||April 8, 2011
Boats, Art & Film
Powassan Maple Syrup Festival
The 14th Annual Maple Syrup
Festival will take place on Saturday April 16 starting with pancake breakfasts
starting at 7am and running all morning. The Festival usually draws about 5,000
visitors but last year drew 8,000. The Festival closes at
There is lots of maple syrup and many
other booths on Main Street along withal day music, sheep
shearing, wagon rides, food vendors, sugar bush tours, etc. etc. There is a
business event at the Sportsplex and the West Coast Lumberjack show will be
featured again this year. For more details Google- Powassan Maple Syrup Festival
Giesler Boat Works Grand Opening
The Giesler Classic & Antique boats
business which has been a part of downtown Powassan for generations has moved to
its new location. The beautiful new blue 6,000 sq.ft. building will be open for
tours and demonstrations at the Maple Syrup Festival Saturday April 16th.
Turn off Main Street on Chisholm St. on the south end of Powassan and drive to
the Giesler complex. The new site is on the same property as Giesler
Marine & Giesler Auto by Hwy 11.
|| Joe Giesler & Gabe Aultman
at work in the new shop-Doug Mackey photo
Giesler Boats was started by Barney
Giesler in 1927 and his 4 sons worked for him and took over when he died in the
1950s. Two of those sons Joe & Pete still work for the company as does grandson
Tim, and Gerry who oversees the operation. There are
currently 7 staff making some 20 different models and carry out repairs to the
other aging Giesler boats as required. Giesler boats are
sold directly to the public and are cherished by their owners. Some are later
sold for various reasons at high prices. Check Giesler Boats on the internet at
for company information.
Bob Johnson & Wayne Topham at work.-Doug Mackey photo
The official opening of the new site
will take place on Friday April 15th at 1pm with various dignitaries
and invited guests including MP Anthony Rota & MPP Monique Smith.
Powassan Yarn Bombers on Display
I wrote recently about the yarnbombers
who put their work temporarily on a tree in front of the Powassan Library. It is
still there. Yarnbombers around the world have put their knitting, crocheting,
weaving etc. in public places, usually as a surprise. Most people love it. Some
of the placement in Kingston on Military artifacts raised a ruckus. The point is
to have fun and add some colour. Sometimes they ask for permission.
||Some Powassan yarn bombers getting ready
for the Maple Syrup Festival.-Doug Mackey photo
The dozen or so yarnbombers that meet at
the Powassan Library on Friday mornings asked the Powassan Council if they could
bomb the lamp posts on Main Street during the Maple Syrup Festival. Council to
their credit said yes. The artists will be out at 5pm on Friday the 15th
putting up their wares for the Festival next day. For more information on the
trend google Yarn Bombers where events are detailed. Look for their work on
Saturday at the Festival.
Doc North Film Festival
For those with different interests the
Capital Centre presents the Doc North Film Festival on Friday & Saturday April
15 & 16th. For tickets and other information log
on to www.docnorthfilmfestival.ca.
Tickets are available at the Capitol Centre Box Office.
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