by Lorraine Payette, written October 15, 2013
(GANANOQUE, ONTARIO) Autumn chose to weave its magic spell in Gananoque starting on September 28, bringing out not only the best in the harvest at the farmers’ market, but the annual indulgence known as Cultural Days.
More than a single activity, cultural days takes a weekend to expose everyone to fun on many levels. From the amazing PumpGan Fest held in the Town Park, to Doors Open and Trails Open, it was a weekend of great things to do.
At PumpGan Fest, everything pumpkin is celebrated. Come try your hand at carving, or maybe pumpkin bowling is more your style. There’s pumpkin hockey and even pumpkin seed spitting, not to mention pumpkin treats available from different vendors.
And if you’ve ever been fascinated by all those gorgeous old buildings in town, wondering what they were like inside, Doors Open gives you a chance to peek inside and see. Some of the best places in the area open themselves up and invite the public in to get a good look at all the treasures that are there to admire.
Meanwhile, Trails Open lets locals and visitors alike have a chance to get out and try Gananoque’s several walking trails. Taking in the town’s special beauty has an added charm when guides come out to help you appreciate all that you are seeing.
A second painted piano was installed at the Legion Park, and everywhere, people came out to have a good time.
The weekend also included authour’s readings by George Caron at All About Books as well as Artist’s Demonstrations at the Pump House Gallery and Joanne Gervais’ studio by the Waterfront. Caron was reading from his book, Mouse on a String in the Prison for Women, where he worked as a warden. Gervais was giving tours of her studio as well as demonstrating different techniques used in her paintings.
Cultural Days is an annual event, open to all who wish to attend. Events are free of charge.