Awards celebrate heritage and culture

The Dogwood Awards, named for Norfolk County’s official flower, were established in 2007 to honour individuals and groups who make contributions to local heritage and culture.
This year’s winners are: individual, artist Marguerite Larmand; lifetime achievement, Stan Morris of the Port Dover Maple Leaf; and group, La Salette Area Rural Roots Community Hall Corp., which owns and operates the La Salette Historic Church and Community Hall.
It is fitting that the awards will be presented on June 21 at 7 p.m. at the LaSalette Historic Church.
While it once served the area’s Catholics, the church and adjacent community hall, once a one-room school house dating back to 1906, operate as a venue hall, hosting weddings, concerts, movie shoots, photo sessions and more.
Visitors are welcome to view the gothic revival style church and learn the history of people in the surrounding area. The community spirit lives on in the area residents who volunteer at many of the events held there.
The non-profit Rural Roots group was registered in 2009 with the intent to save the former school house. In 2011, the group was offered the opportunity to acquire the former LaSalette Catholic Church.
On June 24, the venue will host a concert by the Good Brothers. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. The show gets under way at 8 p.m. Opening the concert will be Langton singing stars, The Small Town Girls,
Feel like enjoying a meal out before the concert? Perfect! The hall will host a fish fry from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Cost is $25 in advance.
Tickets for the concert and fish fry (children under 12 cost $12) can be purchased at Beyers Store, 159 LaS alette Rd. The telephone number is 519-582-1736.
Congratulations to the Waterford Public School Wildcats for their great showing in the recent two day intra-school three-pitch tournaments. Both the Intermediate and junior teams finished first in the ‘B’ division finals of their respective pools.
Bring your lawn chairs to the Old Town Hall summer concerts starting Thursday, June 29. Kicking off the season will be the Haldimand-Norfolk Concert Band. The concerts feature great entertainment by local musicians and singers – and they are free.
Enjoy rain or shine as the entertainment moves indoors in the event of rain.
Our Town is an Expositor feature that presents news and views from communities in our area. Brenda Dredge is a freelance writer who lives in Waterford. E-mail her at