November brings notable events for St. Marys

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As 2021 begins to wane, community events are beginning to happen again in St. Marys, starting with Halloween and Remembrance Week.

While the Province of Ontario acknowledges that virtual and outdoor events remain the safest options for celebrating Halloween, it has also released guidelines for those who choose to trick-or-treat or hold gatherings on Halloween day.

On Monday, November 1, residents can share their jack-o-lantern artistry with the community and do good for the environment at Pumpkins on Parade at Milt Dunnell Field. Drop off unpainted and unaccessorized jack-o-lanterns at the designated “Pumpkin Patch” at Milt Dunnell Field from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Return by car or on foot between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. to see all the jack-o-lanterns lit one last time before they are composted.

The St. Marys Fire Department will be joining in the festivities at Pumpkins on Parade in support of Cindy’s Law. This Canada-wide campaign, inspired by the tragic loss of Cindy Devine, seeks to have every vehicle on the road equipped with a fire extinguisher. Cindy loved Halloween, so firefighters will honour her life around her favourite holiday by promoting this important initiative in preparation for the next fire extinguisher giveaway (date TBD). Anyone wishing to donate to this important cause may do so at Pumpkins on Parade.

Anyone wanting pumpkins for animal feed can register for pick up after the event by contacting Events Coordinator Andrea Macko at 519-284-2340, ext. 249. The Town will compost any remaining pumpkins.

As the calendar turns to November, our community will commemorate Remembrance Week. On Saturday, November 6, Veterans’ Decoration Day will occur at St. Marys Cemetery from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. Loved ones of veterans buried at St. Marys Cemetery are invited to place complimentary Canadian flags in veterans’ memories. Volunteers will ensure that all recognized veterans’ graves have a flag.

There will not be a Royal Canadian Legion parade and ceremony on the Sunday prior to Remembrance Day as per Legion command recommendations. A ceremony will take place at the Town Hall Cenotaph on Thursday, November 11 at 10:45 a.m. In the interest of social distancing, the ceremony will be live streamed on Facebook and residents without an Internet connection will be able to call in to listen via The Friendship Centre. Details will be released closer to the day.

Mandated social distancing and face covering protocols will be followed at each in-person event. All events are subject to change as per COVID-19 regulations.

Official details on Christmas activities, including the BIA Downtown Christmas Open House, the Kinsmen Santa Claus Parade, WinterLights and the Rotary New Year’s Eve fireworks, will soon be released.

Be sure to follow the Town of St. Marys’ Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts for more information and updates as events draw near.

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Andrea Macko | Events Coordinator
519-284-2340, ext. 249 |