish festivities at their annual St. Patrick's Day celebrations held at the Evinrude Centre (911 Monaghan Road). Tickets are $15 at the door. It will be a pub-style atmosphere with live music and large screen video performances by international Irish artists.
Don't forget to wear green!!
[Contributed by PtboCanada's Julie Morris]
The Scroll and Bow Strings Orchestra marked the opening of Peterborough Snofest today with a musical treat. Headed by Lakefield College music teacher John Kraus, they delighted the audience with their festive music.
Master of Ceremonies Catherine Hanrahan (pictured above) introduced many VIPs, including Mayor Daryl Bennett (pictured cutting the ribbon below), MPP Jeff Leal, Councillor Lesley Parnell and Snofest mascot Snofest Pete.
The ribbon cutting ceremony opens a week of events which can be viewed on their calendar, including Sunday's Snofest Idol at 2 p.m. at Showplace (free admission with nonperishable food donation is appreciated) and numerous food and game events throughout the week.
[Words and Pictures by PtboCanada's Evan Holt]
Former mayors Sylvia Sutherland and Paul Ayotte were in attendance at the Inauguration of Peterborough City Council today. It should be an interesting and—hopefully—highly productive and transparent four years with Mayor Daryl Bennett and the new City Council, which is composed of a mix of rookies and seasoned veterans.
There has been talk around the Patch about creating a designated "Entertainment District" down around Showplace, Market Hall and The Venue in the hopes of drawing even more townsfolk—and tourists—downtown. Optics mean a lot, and a branded "Entertainment District" might help.
We asked our new Mayor Daryl Bennett what he has to say about this. "There will be a focus on the need to cultivate the entertainment district," Bennett tells us, adding that he will be gathering more intel on the Municipal Cultural Plan that is already underway, as well as attending its visioning forum and public open house (which is happening today, November 29th). "The information gathered through this process will assist as we move ahead with the central core of our city," he adds.
The Venue's manager Christian Tanna told the Examiner recently that "Within a few years I think you are going to see this block have a bit of a renaissance from a business standpoint. It kind of in a way becomes Peterborough's new entertainment district."
Downtown stores have been branding this "Fashion District", so why not a create a "Entertainment District"? Go downtown and shop, eat and then take in a show.
Monday 25, 2010
Attendance at Gentry Apparel in Peterborough Square at 360 George Street North. In a municipal adaptation of a Federal or Provincial Finance Minister purchasing new shoes prior to delivering a budget, Mr. Bennett will be purchasing a new tie.
1.30 to 2 PM:
Voting at City Hall.
Attendance at the Bennett Election Night event at the Trentwinds International Centre, 264 Lansdowne Street East.