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September busy month in Waterford

By Carol Steedman

Members of the planning group for the upcoming Norfolk 150 Harvest Party in Waterford include, from left, Barry Malcolm of the  Waterford Chamber of Commerce; Claire Senko, program director at Old Town Hall;  Catherine Coughell, assistant curator at Waterford Heritage and Agricultural Museum;  Katherine Hogg, Old Town Hall gallery curator and lead artist for art exhibition; and Tracy Winkworth, chef for the Feast in the Street and Nosh Walks. The party takes place Sept. 22-24. (Submitted photo)

Members of the planning group for the upcoming Norfolk 150 Harvest Party in Waterford include, from left, Barry Malcolm of the Waterford Chamber of Commerce; Claire Senko, program director at Old Town Hall; Catherine Coughell, assistant curator at Waterford Heritage and Agricultural Museum; Katherine Hogg, Old Town Hall gallery curator and lead artist for art exhibition; and Tracy Winkworth, chef for the Feast in the Street and Nosh Walks. The party takes place Sept. 22-24. (Submitted photo)

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Waterford is brimming with events through September, and all are quite exciting to experience.

Norfolk 150 Harvest Party extends from September 22 to 24 with locations throughout the town.

Claire Senko, artistic director for Old Town Hall in Waterford, and James Christison, curator at Waterford Heritage and Agricultural Museum, have collaborated on the events.

Artists Kathryn Hogg, Tanya Logan and Kit Julien start the weekend of Sept. 22 to 24 with an interactive art exhibition named “Common Ground: Food as a universal experience” on Friaday evening as well as Saturday and Sunday, starting at 10 a.m. on both days. Also at the Old Town Hall on Friday evening is author Catherine M.A. Wiebe reading from her book, Second Rising, which is poetic prose about food and memories.

On Sept. 23, new and familiar shops on Alice Street will offer gift ideas and demonstrations such as one in soap-making at Waterford Girl Soap Studio, located next to Ritzy Cakes on Alice Street. Across the street are more gift shops at Nifty Gifty and Floral Designs & Home Decor. Lots of fun will be found on Alice Street with buskers, music and surprises for all.

A guided Nosh Walk is a walking tour through Waterford and features local historians, Alison Bell and Karen Lindsay, telling history snippets, related food stories and culminating with noshes crafted by Chef Tracy Winkworth at Waterford Agricultural and Heritage Museum. Tours start at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m.and 2 p.m. on Sept. 23 and 24. Tickets are at Waterford Old Town Hall and the museum.

On Saturday evening, Alice Street will be closed for the Feast in the Street from 5:30 to 8 p.m., then opened to the public for a free street dance from 8 to 11 p.m. with a live band. A cash bar is on site, and many local stores will be open and animated during that time. Check websites for more information.

Tickets are selling fast for the dinner at $125 and are now only available at Kerry’s Eastery on St. James Street and Waterford Girl Soap Studio. Limited tickets are online at ticketscene.ca/waterford.

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Darren Heimbecker of Whistling Gardens near Wilsonville is featured on #botanicalgardenbooster for the work he has done at their local location. Check their website to find fall events.

Sept. 9 is the annual Kerry’s Kids BBQ at Kerry’s Eatery on St. James St. Free hot dogs and drinks, games, face-painting and more will appeal to the whole family and benefit local youth programs. Note the change of time from noon to 4 p.m.

Waterford & District Horticultural Society hosts its 60th anniversary event on Sept. 11 at Waterford Legion Branch #123, 223 Nichol St. West. Social time is 5:30 p.m. and a full roast beef dinner with celebration cake and ice-cream is $15 per person. If interested, phone 519-443-4222 or email waterfordhort@hotmail.com. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Norfolk Studio Tour 2017 is September 16 and 17 with brochures at local businesses or check norfolkstudiotour.com.

Carol Steedman is a freelance writer who lives in Waterford. Readers can contact her at goffsteedman@execulink.com.