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#1 2012-03-15 00:22:02

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Swan Weekend

Weekend celebration heralds return of swans
March 14, 2012

Stratford will salute spring and welcome back its swans to the Avon River with a weekend of family fun March 31 and April 1.

Saturday, March 31

Stratford City Centre businesses are again holding the Stratford Swan Quest, distinctive topiary swans decorated and displayed in front of downtown businesses marking the arrival of spring.

Shoppers are invited to find all 12 swans and nominate their favourite for the People’s Choice award for a chance to win a $50 City Centre gift certificate.

Ballots are available at each shop with a decorated swan and at Stratford Tourism Alliance where completed ballots will be received until 5 p.m. on the Saturday.

Free horse-drawn carriage rides will also be offered by the businesses of the downtown from noon to 4 p.m.

The free guided swan walk invites participants to view the swans in their winter quarters and see popular nesting spots as stories about Stratford’s swans are shared. The tour begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Allman Arena.

Cozyn’s Garden Gallery will present a spring outdoor planter workshop at 11 a.m.

The Stratford Public Library is screening Swans on the Avon at 1:30 p.m. featuring music by Loreena McKennitt, narration by Colm Feore and photography by Kaarn and Allan Gough.

Admission is free to this 80-minute video documenting a year in the life of Stratford’s swans.

Anything Grows will present a swan watering can planter workshop using grasses and bulbs for spring at 2 p.m.

At 7 p.m. that night, the St. Marys Children’s Choir and Festival Singers, along with seven choirs from across Ontario, will perform at Knox church.

And Fred Eaglesmith returns to Stratford for an evening of entertainment presented at the Masonic Hall beginning at 8 p.m.

Sunday, April 1

Bring your family to the swan celebration from noon to 4 p.m. along Lakeside Drive. Enjoy an original puppet show presented by The Other Hand Puppet Troupe, children’s entertainer Madame Buskerfly, street performers, storytellers, face painting, bouncy castle, swan hats and crafts for children. A charity barbecue, free popcorn, cotton candy and Tim Hortons coffee will be available.

A swan photography exhibit by photographer Erin Shipley will be featured at the Kiwanis Community Centre. Gallery Stratford invites you to participate in creating a “hand–feathered” swan mural, and you can pose for photos with BJ, the official swan mascot.

Guided swan walks take place at noon and 3 p.m. at the Allman.

At 2 p.m., the swan parade, organized by the Civic Beautification and Environmental Awareness Committee, begins as the Stratford Police Pipes and Drums lead the swans from their winter quarters along the parade route to the river.

Free Parking is available in the Stratford Shakespeare Festival parking lot and along Lakeside Drive east of Front Street.



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