District fall fair on next week

Robin McCormick

What’s more a part of summer than the Rainy River Valley Agricultural Society’s annual fall fair in Emo, which this year will be held Aug. 19-21.
As always, there will be a midway, stock car races, the fair queen crowning, entertainment, the loggers’ competition, food booths, and all the other fun things we enjoy every year.
The Emo Legion is hosting beer gardens throughout the entire fair upstairs at the Legion, where food also will be served.
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A dance featuring the band “Nighthawk” will be held this Saturday (Aug. 14) upstairs at the Emo Arena.
Admission is $5 each, and age of majority is required.
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The Salamander Theatre Company of Ottawa will be performing “Romeo and Juliet” on Monday, Aug. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cornell Farm in La Vallee.
Six actors will perform in a 70-minute condensed version of the play—but there will be all the love story, all the sword fights, and all the comedy!
This production has been called “real Shakespeare for real people.” It includes delicate music, compelling actors, and a love story for all time.
It promises to be a great way to spend a summer evening.
Tickets for the show cost $15 in advance, available at the Fort Frances Public Library, Greensides Store in Devlin, the Clover Valley Farmers’ Market in Fort Frances, and Cornell Farms (486-3477).
Tickets at the door cost $18 each.
Thanks to funding from Theatre Ontario and the Ontario Arts Council, Salamander Theatre also is offering a workshop for kids aged 10-16, which will be held at Cornell Farms on Aug. 23 from 3-5 p.m.
The cost is $10 per youth. To register, call 486-3477.
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The “Mamma Mia” sequel is playing until this Friday (Aug. 13) at the Townshend Theatre in Fort Frances.
A group of local talented people have worked hard to make this a success.
Last year’s production was absolutely amazing and I’m sure this year’s will be equally entertaining.
Don’t be disappointed! Get your tickets right away as last year’s shows were a sell-out.
Tickets are available at Northwoods Gallery & Gifts in Fort Frances.
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A Booth reunion was held over the August long weekend at Trail’s End Lodge, with about 135 relatives from Victoria, B.C. to Nova Scotia attending.
Games, fireworks, looking through years of photos, and reliving days gone by helped to make the reunion one that will be remembered for many, many years to come.
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Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Gwen Ogier (nee Hele), who passed away Aug. 3 at Rainycrest in Fort Frances.
Gwen was the wife of Harold Ogier, and they enjoyed 11 years of marriage.
Those who knew Gwen grew to love her cheery personality and twinkle in her eye.
She will be remembered by many.
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A benefit supper for Shawna Pynten, who is struggling with cancer, will be held Aug. 27 at the Morley Park.
The menu will consist of pork on a spit, baked potato, corn on the cob, coleslaw, buns, dessert, and a drink.
The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for kids six-12 (those five and under are free), with tickets available at the municipal office and Greensides Store.
Shawna is the daughter of Willy and Linda Pruys.
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Cards played at the Emo Legion last Wednesday (Aug. 4) saw the high going to Nicole Drennan and Connie Elias while Mary Gavin and Joan Buttazoni took the low.
Mary Alice Drennan won the draw.
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The next “Country Jam” at the Emo Legion is slated for Sept. 17.
Bingos also will resume there next month.
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Robin’s 2¢:
Two elderly gentlemen from a retirement home were sitting on a bench under a tree.
One turned to the other and said, “Slim, I’m 83 years old now and I’m just full of aches and pains.
“I know you’re about my age. How do you feel?”
“I feel just like a newborn baby,” replied Slim.
“Really! Like a newborn baby?” asked the other.
“Yep,” said Slim. “No hair, no teeth, and I think I just wet my pants.”