Burgess’s Bala’s celebrating 100th anniversary with busy bash already underway
BALA — The little town that could — and did — is celebrating a century of “doing.”
And they’re not about to let the controversy over the hydro project get in their way.
Spring has started to bloom in the Township of Muskoka Lakes and Bala’s “100 Ways, 100 Days to Celebrate Bala’s 100 Anniversary” is ramping up as well, organizers of this year’s celebration say in a news release this week.
And it’s shaping up with a busy summer on their doorstep.
New events are in the works and announcements will be made by the organizers as they are confirmed and may include a Beer Festival, a Reggae Celebration, Wakeboarding and a Zombie Walk.
This is a project of organizers alone and there is no financial support from the Township of Muskoka Lakes nor have any funding grants been received.
Bala was first settled by Thomas Burgess in 1868 and was incorporated in 1914. At the time, Bala was the smallest incorporated town in Canada. Bala businesses are rolling out the red carpet in 2014 to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the town’s incorporation.
A couple of businesses have already started the celebration.
Cottage Cravings has been hosting monthly dinner nights, bringing the flavours of the world to Bala.
So far they have included meals inspired by Texas, Germany, Key West and England. May 6-8 brings the almost sold out Jamaican Me Crazy to Cottage Cravings with one more set of dinners planned in early June.
Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh and Muskoka Lakes Winery have hosted several events over the winter and spring as well. They continue to hold daily tours and wine tastings.
The Kee to Bala will once again be bring world class entertainment and concerts to Bala starting in May. The Kee also hosts weekly resort nights. New this year is The Kee 5k, a running and walking event on July 5 followed by a live concert.
The Actor’s Colony Theatre will be marking the 80 anniversary of professional summer theatre in Canada, with events starting in June and theatre performances throughout July and August.
They have paired together with the Moon River Lookout and Bala Bay Inn for dinner and theatre packages.
The 12 Annual Spring Art Tour will be celebrated June 7 and 8 with the Bala Bay Inn playing host to 4 of the tours many artists’ homes.
The Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour has a stop a Christine Marshall’s Gallery September 27 & 28 and October 4 & 5.
The Bala Arena will play host to Summer and Fall Antique Shows, while the Chamber of Commerce hosts simultaneous Craft Shows at the Bala Community Centre. The Arena will also have summer programs until hockey and ringette resume in the fall for another exciting season.
BalaMuseum with Memories of Lucy Maud Montgomery will be welcoming guests as well as
participating in the Opens Doors Event.
The Bala Curling Club, fresh off of celebrating their own 100 Anniversary celebrations will host a golf tournament in September and curling will resume in early November.
The Bala Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion will play host to their 9 annual Cruiz-In for Veterans Car Show on June 29. They will be hosting many other events including once a month Friday dinners and Sunday breakfasts.
The Moon River Property Owners Association plays host to Bala’s biggest Canada Celebration at Margaret Burgess Park. With cake, entertainment and fireworks.
Everyone is encourage to participate in Ontario’s Family Fishing Week from July 5-13 and there’s no better place to get equipped with bait, tackle or a boat than at Purk’s Place.
Watersports dot the calendar during the summer in Bala. Enjoy the weekly summer waterski shows at WindsorPark or events hosted by Bush’s Sports Centre.
Bala’s famous Cranberry Festival will celebrate it’s 30 year October 17-19 with events in Bala, at Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh and Iroquois Cranberry Growers.
Bala’s Santa Claus Parade occurs early each November. Bala’s Trek to Bethlehem will be held on Saturday Dec. 6. And there’s always a rocking good New Year’s event to finish out the year.
Have fun but enjoy responsibly. Bala was the location for the first detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police in 1921 and the O.P.P. will be having unannounced events as well including R.I.D.E, water safety, seat belt and distracted driving programs for everyone’s safety.
Have a Ball in Bala and enjoy the 100 Ways, 100 Days to Celebrate Bala’s 100 Anniversary!
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