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Almonte, a charming town near the country's capital, is gearing up for an unforgettable summer filled with excitement and entertainment. As you plan your summer getaway, mark your calendar for two must-attend events: Celtfest and PuppetCon. These fun-filled weekends promise to immerse you in the vibrant culture of the Ottawa Valley, Celtic traditions, and the enchanting world of puppets. Get ready for an adventure-packed summer in Almonte!



Celtfest: July 7-9 Kicking off the summer festivities in Almonte is Celtfest, a lively celebration of Ottawa Valley and Celtic entertainment. Set against the breathtaking backdrop of Gemmill Park's natural amphitheatre, Celtfest invites visitors to indulge in a weekend filled with music, dance, and cultural experiences. Immerse yourself in the lively tunes of traditional Celtic bands, tap your feet to the rhythm of step dancers, and revel in the enchanting melodies that fill the air. Celtfest is a testament to the region's rich heritage and vibrant spirit.


PuppetCon: August 11-13 Prepare to be captivated by the whimsical world of PuppetCon, debuting in Almonte this summer. With a vision to nurture Canadian puppet talent and entertain audiences of all ages and backgrounds, PuppetCon promises a unique and enchanting experience. The three-day event features an impressive lineup of workshops, shows, and panels, offering a variety of opportunities to explore the art of puppetry. Whether you're a curious parent, a puppet enthusiast, or a young and eager participant, PuppetCon invites you to unleash your creativity and delve into the magic of puppetry.

Workshops, Shows, and Panels PuppetCon sets the stage for diverse experiences with 16 engaging workshops, captivating shows, and thought-provoking panels. From learning the fundamentals of puppet construction to honing performance skills, participants have the chance to discover the secrets behind bringing puppets to life. Let your imagination soar as you immerse yourself in the fascinating world of puppetry, guided by talented instructors and industry professionals. Whether you're a novice or a seasoned puppeteer, PuppetCon offers a platform to learn, grow, and connect with fellow enthusiasts.


As summer unfolds in Almonte, Celtfest and PuppetCon, take center stage, offering an irresistible invitation to adventure and entertainment. Immerse yourself in the mesmerizing sounds and rhythms of Celtic music, dance along with passionate performers, and experience the cultural richness of the Ottawa Valley. Later, step into the magical realm of PuppetCon, where creativity knows no bounds, and puppetry becomes a captivating art form. Almonte's summer events promise memories that will last a lifetime as you embrace the vibrant spirit of the town and embark on a journey of discovery and wonder. Take advantage of these extraordinary experiences in Almonte this summer!

(a big thank you to Sam Park Photography for the beautiful photos)



Spending the summer with family at our cottage on the picturesque shores of Mississippi Lake in Ontario is a cherished tradition that fills our hearts with joy. As the sun-drenched days unfold, we relish in the tranquillity of the surrounding nature and the precious moments shared together. We wake up to the soothing sounds of loons and enjoy lazy breakfasts on the deck, savouring the breathtaking view of the lake. Our days are filled with laughter and adventure as we embark on boating excursions, paddle along the calm waters, and catch frogs in the pond. The kids eagerly dive into the lake's refreshing water, building sandcastles on the beach and splashing in the water to their heart's content. Evenings are spent gathered around the bonfire, sharing stories, toasting marshmallows, and revelling in the simple pleasures of family time. It's a summer retreat that strengthens our bonds and creates lifelong memories.

 But our family tradition doesn't end there. As summer break draws to a close, we embark on another adventure—a two-week trip down south. It's a much-anticipated journey that has become integral to our family's summer narrative. With a sense of excitement, we pack our bags, bid farewell to the cottage, and head towards the southern US. The excitement builds as we reach our sun-kissed destination, greeted by palm-fringed beaches and warm ocean waters. Our children's faces light up with sheer delight as they rush toward the inviting waves. The beach becomes our playground, a place of endless joy and discovery. Sandcastles are built with utmost dedication, seashells are collected as treasured mementos, and the entire family relishes in the simple pleasures of creating memories together. Whether swimming, snorkelling, or simply basking in the sun's warmth, our time at the beach nourishes our souls and strengthens our family bond.

As the summer ends, we return from our beach adventures with a renewed sense of connection and a treasure trove of shared experiences. Our time at the cottage on Mississippi Lake and our beach escapades down south weave a tapestry of love, laughter, and cherished moments. These family traditions, embracing the beauty of nature and the joy of the beach, serve as anchors in our lives, reminding us of the importance of togetherness and the beauty of creating lasting memories as a family.