LANSDOWNE – LORDA Park has two major events that draw people in, and one of them is next weekend.
Music LORDA will liven up the park on Aug. 17, featuring eight hours of entertainment from local performers in genres ranging from rock to gospel.
“We’re hoping it will be a real good, fun afternoon. We have to raise money to keep the park going,” Dave Leese, LORDA curator, said.
The recreational facility for seniors and people with disabilities said they really need the support this year, especially after the dismal maple syrup season.
They count on selling their maple products to help pay their operation costs, but weren’t able to get as much sap as usual.
“Mother Nature wasn’t too kind to us, so it was only a third of what we wanted,” Leese said.
The syrup season typically runs for three to four weeks in early spring, but that was cut drastically this year with too-cold temperatures in the day, quickly switching to too-warm.
Though they’re not where they’d like to be financially, the summer has been good to LORDA, Leese said.
He said they’ve had a great fishing season, and good crowds.
Though the fishing pond is reserved for senior citizens and people with disabilities, the park offers a putting green, an outdoor fireplace, washer toss games and walking trails for everyone.
They’ve held great events this year, Leese said, and he’s hoping for Music LORDA to be no exception.
They’ll have food, door prizes and 50/50 tickets throughout the day of music.
The park will also be selling tickets on a Dan Munro painting of a rural woods scene.
The full line-up includes Allan Best, Lloyd MacLean and the Green Hill Choir, Sunday Jam, Jakki Rouge, All in Good Time, Brian and Brenda Bowden, Riverview Sound Quartet, Thomas McCallum, Jessie Hart & Derek and Pat Spaulding.
The event runs rain or shine from 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Admission is $10 for adults and free for children under 12.
Lawn chairs are welcome, and items for the bake sale are appreciated.
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