Santa’s Workshop

Saturday, December 5th, 2015

One of the most anticipated camp events of the whole year!


At Santa’s Workshop kids get to make special gifts for their families under the guidance of MKDC staff. The projects are different every year but always awesome! We also wrap our gifts, make cards, and round out the day by making a yummy festive snack and playing some holiday games. Our staff look forward to this day just as much as the kids!


Psst… Parents… do you realize you’ll have the day free to do your Christmas shopping? In PEACE? We thought you’d like that.


Before November 21st: $40 per “elf”, $70 for two “elves”

After November 21st: $45 for one “elf”, $75 for two “elves”


For more info visit our website.

Thousand Islands Playhouse Contest – Win 2 FREE Tickets!

Sign up here for a chance to win 2 FREE tickets for the Thousand Islands Playhouse! Join our contest for an opportunity to spend an evening of entertainment for 2!

Contest will run from November 1-30, 2015. Hurry and you could be the next winner! (your information will not be used or sold) Valid for 2016 Season


Waterfront View



On Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 The Legion Color Party will form up at 10am at the Perth Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion (26 Beckwith St. East, Perth) to march to the Cenotaph, located on Drummond Street at the GWM Hospital, for the annual REMEMBRANCE DAY CEREMONY which takes place at 11am sharp.

The public is invited to attend and streets will be closed to accommodate this march.



On Sunday, November 15th, the OTTAWA BICYCLE CLUB hosts their annual CYCLOCROSS RACE at Conlon Farm in Perth, 7am to 12 noon.

Conlon Drive and Smith Drive will be partially closed to accommodate this annual race.

For more information about the race please contact the Ottawa Bicycle Club.




MIDNIGHT MAKERS 2015 HOLIDAY POP-UP SALE takes place at the Old Shoe Factory, 1 Sherbrooke St. East, Perth on Saturday, November 28th, 2015 between 10am and 4pm.

23 craft and food vendors, free admission, free parking, 30 custom priced canvass tote swag bags to the first 30 shoppers (includes a swag bag item from every vendor)! Selfi photo booth, lounge, free wrap bar for gifts.

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On Monday, November 9th, 2015, 1-7pm the NOVEMBER BLOOD DONOR CLINIC takes place at the Civitan Club Hall on Hwy. #43 just outside Perth.

Book your appointment online at or by phone at 1-888-236-6283.

Sponsored by Canadian Blood Services – it’s in you to give.


Sat, Nov 28, 2015, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Always on the last Saturday every November, the MERA Christmas Fair is a day we all look forward to. Since 2005, local artisis and artisans - who pass our jury – offer wonderful and unique hand-crafted items for sale including creations of the MERA Heritage Weavers and Potters. Other vendors incluide organic chocolate by Ludwig, Strawberry Cottage candles soaps, jewelry by My Gem Creations, Poittery by Jan Conley and more!  20% of gross sales go to MERA so come and support our local artists and artisans and MERA at the same time! New vendors this year include handwoven clothing by Heather Sherratt, and woodwork by George Fisher.

The MERA fibrearts, knitters, weavers, potters and, new this year, the gardening club who are making terrariums, donate many items to the MERA room where 100% of sales go directly to MERA. All proceeds from the Wizard’s Café also go to MERA as well as sales from the bake table and popular Raffle Bags (with items all donated by vendors).

Please come out and support local artists and MERA at the same time and give gifts that you will not find anywhere else.

For information contact Marilyn at   If you would like to help Marilyn on the day of the event or to set up or take down, or would like to be Coordinator-in-Training to take over this event, please  contact Marilyn.

Festival of Good Cheer

On Saturday November 28th 2015 the Downtown Heritage Perth BIA hosts the Annual Festival of good cheer a shopping festival extravaganza in Downtown Perth. Vendors will be located in the Crystal Palace from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm come and shop locally amongst the beautifully decorated Community Christmas Trees!

Downtown merchants will have lots of in-store specials and there will be live music at locations within the downtown. For further information email or call Heather Hansgen at 613-267-3311.

The FESTIVAL OF GOOD CHEER is the kick-off event for Perth’s HOLIDAY ON THE TAY Christmas Campaign. Registration begins at 11am on the 28th at the Crystal Palace in the Tay Basin, in Downtown Heritage Perth.

The first 100 shoppers will receive a VIP swag bag filled with coupons, give-aways and the location of your special gift. Horse-drawn wagon rides happen throughout the downtown from 11am to 8pm, demonstrations in-store, festival holiday music and so much more.


Thanksgiving Day in Canada


Thanksgiving Day in Canada is on 12th October 2015.

Thanksgiving Day in Canada has been a holiday on the second Monday of October since 1957. It is a chance for people to give thanks for a good harvest and other fortunes in the past year.

Many people have a day off work on the second Monday of October. They often use the three-day Thanksgiving weekend to visit family or friends who live far away, or to receive them in their own homes. Many people also prepare a special meal to eat at some point during the long weekend. Traditionally, this included roast turkey and seasonal produce, such as pumpkin, corn ears and pecan nuts. Now, the meal may consist of other foods, particularly if the family is of non-European descent.

The Thanksgiving weekend is also a popular time to take a short autumn vacation. This may be the last chance in a while for some people to use cottages or holiday homes before winter sets in. Other popular activities include: outdoor breaks to admire the spectacular colors of the Canadian autumn; hiking; and fishing. Fans of the teams in the Canadian Football League may spend part of the weekend watching the Thanksgiving Day Classic matches.

The native peoples of the Americas held ceremonies and festivals to celebrate the completion and bounty of the harvest long before European explorers and settlers arrived in what is now Canada. Early European thanksgivings were held to give thanks for some special fortune. An early example is the ceremony the explorer Martin Frobisher held in 1578 after he had survived the long journey in his quest to find a northern passage from Europe to Asia.

From the end of the First World War until 1930, both Armistice Day and Thanksgiving Day were celebrated on the Monday closest to November 11, the anniversary of the official end of hostilities in World War I. In 1931, Armistice Day was renamed Remembrance Day and Thanksgiving Day was moved to a Monday in October. Since 1957, Thanksgiving Day has always been held on the second Monday in October.

Thanksgiving Day in Canada is linked to the European tradition of harvest festivals. A common image seen at this time of year is a cornucopia, or horn, filled with seasonal fruit and vegetables. The cornucopia, which means “Horn of Plenty” in Latin, was a symbol of bounty and plenty in ancient Greece. Turkeys, pumpkins, ears of corn and large displays of food are also used to symbolize Thanksgiving Day.