April 6, 2022
By Chris Drost
Over the past two years, most of the special events we have enjoyed have been canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. There is good news this year, however, as a number of event organizers tell us that plans are underway for 2022.
Bancroft this week contacted for the status of some of these popular events.
Bancroft Broken Spokes Bike Club Weekly Rides
Once the roads and trails are ready to ride, there will be weekly ATV rides for cadets (ages 8-18) and interested parents on Monday evenings, Thursday evening ATV and gravel rides for adults and Saturday morning road rides for adults, a fitness-oriented and fast ride. Registration for Broken Spokes will take place on Monday, April 11 at Physio North, 17 York River Drive in Bancroft. Check the website www.bancroftbrokenspokes.com for updates.
North Hastings Community Choir – Spring Concert – May 28
The North Hastings Community Choir will return to the Village Playhouse in Bancroft on May 28 at 7 p.m. for a highly anticipated spring concert titled “Why We Sing.” Tickets will go on sale by the second week of April via the Playhouse on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or online anytime at Tweed and Company. Plans are already underway for a two-date Christmas concert, Friday, December 9 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, December 10 at 2 p.m. at the Playhouse. Anyone interested in becoming a new member of the choir can contact Fred Henderson at 416-705-3587 or [email protected] No audition required, just a commitment to attend rehearsals every Wednesday from September to May.
Maynooth Farmers’ Market – Saturdays from May 28 through Thanksgiving
The Maynooth Farmers’ Market is scheduled to start on the last Saturday in May as usual, and will run every Saturday until Thanksgiving from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Memories. “Every Sunday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m., Memories will host live music on the pergola lawn. Bring a chair or lawn blanket. The glacier will be open”, explains the organizer, Chris Hass.
Hass also hopes to hold a High Tea once a month at Memories starting on Mother’s Day weekend. “Fancy hats are encouraged,” Hass says.
Bancroft Farmers Market – Fridays from June 1 to October 31
The plan is to start the market on June 1 and run it through October 31 in Millennium Park, likely Fridays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in previous years. Amber McKenzie, Acting Clerk with the Town of Bancroft advises that they are currently looking for a market manager, but have not shown any interest so far. If no market manager shows up by the April 14 deadline, McKenzie advises that unfortunately they will not be able to hold a market. McKenzie can be contacted at [email protected]
Mineral Capital Concerts – Wednesday evenings – July-August
Mineral Capital concerts had become a welcome weekly community pastime at Bancroft’s Millennium Park until they were canceled within the past two years. “We’re just starting to plan, but we’re already hearing from many interested artists,” says organizer Kim Crawford. They will soon contact the previous year’s sponsors and look for new ones. For those wishing to find out more, contact details can be found by visiting www.mineralcapitalconcerts.ca
Bancroft Airport Airline Breakfast – Sunday July 10
The good news for those who love both small planes and a delicious pancake breakfast is that Bancroft Flying Club’s annual Fly-In Pancake Breakfast will be back for 2022 on July 10th. The format should be similar to previous years.
Bancroft Rockhound Gemboree – July 28-31
Organizers have already been working for months to ensure the Bancroft Rockhound Gemboree makes a big comeback after the cancellations of the past two years. The event will take place from July 28 at 10 a.m. to July 31 at 5 p.m. at the North Hastings Community Center. This internationally acclaimed event attracts thousands of serious mineral collectors and more casual rockhounds to Bancroft each year.
Bancroft Art and Craft Guild Summer Show – July 30 – 31
Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the Bancroft Art and Craft Guild Show is going full steam ahead on July 30-31. Bonnie Hobbs and longtime organizer Nancy Brookes will run the show and hopefully recruit new faces and a new coordinator to continue in the years to come. Since posting on Facebook that the popular annual event would be returning, Brookes says there has been tremendous response and interest, which “is very exciting.”
One thing to mention is that this is a juried fair, offering only quality handmade arts and crafts products. No food products such as jam or maple syrup etc. It is also a strictly exterior show. Brookes anticipates that the Algonquin Arts Council’s Mineral Capital Concert band will host the music at the bandstand, which she describes as “very awesome.”
“There are still things to work out, but I’m sure it will be a fantastic event for Bancroft and the region,” said Brookes. She hopes all is well on the health front and things can go through without any ‘strict protocols’ showing up. Those interested in applying for space at the show can email Brookes at [email protected] with a request.
Killaloe Craft and Community Fair – August 5, 6, 7
Plans are well advanced for the Killaloe Craft and Community Fair on August 5, 6 and 7. going to be a great year for the Fair,” says Tao Organ, organizer of the event. There will be a weekend full of camping, music, vendors, workshops and kids’ activities. “For the music, all I can say at this point is that we will have a wide variety of performers, so I expect there will be something for everyone,” adds Organ. They are always looking for volunteers, vendors and artists. Those interested can contact the organizers via the Facebook page or by sending an email to [email protected]
Wilberforce Agricultural Fair – August 5-6
The grand reopening of the Wilberforce Agricultural Fair will take place August 5-6. Many activities are planned, arts and crafts, a children’s world, horse pulls, petting zoo, pony rides and more. For more information visit https://wilberforcefair.com
Coe Hill Agricultural Fair – August 26 and 27
Plans are well advanced for the 2022 Coe Hill Fair on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th August. This popular annual event has something for everyone. Keep up to date with the details by visiting the Coe Hill Agricultural Society on Facebook.
Some event organizers are still in the early planning stages and do not have confirmed dates for these events at this time. Watch Bancroft this week for more announcements as they unfold.
The following events will not return in 2022.
• Newfstock – expected to return in 2023
• Fort Stewart Jamboree – expected to return in 2023
• Wheels, water and fenders
• Maynooth Garlic Festival