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It’s the weekend before Halloween. That means that ghosts and goblins will be alive and well across the city attending eerie events and creepy costume parties galore. Did you get invited to Dave’s Devil Dance? Me neither, but I know of a few other places you can go to scare the wits out of yourself. Or have a laugh with your family Frankensteins.

Halloween Hyjinxs In Your Neighbourhood This Weekend

Halloween in the Village:

Wortley Village; October 26 from 4-7 pm. Parade at 7 pm.

The 3rd Annual Halloween in the Village will be held on Saturday, October 26th, 2013. There will be food, drinks, BBQ, Sweet Treats and more! Don’t miss the crafts and games for the kids. And of course join the parade! Make sure to dress up in your most creative costumes for this family fun event. There will be prizes for best costume, group and non-motorized float.

Haunted Mansion:

Grosvenor Lodge (1017 Western Rd); October 25-27 from 7-9 pm. Cost $5 per person

Are you up for an exorcism? Do you feel brave enough to walk with the undead at one of London, Ontario’s oldest homes? The folks from Heritage London Foundation are betting that you’ll be scared witless when you encounter the ghosts, ghouls and witches coven that have taken over Grosvenor Lodge this Halloween. So what do you think? Will you cast your money in the devil’s hat to prove your bravery, or run screaming from the Haunted Mansion this fall?

Beware Count Dracula’s Farm at Fanshawe Pioneer Village this fall

Haunted Village Hayrides:

Fanshawe Pioneer Village (1424 Clarke Rd); October 24-27, 29, 30. Performances at 7 pm, 8 pm, 9 pm on Thursday and Sunday, 7 pm, 8 pm, 9 pm, 10 pm on Friday and Saturday. Cost $11 per person. Not recommended for children under 8 years.

We’ve all heard of Count Dracula. You may know that he resided in Transylvania, where he terrorized the locals mercilessly. Well, it would seem that the Old Country is too Oldschool for Drac, so he’s headed to Middlesex county to lie low and take on the personae of a simple farmer. But his bloodthirsty ways haven’t been left behind and the poor peasants around these parts are in danger! Jump aboard the Haunted Village Hayride this Fall at Pioneer Village for Jason Rip’s latest spooky play. If you DARE!

Storybook Gardens Storyspook Village:

Storybook Gardens (1958 Storybook Lane); October 24, 27-30 from 6-8 pm. Cost $12 per child (children under 2 free)

Bring your flashlight and a costume for spooky fun for the younger set. Enter through the haunted castle. Trick or treat around Storyspook Village and spy 20 costumed storybook characters. Dance at the Fairy Scary Dance Party. Listen to tales of the deep dark ocean at the Pirate’s creepy ship. Take a ride on the spotlight train. Discover other spooky nooks and corners around the grounds of Storyspook Village. Don’t forget your treat bags!

Storybook Gardens Trick or Treat Spooktacular

The Storyspook Village isn’t the only fun to be had at Storybook Gardens this Halloween. Head to Storybook Gardens on October 25-26 between 6-8:30 pm for even more Spooktacular fun. There will be a camp fire, roasting of ghost droppings over the fire, scary story time, spooky crafts, a puppet show and more. You must pre-register for the event through Spectrum. Cost is $13, children under 2 free.

Who needs Dave anyway, when there is this much spooky fun to be had in London, Ontario this weekend?!


The summer is winding down, but there are still plenty of festivals around the Forest City. London, Ontario should almost think of changing its name to the “Festival” City come summertime, as there are no less than three more festivals going on this weekend. The weather is shaping up to be warm, sunny and without a drop of rain. Perfect for checking out one of these great Free outdoor festivals this weekend.

Festa Italiana:

WHEN: August 23rd – 25th, 2013; Fri & Sat 11 am – midnight, Sun 11 am – 11 pm

WHERE: Covent Garden Market (130 King St)

Buon giorno London! Welcome back the Festa Italiana for its 13th annual festival of all things Italian. There will be food, music, fun, and dancing under the stars. If you like opera, they’ve got it, compliments of Maestro Sabatino Vacca. Care for an aria or two? Why not stick around to hear Victoria Gydov or Laura Palumbo. Perhaps you would like to dance the night away in the piazza with Orchestra Italiana London? There is also plenty of daytime activities too, like face painting, folk dancing, grape stomping, Venetian mask making, cake eating contests, fashion shows, and so much more. If you can feel your Italian blood heating up at the thought of all the fun, you have all weekend to enjoy it. Just head downtown!

