Photos by Mark Girdauskas & Relish Elgin
Families and friends bundled up and got out to Family Day events all around Elgin County on February 16th. You will find some of them ... Belmont Hub Kids Winterfest, STEPAC Family Open House, HUB Northside Rink Opening, Dotsy's Cabin Fever Event, Family Fun Day in Sparta, Port Stanley Beach and Our Little Farm's Wood Fired Pizza ... in the photos below.
Hub Kids Winterfest & Chili Cook-Off
Above> Sandy Price, HUB volunteer, invited attendees to try five chili's of varying heat made by cook-off contestants (top). Judges - Phil Price, Dan Lizmore, Art Hiley, Rob Campbell - gathered to savour the chili's and pick their favourites (2nd row left). Michelle and son Jayden took part in some of the fun challenges organized for kids (2nd row right); Dwayne Kenney volunteered at the BBQ (bottom left). Photos RE.
Family Day Open House at STEPAC
Above> Families found a whole gallery full of creative activities to try at the St. Thomas Art Centre. Kenzie along with parents Nicole ad Chris Cherry tried some spaghetti and marshmallow architecture (top right) and Emma was intent on her print project (top left). Photos RE.
HUB Outdoor Rink Grand Opening
Committee members along with St. Thomas Mayor Heather Jackson, Karen Vecchio on behalf of MP Joe Preston and MPP Jeff Yurek cut the ribbon to officially open the Northside HUB rink. Photos by Mark Girdauskas.
Shawn along with children Gabe & Evie found a good spot to put on skates before trying the new rink. Photo RE.
Dotsy's Kid's Cabin Fever Fun Family Day Event
Dotsy brought a whole host of fun activities to the Grace Event Venue to help families cure their cabin fever. Photos by Mark Girdauskas.
Free Family Fun Day in Sparta Village
Several merchants in Sparta took place in family day events, including some crafting of bird-feeder tree hangers led by Shelley McVittie from the Village Collective, in the side room of the Sparta Tearoom. Haevyn, Lacey, Emmalee and Nash worked on their projects Monday afternoon (top). Photos RE.
Winter Walking on "Big Beach" in Port Stanley
Lake Erie was frozen in some interesting formations which drew walkers out onto the lake. Photos RE.
Wood-Fired Pizza at Our Little Farm
Above> Mark and Brigitte Cosens and Chef Cindy Bircham kept the pizza coming as Our Little Farm offered wood fired pizza featuring local ingredients on a sour dough crust (top). It was a delicious way to end Family Day - and best enjoyed with a local brew from Railway City Brewing Company (bottom right). Photo RE.
Find more of Mark's photos from the HUB Northside Rink Opening and from Dotsy's Cabin Fever Event.