Top Five Things to See and Do in Fall 2011

Top Five Things to See and Do, Fall events, Kingston, OntarioIt’s that magical time year where we rhyme off our top five most anticipated community, cultural social and entertainment calendar highlights over the next three months. With Thanksgiving, Halloween and the silly season all fast approaching, here’s what we plan on slowing down to check out!

Wolfe Island Corn Maze, September-October: This year’s design features two mazes with a refreshment area in the middle called the “Oasis Rest Stop”. The 50 acre property on Wolfe Island offers the perfect venue for a variety of activities that all come under the heading of good, clean fun! Learn about the wind turbines at an exhibit as you exit the maze, visit with the farm animals and take a leisurely ride on the ferry. Reservations are required for flashlight nights and large group bookings, while prices range from $8.50 for adults to $6.50 for kids.

PS I love you, 29 October: Regular readers will likely recognize these guys, as we’ve featured quite a bit of their work over the past year. Needless to say, PS I love you is doing pretty darn good these days with international tours and shows that have put a few stamps on their passports. Whenever they gig back here at home, we do our darnedest to attend. Check them out at The Grad Club for a mere $13.00 – tickets via The Grad Club, Tricolour Outlet and

Rick Hansen “Man in Motion Relay”, October 30: 25 years ago, Rick Hansen ‘wheeled’ himself through 34 countries, and over 40,000 km. His goal was to make the world a more accessible and inclusive place, and to find a cure for spinal cord injury. 25 years later, we mark the anniversary of the world tour in Kingston’s Market Square when it stops for an end of day celebration on its way across the country. Join fellow Kingstonians on Sunday afternoon, for this inspirational event, as our medal bearer arrives in the square. The crowd will be entertained with live music, activities and community displays, during the most inclusive event Kingston has ever hosted!

Footloose, 10-19 November: After the tremendous success of “Buddy, the Buddy Holly Story” last year, Kinsmen are excited to bring another rockin’ musical to the Grand Theatre with their production of Footloose. Based on the unforgettable 1984 blockbuster movie, the show includes hit songs from the original soundtrack including “Footloose”, “Holding out for a Hero”, and “Let’s Hear it for the Boy”. It’s also worth noting that Kingston’s-own Emily Fennel will star as Ariel in the production. While tickets range from $35 to $40, keep in mind that the Kinsmen are a local non-profit organization, and all of the funds generated from this production will be committed to helping those in need in Kingston.

Jingle Bell Walk, 2 December: Honestly, the last thing I want to think about right now is Christmas, the silly season and the endless chore of shovelling snow.  Having said that, the prospect of a holiday does seem appealing.  What better way to embrace the seasonal spirit than taking part in the annual Jingle Bell Walk?  This event welcomes everyone to walk to City Park to see the lighting of the trees, or stay at Market Square and participate in a leisurely, and totally free skate.

Thanks and photo credit to: SPazzø (Corn Maze), TonyFelgueiras (PS I love you), Francesco Cataldo (Rick Hansen), and thorinside (twinkling lights).

Harvey Kirkpatrick

Harvey Kirkpatrick is Kingstonist's Co-Founder. His features curiously explore urban planning, what if scenarios, the local food scene and notable Kingstonians. Loves playing tourist and listening to rap music. Learn more about Harvey...

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