Mayfair Returns to Beaverbrook: Bicycles, Fire Trucks & More

A Bicycle parade along the pathways of Beaverbrook will start off the renewed Mayfair celebration on Victoria Day, Monday May 19. From 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., everyone is invited to join the fun at the community centre at 2 Beaverbrook Road. 

Community association President Neil Thomson said families are asked to start out on bicycles at 10:00 a.m. from different streets along paths to the community centre. Parents are asked to accompany children on the bikes.  Prizes will be awarded for best decorated bikes –in the two-wheel and three-wheel categories. 

The bicycle parade will be followed by a pet show with a difference – no animals. “At a Mayfair years ago, a little girl broke into tears when her cat ran away and was never found,” said KBCA Secretary Jim Shearon. “We don’t want to lose any pets. So you have 60 seconds to tell us about your pet.” There will also be a poetry reciting contest. Children and adults are invited to recite a favorite poem.

At 11 o’clock Ottawa Fire department Station 42 will drive one of the big fire trucks into the DNAgenotek parking lot at the corner of Beaverbrook and Teron Road, where it will be on display to the public for one hour. . 

At 12 noon, hot dogs, including a veggie option, and fruit drinks will be served free of charge. Please bring a non-perishable food item or cash donation for the Kanata Food Cupboard. Members of the Suzuki Violins will perform, featuring Ethan Balakrishnan, who will play in an international competition in Minneapolis.  

At 12:30, Bill and Jean Teron will tell us about the beginning of Beaverbrook and how a young couple was brave enough to make a dream come true. 

Gaelic football is the national game of Ireland. Players can run with the ball, provided they bounce it, and they can kick the ball to a team-mate. At 12:45, Noel McGinnity, a Beaverbrook resident from County Monaghan, will present a short game at the Beaverbrook community centre as part of the Mayfair celebration.

The most popular event of Mayfair is expected to be a “Sound of Music Sing Along” from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.  Audience members will vote on the five most popular songs from the movie and will sing along with the action on the screen. Bring cushions to sit on the floor.

Mayfair schedule, Victoria Day, Monday May 19

All events at Community Centre, 2 Beaverbrook Road
 
10:00  Start of bicycle parade along paths to Beaverbrook Community Centre.
 
10:30  Pet Show (no animals) and Poetry reciting at Community Centre 
We don’t want to lose any pets. In 60 seconds, tell why you love your pet.
Poetry reciting contest. Adults and children; recite your favorite poem.
 
11:00 to 12:00 Fire truck in DNAgenotek parking lot, 2 Beaverbrook Road.
 
12:00 to 12:30 Hot dogs (Veggie option) and fruit drinks at Community Centre
 
12:15 to 12:30 Suzuki Violins concert
 
12:30  Jean and Bill Teron us about the beginning of Beaverbrook
 
12:45  Gaelic Football demonstration game
 
1:00 to 2:00 Sing-along-Sound of Music at Community Centre