Let the Summer Fun Begin!

What a wonderfully busy week it has been here at the Stockey Centre! Monday morning began with a lovely view from the office windows as we watched The Great Race set up in the parking lot. The Race began around 10:30am and in the following hour and a half nearly 100 antique vehicles were displayed. My favourite of course was the old-fashioned Volkswagen Beetles resembling the “Herbie” from the classic 1960s film, The Love Bug. The Stockey Centre was the 6th stop on the long journey that will end this Canada Day, July 1st, in Dearborn, Michigan. The race was a smashing success as the parking lot was filled with local car lovers. We hope to see the beautiful old cars return again next year!

Tuesday we hosted our weekly Bands on the Bay Performance. The Michael Granka Band from Pointe au Baril put on a rockin’ show playing classic hits such as Steve Earle’s Copperhead Road and David Wilcox’s Riverboat Fantasy. The evening was filled with great music, delicious food prepared by Now That’s Catering, ice cold beverages, and a beautiful view of the sun setting over Georgian Bay. As my friend and I took in the wonderful sights and sounds, we relished in our good fortune and agreed that there was no better way to spend a summer evening. How lucky we all are to have this stunning body of water at our fingertips.

The Stockey Centre is fortunate this week to have two major shows back-to-back. The Cowboy Junkies performed last night at 8pm to a very excited audience. Margo Timmins, the lead vocalist for the group, sang with flawless perfection as her powerful voice reverberated through the performance hall walls. Her band (‘the boys’ as she calls them) consists of her brothers Michael Timmins, songwriter and guitar, and Pete Timmins, drums, as well as Alan Anton, bass, and Jeff Bird, a master of many instruments including the fiddle and the harmonica. The band played together with ease and grace while Margo entertained the crowd between sets, even giving two young girls in the front row roses. The show was well received by all and we welcome the return of the Cowboy Junkies any time!

The next show to take place is tonight at 8pm. Down with Webster is a show highly anticipated by the youth in Parry Sound. With an opening by Stereo Kid it is sure to be a hit! And what better way is there to start the summer than by going to a hip show?  The show is selling quickly and promises to rock the house! There are still some tickets left that can be found at www.tickets.stockeycentre.com, by phone at (877)746-4466, at the Box Office, AND even through our Facebook Page!  As I sit here typing the band is setting up downstairs and the anticipation of it all is making me wonder, should I go and take a peek? I think I will…

Thank you all for reading and I look forward to reporting to you on next week’s events!

– Alyssa

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