Come out for the community fun at the South East Summer Fest

South East Summer Fest:

WHEN: Saturday, August 24th, 2013; 2 – 6 pm

WHERE: Southeast Optimist Park (237 Deveron Cres)

Not all of London’s festivals happen downtown. The folks in Ward 14 have been whooping it up in Southeast London for a few years now, and the entertainment just keeps on getting bigger and better. The original plan behind this gathering was to engage the immediate neighbourhood and provide information about services, community involvement, as well as encourage physical activity, have a little food, drink in fun. As news of the event got out, more community groups have gotten involved, so now info booths regarding non-profit organizations, welcome committees, social services, and more have become involved. You’ll see the London Fire Department and London Police Services. And if that doesn’t interest you, perhaps a midway, buskers, games or the stage with live entertainment will. This festival might be in Southeast London, but it is open to all, so head on down for Summer Fest this weekend.

Wortley Village Jazz and Blues Festival:

WHEN: Sunday, August 25th, 2013; 3 – 8 pm

WHERE: Between Craig and Elmwood on Wortley Rd

The Wortley Village Jazz & Blues Festival has been on hiatus the last two years, but is back in 2013 and bound to rock Wortley Village again. With 10 bands set to play on 8 stages, there will be sure to be something for everyone that attends this hotly anticipated outdoor festival. Wortley Rd will be closed to traffic between 2 – 9pm, so that festival goers can wander from stage to stage, taking in the sights and sounds of the afternoon. Be sure to bring a lawn chair, as local London musicians will set the stage for you to stay a while. All the restaurants in the Village will be open, as well as some of the local stores, plus even  some tables set up by local vendors who want to get in on the fun. It is sure to be another great community event that you won’t want to miss if you are anywhere near Old South.

There is plenty to look forward to in London, Ontario this weekend! For starters, it is the first weekend of June. That means that  Summer is officially only three weeks away. Temperatures today make it feel like it has already arrived though. Hopefully that will continue into the weekend for those of you wanting to get out and enjoy it. With the school year winding down to its last month, I know my kids are anxious to enjoy every minute of freedom they get on the weekend. What do you have planned?

Weekend Plans In Your Neighbourhood

Touch a Truck

Saturday, June 1st, 2013; 10 am – 2pm – $5 per person

If your kids get big excitement from big things, then head to Rona North (Wonderland Rd, near Sarnia) this Saturday. There will be plenty of vehicles to climb into and explore. Run the siren on an ambulance. Honk the horn of a police vehicle. Seat in the driver’s seat of a school bus. Use your imagination with what to do with a crane. See what else is in store! There will also be face painting, children’s activities, food and refreshments to enjoy. All proceeds go to Parkwood Children’s Daycare Centre. Don’t forget your camera!

Gathering on the Green

Saturday, June 1st, 2013; 10 am – 5 pm; FREE

Wortley Village is hosting its 31st annual Gathering on the Green this weekend and it looks like it is going to be better than ever. Events kick off with a bike parade from Village Cycle (344 Ridout St S) at 9:30 am to the Village Green (corner of Wortley Rd and Elmwood Ave), where the day begins rain or shine. The bandshell will be set up in anticipation of plenty of live entertainment, from the likes of the Maple Sugar Band, Julia Cromarty, Justin Maki, Paul Stock, Katy Carswell, Maria McDonald, Rick Taylor, Uptown Dixieland Band and Kennedy’s Kridders will even be onstage between 11:20 – 11:50 am. Ed Holder (MP for London West) will be the MC starting the event. There is so much more to see and do though. There will be crafts for the kids, a dunk tank (run by the YMCA), mini golf, a drum circle, Charlotte’s Tea Garden, a Pet Show, Silent Auction, plus plenty of vendors selling arts, crafts, jewellery, plants and more. There will also be an all-day barbeque where you can fuel up to keep going. Come early and stay late!

