Grilling Lamb and More at the Staal Foundation Open

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The Staal Foundation Open is not just golf, there is great food to be had too.
The Staal Foundation Open was not just golf, there was great food to be had too.
The Staal Foundation Open is not just golf, there is great food to be had too.
The Staal Foundation Open is not just golf, there is great food to be had too.

THUNDER BAY – The Staal Foundation Open is all about the golf of course. But it is much more. Across Thunder Bay there are many events that are a part of the PGA TOUR Canada event. Thursday night, the event shifts to the baseball diamond as fans and players will enjoy some Border Cats Baseball.

The Gran Sasso Club of Thunder Bay is on hand with their amazing Italian Sausages, and Lamb Skewers. “We are counting on Vince Mirabelli to come out once Camp Quality is done,” commented one of the cooks.

Gran Sasso Italian Sausages are another famous Thunder Bay treat!
Gran Sasso Italian Sausages are another famous Thunder Bay treat!

Something for Everyone in Thunder Bay

Over the weekend at the Fort William Historical Park there will be Fan-Con – which the facility says is “The ultimate fan-tastic celebration of pop culture in any galaxy.

Fan-Con, July 18th to 20th.  at the park, Fan-Con will offer an exciting three-day extravaganza of sci-fi, super heroes, comics, collectibles, fantasy, gaming, plus concerts and camping, and much, much more over the jam-packed super-weekend. For families, it is a great opportunity for the kids to get in their fun, and the parents to head over to Whitewater for golf.

Headlining Fan-Con is Ensign Chekov, aka Walter Koenig, star of the Star Trek and Babylon 5, along with Daphne Ashbrook, star of the Doctor Who TV movie and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Also taking centre stage are megastars from Marvel Comics who are making character appearances in two shows daily. Patrons will have their chances to have their photo taken with Iron Man, the Hulk, Spider-Man, and Thor.

Special guests for Fan-Con will be Thunder Bay’s own NHL superstar hockey players, the Staal brothers, who will be on hand to sign autographs.

Daytime activities highlight the astronomy centre with special tours, experiments, virtual reality experiences, and solar viewing. Other activities feature Superhero Face Painting, Thunder Games Gaming, foam movie prop exhibits, and encounters with Chewbacca and the 501st Stormtroopers.

The Focus is Music – Friday Night

On Friday night July 18th, the concert stage will light up with tribute bands including Simply Queen, KISS impressionists, Destroyer, and AC/DC specialists, Thunderstruck.

Then, Saturday night July 19th will feature the Canadian Rocks Concert with David Wilcox, Chilliwack, and the Stampeders.

Once the concerts are done, patrons age 19 and over are invited to an After Party at the astronomy centre where patrons can lounge beside the huge outdoor fireplace to enjoy music, food, and beverages, all adding to the festive activities. (Note: there is limited capacity to the After Party.) Fantasy fans are also invited to take advantage of the special concert and camping package available for the weekend.

Be sure not to miss Fan-Con, July 18th to 20th at Fort William Historical Park. For information on schedules, ticket prices, and other details for Fan-Con, please visit www.fwhp.ca or call 807-473-2344.

For all the events tied into the Staal Foundation Open, visit www.staalopen.ca.

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