The Grenville Musical Spring Fling takes place at the Grenville Community Centre on Sunday, June 4 and this year, the event will raise funds for a $1,000 bursary for a Laurentian Regional High School (LRHS) graduate.
The event, organized on behalf of the LRHS class of 75, will also offer an additional $100 bursary for music to a second graduate.
Event organizers are Betty Cousins, Eric Rainey, Brian Clark and Dale Cousins.
Rainey said that he first became involved working with Elsie Formagie on past Grenville musical fundraisers.
“I have to say, the bands and everyone, including our sponsors, are so generous. The bands and musicians are donating their time to our event,” Rainey said.
The doors open just before 1 p..m. and the event kicks off at 1 p.m. sharp with LRHS student Ben Foreman performing, followed by The Stray Dogs at 1:20 p.m. LRHS student Abbie Hope McCutcheon will perform at 2:20 p.m., followed by Victor Courte at 2:40 p.m., then LRHS student Emma Foreman at 3:25 p.m. and then a brief performance by Beth Prophet Rouleau at 3:45 p.m. Shelley Downing will take to the stage at 4:05 p.m., followed by the Honeymead Brewers at 4:30 p.m. and the final act of the day will be Foreman & Co. at 5:25 p.m.
The Stray Dogs are known for playing country favourites. Shelley Downing’s fiddle music is influenced by the French, Scottish and Irish settlers in the region. Victor Courte, hailing from Harrington, is a well-known entertainer and singer-songwriter well-loved by his fans.
Foreman & Co. is a band which plays the hits from Springsteen, The Band, Tomy Pett and the Hearbreakers, and more. Band leader Tom Foreman is a songwriter in his own right, so listen for local references in his songs, with all have connections to communities in the region.
Throughout the event, a silent auction will be set up offering items which have donated; this is yet another part of the fundraiser. There will be door prizes, too, says Rainey.
Admission is $12 for adults and $5 for students. You can get tickets by contacting Rainey at 613-632-6764, by stopping by The Review offices at 76 Main Street East in Vankleek Hill, or by purchasing at Dépanneur Kilmar.