Hometown Holiday Weekend: The spirit of the community

Friday, Nov. 2, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Hometown Holiday Weekend: The spirit of the community

Music, dancing, parades, pets, crafts, cookies, fellowship and fun

Producer and Crooner Rick Kish in LINK Theatre’s A (Really) Retro Christmas, at Blyth Memorial Community Hall.

BLYTH – The Blyth BIA is pleased to announce a Hometown Holiday Weekend for residents and tourists living in and all around the Village, Nov. 30 to Dec. 2.

Festivities kick off on Friday, Nov. 30, with the traditional Lighting of the Lights ceremony. The community will also host an Artisans Night Market and an incredible concert to get the holidays humming: LINK Theatre’s A (Really) Retro Christmas, at Blyth Memorial Community Hall. Take a journey back to those ‘50s/’60s Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra style Christmas specials. This show brings together Crooners Rick Kish and Connor Boa, the fabulous Croonettes, and a three-piece band for an evening of surprises, great stories and swingin’ tunes. Starting at 8 p.m., the show features two hours of popular standards of the era as well as a whole lotta Christmas Music. Tickets are $35 for Adults, $20 for Youth, available at the Blyth Festival Box Office by calling 519-523-9300 or online at blythfestival.com. This show guarantees you will leave the theatre with the holidays humming on your lips. Bring your own mistletoe. 

On Saturday, residents are invited to dress up their canine friends and enter the Festive Dog/Christmas Canine Costume Contest where prizes will be awarded. The Santa Claus Parade features the pets, Clinton Legion pipe band, Celtic Blue Highlanders, and Seaforth Girls Marching Band as well as more than 40 other business, service club and family floats. Santa (AKA Kris Kringle, AKA Jolly Saint Nick) will be on hand for photos at Memorial Hall. A traditional Family Holiday Dinner and Dance to the sounds of Huron County’s own The Cultural Collective. As an added treat, award-winning dancers Les Cook and Julie Sawchuk, who took bronze at this year’s Dancing with the Stars in Goderich, will be performing their heralded routine.  Dancing in her wheelchair, accessibility advocate Sawchuk dazzled audiences at this year’s Victim Services fundraiser. This is a chance to see the routine that took the bronze medal.

Then, on Sunday, Dec. 2, the Firefighters host a breakfast, and a holiday movie provide lots more opportunities to celebrate the season. And, the weekend culminates with a community Advent Service at the Blyth United Church at 7 p.m.

Community group Friends of the Village of Blyth, which focuses on public gardens and green spaces and supports local community betterment projects, host an A-Door-Able Holiday Wreaths contest for all our member businesses. Everyone is invited to visit them all this holiday season to see the creativity on their doors and check all those special items off the shopping list. Shopping local is vital for a vibrant business community. 

Full details including parade and pet entry forms, times and locations of all activities are available at BlythNow.ca. Some events and activities are free.  

Concert and Dinner and Dance tickets are available through the Blyth Festival Box Office, at 519.523.9300, or blythfestival.com.

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For more information, contact:
Gil Garratt, Secretary, Blyth BIA
Phone: 519.523.9300
Email: ggarratt@blythfestival.com