Have you made it to the Western Fair yet? Me neither, but I just might take the kids there this weekend. If you have already been (and dropped enough money for one year), are you looking for something else to occupy yourself with this weekend? You are in luck, as I’ve got you covered. Look no further than the pages of this blog, as I always try to come up with interesting things for you to see and do in London and the surrounding area. We are lucky to live in a wonderful community, with lots of interesting events and attractions that go on all year long. So what’s going on this weekend?

 

STUFF TO DO IN LONDON THIS WEEKEND

Why not take in a show of a different nature this weekend? Forget the blare of the midway and take a step back into the past at the Museum of Ontario Archaeology (1600 Attawandaron Rd) as they host the Native Harvest Festival and Traditional Pow Wow. Now this is an event that will be not only fun, but also educational. It is a free (donations accepted) event that runs Friday, September 14th, from 7-9pm, through to Saturday and Sunday the 16th, from 10am-4:30pm.

If you are not sure what to expect, not to worry. You can look forward to Native crafts, cultural workshops, children’s activities, plus food vendors to tempt your tummy with. One of the biggest draws of the weekend will be the storytelling, singing and of course the wide variety of Native dancing demonstrations. Have you ever been to a pow wow or seen traditional Native dancing? It is an impressive and powerful experience, replete with intricate costumes and hypnotic rhythms. The beat of a drum is integral to the many dances, that include Men’s Fancy, Grass and Traditional dances, as well as Women’s Fancy Shawl and Jingle Dress dances. That drum just reverberates through everything, including you the listener. If that rhythm infects you and you need to take a piece of it home, be sure to stop into the hand drum workshop, where you can learn some techniques of your own! While you are there, make sure to check out the Longhouse, tour Attawandaron Park, peruse the Galleries and maybe even pick up a souvenir from the Gift Shop. You just might find that you mark the date to go back for their “Christmas in a Longhouse” Native Art & Craft Sale on November 25, 2012!

 

Another local London blogger tipped me off to another way to get back to nature this weekend – at the 2012 Ontario Tree Climbing Competition. Now how is that for a manly way to spend your Saturday? Don’t let me fool you though, as this competition is open to both men and women, and it is all about skill, of which the climbers have a carabiner’s weight-load worth. These amazing arborists will be climbing trees in Springbank Park on Saturday, September 15th, 2012, with their eyes on the International Tree Climbing Championship in Toronto in 2013. You can watch them compete in a variety of skill-testing competitions that make climbing your backyard maple seem like a cakewalk. For those daring enough though, there will be a “Climb for All Ages” area, where you can test your own climbing prowess, under the watchful eye of a professional arborist of course.

 

Or maybe you were thinking of something active, fun and in support of a good cause, like the Easter Seals Power Play Road Hockey Tournament? Now that’s the ticket! Got a good slapshot? Maybe a wrist shot that will impress the likes of Curtis Joseph? Head on down to the Covent Garden market on Friday, September 14, 2012 for the 12th Annual Power Play event of the season and maybe you’ll even meet Cujo himself! Registration begins at 11am and the puck drops at 12:05pm. While there will be a Live Auction helping to raise money as well, all of the action will be on the street. This is 4-on-4 hockey like it should be, with 30 teams  of 6 players each competing for top dog of London’s roads. The best part is that it raises money for Easter Seals kids and at the end of the day, that is what it is all about.

Have a Great Weekend Londoners! 

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