‘Very possibly the next mayor’ of N. Dundas to emcee Mayor’s All Stars Christmas Benefit Show, this Friday

North Dundas firefighters sing carols at the 2017 edition of the North Dundas Mayor's All Stars Christmas Benefit Show. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Variety show a fundraiser for North Dundas Fire Service

WINCHESTER — The signature blue poster is out for this Friday’s fifth annual Mayor’s All Stars Christmas Benefit Show. And organizers at the North Dundas Arts Council (NDAC) say this year’s fundraiser for the North Dundas Fire Service is going to have a twist of comedy, starting with special guest emcee Stefan Kohut, who is being billed as “very possibly the next mayor.”

“Stefan is an actor and musician with a comedic bent, and we think people are going to love him,” says Ann Brady, NDAC’s co-chair.

After mayor Eric Duncan had to cancel his appearance due to other commitments, Kohut stepped up to the plate. He is the husband of Kelly Windle, owner of The Planted Arrow Flowers & Gifts, who is donating all the décor for the evening. “We are excited to be part of the holiday festivities with all the wonderful acts and artists participating in the show,” says Windle, who also heads the Dairyfest Committee.

The Dec. 1 event at Winchester’s Old Town Hall will feature a mini-market in the upper lobby before the show, with vendors from Community Living Dundas County; Sandy Design; The planted Arrow; and North Gower Honey. Santa will be posing for pictures in the lower lobby starting at 6 p.m., so families can take their own for free, something organizers thought people would appreciate in these cash-strapped times. The 7:30 p.m. variety show will feature Santa; the Winchester Fire Station Choir, who wowed the crowd last year; brothers Daniel Trolly and Michael Trolly; Anne Lyon and Ken Julien; and Winchester District Memorial Hospital’s CEO, Cholly Boland, with his daughter Charis. Christmas treats will be available at the canteen, which is being run by GIAG Dundas Youth Centre.

“Everyone involved in this beautiful event has donated their time and talents, and production costs have been sponsored. So 100 percent of the admission and donations raised will be given to the North Dundas Fire Service at the end of the show,” adds Brady. “This is an especially busy time of year for these brave men and women, and we are honored to give back to them.”

Doors open at 6 p.m. to the 2017 Mayor’s All Stars Christmas Benefit Show. Admission is $5, and everyone is welcome.

Below, Winchester Firefighters sing at the 2016 North Dundas Mayor’s Christmas All-Stars Christmas Benefit Show at the Old Town Hall.


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Enjoy show, dinner and music at ‘Christmas with Friends,’ Winchester United Church, Dec. 3.

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