Holy Hannah, we are into June already! You know what that means, don’t you? While summer is still officially three weeks away, festival season is set to begin. Get set to enjoy the 2012 Summer season London! It is shaping up to be another fabulous summer.

 

The folks in Old South figure that they know the best way to start summer fun; with a trip to Wortley Village this Saturday, June 2nd, to check out the 30th annual Gathering on the Green! Just one of London, Ontario’s many free festivals, the Gathering on the Green is a fun day for the whole family. And where would you go to find this festival, but in the heart of Old South itself; the Village Green. Tucked in beside the Normal School, at the corner of Wortley Rd and Elmwood Ave, this green space is transformed into a party atmosphere complete with a tea garden, a stage featuring many live, local musicians, an all-day barbeque, and even a dunk tank! Vendors are located throughout the park, selling everything from plants, to jewellery, artwork, crafts, and so much more. There will be a kids area, where face painting, crafts and other fun activities are planned. Plus a silent auction will raise money to help sponsor various local projects in the Old South area. The festival goes on rain or shine from 9am-5pm, so swing by to check out the fun. You might see an old friend or meet some new ones. The heart of Old South shines on this day, so head out to join the fray!

 

Another fun event going on in London this Saturday is the 4th annual Touch-a-Truck event. This year’s event is at the North Rona on Wonderland Rd and runs from 10am-2pm. There will be food, face painting, fun and of course several large trucks on hands for people to explore. This year’s event promises to be another exciting exhibit, with a variety of vehicles, including a purple cement mixer, backhoe, ambulance, school bus, coach, recycling truck, transport, water truck and many more vehicles on hand. You have the opportunity to climb up into the cab, sit in the driver’s seat and honk the horn of any vehicle on hand. All for a mere $5, with proceeds going to Parkwood Children’s Daycare Centre. Tell me your kids wouldn’t enjoy sitting at the wheel of a purple cement mixer. Or you for that matter!

 

And as June begins, all the parents out there realize that this year’s school days are coming to an end. If that makes you look back at your own school days in London, then I have one more suggestion. If nostalgia is nagging at you, then head on over to your old highschool Beal this weekend. You won’t believe it, but H.B. Beal Secondary School is turning 100 years old this year! There is a 4-day celebration of everything Beal planned, featuring a car show, performing arts showcase, Globe Show, Alumni sports event, a Gala dance, and even a concert on Sunday.  You can walk the halls of your old Alma Mater, check out the decades and archives rooms to peer at the memorabilia, or even buy a piece of art at the Year-end Art show. Take in a performance of Hairspray, listen to Denise Pelley sing her special rendition of jazz vocals or dance the night away to the 18-member Prime Time Big Band, led by George Laidlaw. All of this from some of the talented students, past and present, that have walked the halls of one of London’s oldest high schools. If you ever spent any time there, then I would suggest a trip down memory lane for you starting today.

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