by Lorraine Payette, written June 25, 2014
(Gananoque, ON) Pride shimmered through Gananoque as the town pulled out the stops to celebrate the third annual Summer Solstice – Pride in the Thousand Islands weekend from June 20-22.
The Gananoque Boat Line invited attendees to partake of any or all of three different cruises for the event – ranging from the Rocky Horror Picture Show cruise on the first evening to a daytime cruise through the Thousand Islands hosted by the one and only Babe Kelly, through a final adults only drag cruise featuring top entertainer and performer Bishop Soul doing a tribute to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, as well as one of Toronto’s top drag show divas and quality entertainers from Montreal.
For those who preferred activities on dry land, offerings included the 1000 Islands Pride Bike Ride, Babe Kelly’s Bus Tour, the Thousand Islands Playhouse Theatre’s opening night of “She Loves Me”, and an amazing Pride Gala Party featuring entertainment by Brandon the Hypnotist, Faye Slift and DJ Phil V.
“It’s all just been so wonderful,” said Babe Kelly. “Every year Gananoque lets the world know they can party like nowhere else! It’s all about the Islands – anyone can have a parade on dry land, but out on the water it’s absolutely fabulous.”
Kelly went on to extol the virtues of the area, and especially the warmth and hospitality shown by the residents and local businesses.
Partying went on well into the night and past the 12:00 expected end of celebrations. The following day was Rainbow Family Fun Day, celebrated with Live Music, face painters, kids’ games, puppet show, crafts and more. Everyone was invited to come out and enjoy a day with family and friends, and get a chance to get to know new people just a little better.
The weekend ended with the 1000 Islands Playhouse Reading presenting a staged reading of a new Canadian play, “Bed and Breakfast” – a comedic look at a gay couple
who inherit a family home in a quiet tourist town.
It is expected that each year the event will continue to grow, bringing in new acts and entertainment and catering to guests in a way that only Gananoque can do.