Bridgeburg Trick or Treat

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Bridgeburg Trick or Treat

On October 28th between 11 AM and 2 PM, come join us in the Bridgeburg Historic District for some Halloween fun! Take a look at all of the fun events that we have planned to make 2017's event the best yet:

The Bridgeburg Express Train will be taking young riders around the clock, so don't miss it!

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The Bell Tower (located on 375 Central Ave) will be hosting fun games and crafts!

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Over 30 of our amazing businesses will be handing out loads of free candy and gifts from their storefronts... sweet, right?!

Even Spiderman will be attending! He's about as real as you get, see for yourself:

Wow - that's a lot of cool stuff, and it's all going on, right here in Bridgeburg. We can't wait to see you for this awesome free event!

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Bell Tower Volunteers Recognised

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Bell Tower Volunteers Recognised

The Bridgeburg District BIA is very proud to congratulate Marc, Shannon, and Noel from our very own Bell Tower Communty Centre on being recognised last month as the Fort Erie Times volunteers of the year!

We are so thankful to have such amazing people helping to improve both the district, the community, and Fort Erie in general. 

Check out the original article (transcribed and directly from print) below:

Bell Tower volunteers recognised
Thursday June 22, 2017
Kris Dube / Special to the Times

Marc Poisson, Shannon Unrau Tower Community Centre are of the year.

The people behind the Bell Tower Community Centre have been welcomed with open arms since the local venue was established about a year ago.

Operated by Marc Poisson and Noel LaBoeuf, the facility hosts several community events, offers a fully-licensed bar and space to various groups, but has also raised thousands of dollars for local causes.

This is why LaBoeuf and Poisson are being recognized by the Fort Erie Times as volunteers of the year.

Although both are the faces of the arts and community centre, they attribute a lot of the success so far to the many other people who offer their time before, during and after events.

"We have a team of supporters that are incredible," said Poisson in a recent interview.

A breast cancer walk on Mother's Day brought in almost $1,000, a 'Kinky Carnival' raised $1,000 and more than 600 items for Community Outreach Program Erie, as well as $300 for a mental health cause.

"This town has welcomed us amazingly and all of these things were able to happen because of the support of the community," said Poisson.

LaBoeuf lives by the adage of what goes around, comes around - saying they must play a role in the community in order to be embraced and supported by Fort Erie, especially just setting up less than a year ago.

"If we want people to come out to our events -we have to do something for our community," said LaBoeuf. The Bell Tower also hosts an artist discovery mentorship program, which will have two installments per year. Poisson and LaBoeuf both say they want to thank the many people who volunteer their time at the Bell Tower - one of them being Shannon Unrau, who says she helps because she believes in the causes the facility supports. "I feel strongly about helping my friends and I enjoy planning things. When my goal is to raise as much money as I can it's a good starting point," she said. For more information, visit www.thebelltowercommunity.com
 

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Jarvis Street Art Crawl

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Jarvis Street Art Crawl

On Saturday, July 22, businesses on Jarvis Street will be opening up their doors to local artists and the community for our first ever Art Crawl!

Organised by Game's Room, the event will feature a wide variety of visual and dramatic arts, musicians, food vendors, and an open mic!

This is a community event, so entry to the public is totally free!

Artists will have their work available for purchase at the event (such as jewelry, paintings, music CD's, and so on).

If you or someone you know has creative work to display, please contact the organisers through their Facebook Page.

Also, are you a Comedian, Singer, Musician, Band or Poet? Would you like 5-10 minutes to show everyone what you got? Let them know here and they will be happy to put you on the roster! 

For more information, please check out the official event page below. See you there!

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Old-Fashioned Street Dance

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Old-Fashioned Street Dance

We loved the music, smells and vibe of last year's Taste of Fort Erie, and the overwhelming support made it a huge success even in the rain! 

Dance like nobody's watching! (Photo from last year's Taste of Fort Erie)

Dance like nobody's watching! (Photo from last year's Taste of Fort Erie)

However, an event of such proportions took up a large amount of the board's resources and financial capacity. So, in the theme of fun, we've pared it down a little and decided this year to have a new event, Bridgeburg's first Old-Fashioned Street Dance

Please invite all your friends and come on down for an evening of music, food, and dancing! Of course, there's always room for a drink (or two or three)... 

We welcome all Bridgeburg businesses to participate - if you'd like a spot to showcase your business, no problem, just let us know! Here are all the details:

Date: Sept 23rd
Time: 5 pm to Midnight 

Live Entertainment Lineup

  • The Associates 5 to 9pm 
  • Split Second 9pm to 12pm

Food and Beverage Options (just to name a few)

  • Billy Bones Ribs 
  • Broaster Boys Chicken 
  • Fort Erie Fry Truck 
  • The Savoury Bean 
  • South Sides 
  • Bass Girls Wraps and Rolls 
  • The Event Cube Mobile Bar 
  • Brimstone Brewery 

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Update and New Events!

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Update and New Events!

The Bridgeburg District has been super busy this year reallocating their budget to support important new initiatives! 

One of the awesome new businesses we are assisting, The Bell Tower Community Arts & Entertainment Complex, is leading the way in creating entertaining, local, and safe community events, including Country Nights, Karaoke Evenings and charity events such as The Breast Cancer Walk and Kinks and Drags (to aid Fort Erie's C.O.P.E.). 

Many noteworthy Grand Openings have taken place this year including our own Real Estate Office, Royal LePage's Dawn Kendrick, and our new Sun Life Financial Planning Office (Katie Miller and Kyle Campbell).

The Royal LePage and Sun Life Financial offices with their new signs... fancy!

The Royal LePage and Sun Life Financial offices with their new signs... fancy!

We welcomed Atrium Spa, an incredible business owned by Val Fyke, to the celebration of Fate Salon's 50th year in business with their showcase new building. These new and improved businesses give a fresh energy and light to Bridgeburg, setting superior standards as the next generation of businesses to the area. Many buildings have been recently purchased, and there are a few facade grant contracts that have been signed for commitment, so be on the lookout for even more renovated buildings over the next 6 to 12 months!

The BBIA have a full schedule of exciting events planned for this year, including a brand-new event we'd like to call the Old Fashioned Street Dance... stay tuned for more info on this in the coming weeks.

We truly want to keep you on the edge of your seats, as there will be another outstanding event to come in 2018 which we promise will bring back Bridgeburg's history.

The Halloween Trick or Treat event will be run this year by The Bell Tower, and last but not least, we have some really incredible announcements to come about this year's Santa Claus Parade. Phew!

Outside The Bell Tower last October for our 'Trick or Treat on Jarvis Street' event!

Outside The Bell Tower last October for our 'Trick or Treat on Jarvis Street' event!

The town has been aiding the district, and is currently busy repairing sidewalks in the area: a temporary fix to our long term plan of achieving a major overhaul of the street. We have already taken the first steps by securing appropriate funding for the design, including sidewalks, light posts, garden, irrigation, and much more.

One thing's for sure: Bridgeburg just keeps on getting better! 

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