Second annual Meet Me on Main Street puts emphasis on local brews

An estimated 550 to 600 people turned out for Meet Me on Main Street in Chesterville on July 26, 2017, as photographed from The Gathering House roof. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Commences July 4 in Morewood with follow-up dates in Hallville, South Mountain, Chesterville, Winchester

NORTH DUNDAS — North Dundas Township’s highly successful take-off on Ottawa’s Canada 150 Wellington Street open-air dinner returns next month.

As promised by Mayor Eric Duncan at last year’s concluding ‘Meet Me on Main Street’ gathering in Winchester, the mid-week summer party series resumes July 4 in Morewood. Subsequent dates are again planned in the same order as in 2017: South Mountain (July 11); Hallville (July 18); Chesterville (July 25); with the grand finale in Winchester (Aug. 1).  Each one runs 5:30 to 8 p.m. and sees a major street closed to make way for  long rows of tables and chairs and happy crowds enjoying the hearty fare of several vendors — as well as beer. The involved stretches of asphalt will once again be licensed for alcohol consumption during each gathering — a daring first for North Dundas when it debuted last year.

Meet Me On Main Street 2017 drew over 3,000 people.

This year’s edition will focus on local craft beers, with featured product from Humble Beginnings Brewing of Ingleside, Rurban of Cornwall, Embrun’s Étienne Brûlé and Tuque de Broue, and the ever-burgeoning Beau’s Brewing Company of Vankleek Hill. Paul ‘Smokie’ Leblanc will also be on hand with the wines produced Smokie Ridge Vineyard outside Mountain — a business that also plans to jump into the local brewery game as well.

Live local music will again add to the flavour of each date — with the Veinotte boys of Chesterville — aka Sons of Gord — booked for Morewood; Mountain’s Marleen Fawcett in South Mountain; Hillbilly Highway in Hallville; Jeff & Joe in Chesterville; and the Brigadoons in Winchester.

 

Below, Mayor Eric Duncan has recently distributed this promotional video of ‘Meet Me on Main Street’ 2018, a vignette telling the story of last year’s event debut. 

 

Below, the official event poster distributed by North Dundas through Facebook.

 

 

Where’s Guy Lauzon? The MP is in this photo of the 2017 Chesterville edition of Meet Me On Main Street.  Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

 

Below, video footage of the 2017 Meet Me on Main Street, Chesterville.

 

A few of the sights and sounds of Meet Me on Main Street in Morewood, in the video below.

 

Below, members of Hillbilly Highway sing ‘O Canada’ — and other numbers — at last year’s Meet Me On Main Street in South Mountain. The local group is set to play one of the five Meet Me On Main Street dates in North Dundas this summer as well — July 18 in Hallville. 

 

Meet Me on Main Street (Morewood’s 2017 edition shown above) started as a North Dundas Canada 150 initiative. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

 

John and Beate Stewart (at left) and (at right) Lois Beckstead (front) and Thea Chouinard — in Winchester for Meet Me On Main Street 2017. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

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