Changes coming to 1000 Islands Gananoque Chamber of Commerce

(Gananoque, ON) Two new employees are planning significant changes for the 1000 Islands Gananoque Chamber of Commerce.

“Jan Murray, previously of the Brockville Chamber has stepped in as the new General Manager,” said Su Halle, new head of Marketing and Communications for the Chamber.

A new website/directory has been created and is now live. The site is open for all members to purchase advertising space and provides businesses the opportunity to reach out to the community.

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More information needed to settle future of Kinsmen Hall

Floor plan of the Kinsmen Building as provided by the Town of Gananoue.

(Gananoque, ON) The Kinsmen Building Advisory Panel (KBAP) held a meeting at the Lou Jeffreys Arena on July 11. In attendance were KBAP members including Mayor Ted Lojko, Deputy Mayor Dave Anderson and Councillor David Osmond as well as Shellee Fournier, CAO and Penny Kelly, Clerk / CEMC.

A request for submissions of expression of interest was made at the KBAP meeting held on May 25. A set format was laid out, and interested parties were given until no later than July 6, 2022, at 4 p.m. to deliver their paperwork. Each group was required to provide a complete organizational profile as laid out by the Town, financial information, organizational experience, a concept summary, and letters of reference. Organizations were offered assistance in filling out the forms not only from the Town’s webpage, but they could also submit questions in writing to the CAO. Submissions were evaluated on a points system taking into consideration community benefit, the quality of the proposal, price per square foot, and references.

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The Music Man marching its way to Thousand Islands Playhouse

Thousand Islands Playhouse Youth Ensemble running over the choreography in rehearsal for “Seventy-Six Trombones” with the Music Man himself, David Leyshon. Supplied by Thousand Islands Playhouse

(Gananoque, ON) Can even 76 trombones and 110 cornets save conman Harold Hill from the righteous wrath of River City if they should discover the truth about him? Or can Marian the Librarian work her magic to save him from himself? Find out when The Music Man marches onto the stage at the Thousand Islands Playhouse’s Springer Theatre in Gananoque starting on July 19.

“I’ve been working on this one for three years,” said Brett Christopher, Managing Artistic Director for the Playhouse. “It’s been a long haul to get it to finally see stage light.”

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Horticultural Society holding garden tour in Gananoque

An arched trellis is an invitation to see more. The Gananoque Horticultural Society will be holding their Annual Garden Tour on Sunday, July 10. copyright Lorraine Payette

(Gananoque, ON) After two years of following pandemic protocols and being unable to hold their normal public events, the Gananoque Horticultural Society (GHS) is happy to be able to once again invite everyone to attend their Annual Garden Tour on Sunday, July 10.

“This is our first garden tour since 2019,” said Joan MacKinnon, GHS secretary. “Some of the gardens have been ‘on hold’ since 2020, while others were just chosen this spring. There’s not really a theme to the tour, but we’re always looking for appealing back gardens preferably within town. We are always on the lookout for gardens though sometimes gardeners contact us, and we go to take a look – interesting and unusual plantings always appeal to everyone.”

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