Culture Days remount a success across Huron - Oct. 4, 2018
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
The highly-anticipated return of Culture Days to Huron County was a hit, according to Cultural Development Officer Rick Sickinger, who said he was impressed with both the quality, quantity and diversity of events throughout the community.
In an interview with The Citizen, Sickinger said it was a great success that is sure to carry on in years to come after taking a few years off due to volunteer fatigue.
With 25 events happening throughout Huron County, Sickinger said it was a good offering throughout the entire community. Not only were there many events spread throughout the entire county, but they were also very diverse, spanning traditional “pure arts” events like poetry readings and photography shows, but also the Howick-Turnberry Fall Fair and Bayfield Volksfest.
Locally, the Maitland Valley Camera Club had an exhibit at the Brussels Library, while Harvest Fest was held in Clinton, a musical performance by Kamden Gillespie in Wingham, the Seaforth Harmony Kings played their 30th anniversary show in Seaforth, Ciderfest was held at the Van Egmond House in Egmondville and there was a screening of Forgotten in Blyth, followed by a panel discussion with descendants of British Home Children.
Next year, however, Sickinger says there is a push to create “cultural hubs” as part of Culture Days. So, rather than having 25 events spread throughout various locations in the county, a handful of locations would be chosen and then a series of events would be held at these specific locations throughout the entire weekend.
Choosing a location like Memorial Hall in Blyth, for example, he said, would make sense for people travelling and wanting to make the most of their time in one location.
For more information on Culture Days, visit creativehuron.ca. The next event on the horizon for the Huron arts community is Haunted Huron being held at the end of the month.