Easter family fun
The photo booth provided fun for people of all ages at the Easter Egg Hunt on April 20 at North Stormont Place in Avonmore. The Fraser family had some fun with the props available at the photo booth. Pictured here, mom Shayla Fraser with daughters Joycelyn and Katharine and son Liam. Thompson Goddard photo
AVONMORE – On April 20, the local community gathered at North Stormont Place (NSP) in Avonmore for a fun-filled day of Easter and spring-time activities for young and old alike.
There was no shortage of diners as the Roxborough Agricultural Society once again demonstrated its culinary skill, serving up another delicious community breakfast as the day began. Organizers estimated that approximately 300 people dropped by North Stormont Place to enjoy a full-course breakfast that included pancakes, sausages, scrambled eggs and home fried potatoes.
Diners were able to enjoy some local maple syrup on their pancakes and in the foyer the annual Rubber Boot Challenge saw Nancy Wert providing visitors with the opportunity to taste test eight maple syrups produced locally and vote on a favourite. Gregg Villeneuve of Maxville was voted the winner of the 2019 Rubber Boot Award, with Neil Robinson and Terry MacElroy winning second and third spots respectively in the people’s choice contest.
Shortly after 10 a.m., the No Trebles Stormont County 4-H Music Club held their Achievement Day in the banquet room of NSP, providing friends and family with musical selections incorporating drum music and dance. Club spokesperson, Jonas Goodman thanked the Roxborough Agricultural Society and the Avonmore Community Athletic Association for being able to hold their Achievement Day at the event. He explained to those gathered how the 21 members had met since January of this year, exploring and making music under the guidance of Jody Marsolais of the Rhythm Room.
The back doors to NSP opened at around 11 a.m. with a mad rush of children, some accompanied by adults, making their way to the high point of the event – the Easter Egg Hunt. The event, organized and run by the Avonmore Community Athletic Association, was a huge success despite the soggy ground. Carrie Couturier, who was busy exchanging baskets of eggs for sacks of candy, commented that this was the biggest turnout in the history of the event with approximately 150 children participating.
During the morning, the Avonmore Branch of the SDG County Library was open and in the boardroom of NSP, ACAA held their registration for summer sports. If you missed signing up on Saturday, organizers mentioned there will be a registration for summer sports at NSP on April 30 between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., with registration times for swimming classes announced shortly.
North Stormont Place has become a focal point in the municipality, providing residents and guests with a place to gather, to celebrate how North Stormont is a “good place to grow”.
Carolyn Thompson Goddard, grew up in Chesterville and attended North Dundas District High School. After completing her BA in Political Science at Carleton University she has worked as a medical secretary and library technician. In 2020 she graduated from Algonquin College with a diploma in Journalism and has been a reporter and column writer for The Chesterville Record for over 10 years.