Well, that was scary (fun)! Downtown Kemptville was the scene for the annual Kreepy Kemptville event on Saturday, October 26, which brought as many as 1,000 people to Downtown. The weather was perfect for this trick-or-treat style event, and there were lots of great costumes and smiling faces coming from children of all ages. Thanks to all the businesses who participated, and the volunteers who made this event one of the highlights of the year for Downtown.
Murder & Mayhem!
The Murder & Mayhem Fundraising Walk on the night of October 25 asked participants to give a cash donation for the Salvation Army Food Bank, which resulted in a total of $160 raised for the food bank. Volunteers Michael Whittaker, John Barclay and Deron Johnston led a chilly but spirited group of about 40 people to see the sites of various crimes and calamities that happened in the Downtown area over the past two hundred years. Did you know that Kemptville apparently had a sasquatch at one time?
The Ball Keeps Rolling
Now that Kreepy Kemptville, the Murder & Mayhem Fundraising Walk and Hallowe’en have come and gone, we’ve immediately started working on planning our two Christmas events. Yes, that’s right, this year, we’ve completely lost our minds and are organizing TWO Christmas events! A lot of time and energy goes into planning these events at this time of year, and we’re hoping that they will encourage all of you to enjoy everything that Downtown Kemptville has to offer during the upcoming festive season.
Old Town Kemptville Christmas
The first Christmas event is on November 30 from 10 am to 2 pm and it’s our traditional Old Town Kemptville Christmas. We’ll have horse-drawn wagon rides, make-your-own s’mores cookies, fire barrels, hot chocolate, story time at the North Grenville Public Library, face painting ($$) and visits with Santa at Exit Realty By Design. We’ll also have our “Elf On The Shelf” activity whereby you print off a copy or pick up a copy of our event map (at the North Grenville Public Library, To Be Continued Consignment Shop or Exit Realty By Design), visit each participating business on the map, and write down what the elf is doing at each location. Then you drop your completed list at To Be Continued Consignment Shop, the North Grenville Public Library or Exit Realty By Design. From there, we’ll enter you into a fantastic prize draw that includes a free one-night stay at Kemptville Suites among other goodies.
The Twelve Days of Christmas
This year, we’re trying something new called “The Twelve Days of Christmas” during the period from December 10 to 21. Each day of these Twelve Days of Christmas, the BIA Christmas Elves will be giving away a gift certificate to one lucky person, who the Elves catch supporting one of our local businesses in the Old Town Kemptville BIA footprint. So, starting December 10, make sure you’re supporting one of our BIA businesses for your chance to win! Follow us on Instagram @oldtownkemptville and on our Facebook page “Old Town Kemptville BIA” for more details coming up in the days ahead.
We’re also putting the call out for both sponsors and volunteers for our Christmas events. If you’d like to be a sponsor of one of our events (we especially need a sponsor for our horse-drawn wagon rides) or would like to volunteer (we’ll feed you), please send us an email at email@example.com. We’d love to have you be a part of our Christmas festivities!