YMCA Children’s Safety Village Birthday Party

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013; 12 – 4 pm; FREE

There is more free fun to be had out at the Fanshawe Conservation Area (1424 Clarke Rd) on Sunday, when the YMCA Children’s Safety Village celebrates its 12th birthday with a FREE party! You know that you’ll see Sparky the Fire Dog at some point, but there is plenty more to see and do. There will be face painting, mini cars to drive (age appropriate), safety displays, a bike helmet exchange, finger printing and picture-taking, a magic show by Ricky Magic, plus a mini parade. It wouldn’t be a party without food, so the Central Lions will be on hand barbecuing. I’ve heard tell that Ronald McDonald himself is supposed to be on hand too. Possibly checking the Lions’ skills behind the grille, do you think? Maybe he will be the one to cut the cake! Every birthday party needs a cake! Just be careful with those candles Sparky!

Bark in the Park Festival

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013; 10 am – 3 pm; $10 per vehicle or pledges raised

Make sure to bring the family dog along on this adventure. Head out to the Plunkett Estate (9282 Elviage Dr) on Sunday for the Bark in the Park Festival. In support of the London Humane Society, there will be pet-centred activities, education about animal health and well-being, information about abuse and how to prevent it, as well as community involvement initiatives. Vendors will be on hand to browse through, food and refreshments will be available and plenty of fun is sure to be had for everyone on hand, including Fido! Check out the off-leash pond, dock diving, agility demonstrations, and trick shows. Enter your furry friend in a Best Dressed Pooch Contest. Try your hand at a colouring contest. There is even prizes for pledges raised. Sounds like a woofing good time!

Lights, camera, Action!

Christmas Display at Victoria Park

I’m ready for my closeup now. A closeup view of the Christmas lights in Victoria Park, that is! If you have been waiting for a glimpse of the festive display in downtown London, Ontario, you need wait no longer. The annual Lighting of the Lights in Victoria Park is set for tomorrow, Friday, November 30th with activities getting underway at 6:15 pm. There will be carolers  a variety of festive displays, over 75,000 lights, plus Santa’s mailbox will be out so that anxious children can get their letters sent off to the big guy dressed in red! The countdown to lighting starts at 6:50 pm, so get there early!

The lights will be illuminated every night from December 1st through to January 1st, 2013, from 5:30-11 pm. You can view them from the public skating rink, which is open all winter (weather-pending) from 10 am-10 pm. If you want a bird’s-eye view, you can also head up to the Promenade Deck at City Hall from 7-11 pm. It will be open to the public nightly, except on  December 3, 4, 11, 17, 18 25, 26, 31 and January 1st, 2013.


Christmas Tree in Wortley Village

Speaking of lights, there are some already lit just down the road from the downtown core, in Wortley Village. Well, they’re not quite lit just yet. In fact, the beautiful tree you see on the left there is still in need of a decoration or two, and the folks from the Old South Business Association are in need of your help. If you have time tomorrow, they are asking for volunteers to  grab decorations from the Antique store across the street and get decorating. Time is of the essence, as on Saturday, there will be plenty of action in the village.

Yes, the tree needs to be decorated for Christmas in the Village, on December 1st, 2012. When the families show up for breakfast with Santa at 9:30 am, they will be expecting to see Wortley Village decked out in its finest festive garb. Breakfast with Santa will be held in Landon Library, from 9:30-11:30 am. There is so much more to see and do during Christmas in the Village though. There will be horse and buggy rides from 10:30 am -2 pm, the Christmas bus from 1-4 pm, Passport to Christmas from 10 am-4 pm, Pet Portraits with Father Christmas from 2-4 pm and of course the official lighting of the tree at 4:30 pm. Come out for the music, merriment and memories that you will build this Saturday.


And if  you have been waiting for December to get your own Christmas lights up, now is the time. There are only 25 days til Christmas my friends. Merry Christmas!

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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