By John Swartz
Tuesday, February 6, and Wednesday, February 7, will be a busy days in downtown Orillia. Mayor Don McIsaac and Chief Ted Williams of the Chippewas of Rama will welcome Ontario Lt. Governor Edith Dumont to Orillia. There will be a public reception at the Orillia Recreation Centre at 3:45 p.m.
The visit coincides with the opening of the Ontario 55+ Winter Games. Opening ceremonies will be held at both the Opera House and St. Paul’s Centre at 7:30 p.m. About 1,000 athletes will be coming to Orillia to participate in sports like hockey, curling, alpine skiing, badminton, volleyball, duplicate bridge, table tennis, and prediction skating.
The ceremonies will also feature live music performances, as they have in the past. Classic Lightfoot Live is playing at the Opera House and the Thompson Egbo-Egbo Trio at St. Paul’s. Peter Street from Coldwater to Neywash Street will be closed to traffic beginning at 4 p.m.
The games will take place February 7 and 8 at the following venues: Rotary Place, Barnfield Point Recreation Centre, Orillia Recreation Centre, Horseshoe Resort, Coldwater Curling Club, and the Mnjikaning Sports Ki. Sports events are free to attend (you can find a schedule here) and some uses of some facilities may not be available, or limited.
Wednesday evening Peter Street from Colborne to Mississaga Street will be closed and downtown stores will be open for an evening event. Several venues will have live music. They are: Jakob Pearce will be playing at Apple Annie’s; Julien Kelland at Couchiching Craft Brewing; Fence Monkey at Alleycats Music and Paul Morgan at Fionn MacCool’s.
The games can be followed on Facebook.
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