Thunder Bay District Weekend Update – May 2-3 2015

Folklore Festival
Go around the world in forty-eight hours all without leaving Thunder Bay
Folklore Festival
Go around the world in forty-eight hours all without leaving Thunder Bay

Plan Your Weekend Carefully to Get to the Fun Stuff

THUNDER BAY – Entertainment – This is a busy weekend in Thunder Bay. The Folklore Festival gets going at the Fort William Gardens on Saturday at 11AM and goes through on Saturday until 11PM. Organizers promise that it is a HOT Saturday night with the dancing and fun going on into the night.

Sunday from 11-4 you can keep your 48 Hour World Tour going.

Ira Johnson - Singer Songwriter based in Thunder Bay
Ira Johnson – Singer Songwriter based in Thunder Bay

On May 2nd over at the Addy, Ira Johnson is doing an afternoon show. Get yourself down to 227 Simpson Street from 2-5 from some fantastic foot stomping music.
This is also a weekend with history – Battle of the Atlantic commemoration at 2:00PM on Sunday, May 3, 2015, on the drill deck in Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Griffon, Thunder Bay’s Naval Reserve Division.

The Kam River Park Sailor's Memorial
The Kam River Park Sailor’s Memorial

Present will be members of the Royal Canadian Naval Association, Naval Officers Association of Canada, Thunder Bay Merchant Navy Association, Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps 42 Vindictive and 309 Fort William, Royal Canadian Air Cadet Corps 66 Challenger and 84 Astra, Navy League Cadet Corps Thunder, and the MacGillivray Pipe Band.
As part of the commemoration, local resident Mr. Ernie Takalo will be presented a print on behalf of the crew of HMCS Athabaskan. Mr. Takalo is one of two surviving members of the original HMCS Athabaskan which was torpedoed and sunk in 1944 with the loss of 128 lives.

WHEN: 2:00 p.m., Sunday, May 3, 2015
WHERE: drill deck, HMCS Griffon, 125 North Algoma Street

HMCS Griffon consists of 62 members from the Thunder Bay Area and is one of 24 Naval Reserve Divisions across Canada. The Naval Reserve augments the Regular Force with trained sailors to meet the operational requirements assigned by the Government of Canada.

The Battle of the Atlantic was a pivotal struggle during World War II, lasting from September 1939 to May 1945, which was courageously fought by the men and women of the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Merchant Navy, and the Royal Canadian Air Force. With this success came a high cost. The RCN lost 24 warships and suffered over 2,000 fatalities; the merchant navy lost over 70 ships and 1700 crew; and the Royal Canadian Air Force lost more than 900 aircrew.

Golf Season Tees Off

For golf enthusiasts, this weekend marks the start of golf season. Most area courses are now open. Check Golf Season StartsGolf Season Starts for the latest information.

Smelts are running!

Grab a net, a pail, and head out! Easily caught, easily cleaned, and easily cooked… a Thunder Bay and Lake Superior Tradition. Visit Thunder Bay shares, “Dusted in flour and pan fried, these are a real treat. Come on out at dusk to one of the creek mouths on Lake Superior and watch this Northwest Ontario outdoor and culinary ritual”.

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