By Denise Bacon

Hundreds of young and young at heart, neighbours, family and friends came out to enjoy the delights of Winterfest 2018 on January 27.

The greyness of the January afternoon was eclipsed by the joy on all the faces. The day was filled with something for everyone inside and outside the Port Union Community Centre. Kids couldn’t get enough of the games set up for them outside, and there were butterflies, flowers, giraffes, frogs and other colourful paintings on faces. Balloon animals were a big hit with the children as well. Burgers and hot dogs off the barbecue, popcorn, candy floss and maple taffy kept everyone happy!

Five different bands played during the day and that kept people tapping their toes. The Halau Hula’la Aloha Dancers and the Rose School Highland Dancers won hearts across the board!

The Winter Market had great offerings from local merchants. The Toronto Fire Fighters and their truck was a bit hit, as always.

Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation thrilled the little ones especially by showing pelts from various animals.

Heather Lemieux gets her hands on the Grey Cup

A great surprise visit was paid by the 109-year-old Grey Cup! Dozens of people had their picture taken with it.

Residents were highly engaged with MP Gary Anandasangaree, representatives for MPP Tracy MacCharles, and Councillor Jim Hart. It was a great opportunity to connect with our elected representatives.

A big THANK YOU from the community goes out to Jake Forsyth, a young community champion volunteer, who organized Winterfest 2018! Special thanks to the Port Union Seniors, students and volunteers who all gave their time, effort and enthusiasm to make Winterfest a wonderful event. Winterfest 2018 was made possible through the generous support of our sponsors.

Community Sponsors: Beautycounter, DIY Wine Beer Cider, Global Pet Foods, Heather Lemieux, Jill’s Team – Royal LePage Realty, Kotansky Dental, Pasta Tutti Giorni, Pine Ridge Dental, RBC Rylander Branch, Simply Frosted Cupcakery, Smokey Jo’s and Town Wings.

Event Sponsors: Centennial Community & Recreation Association, West Rouge Sports & Recreation Association, Port Union Seniors and Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation.