Let’s Go Fishing! Celebrations revives classic spring tradition for families

By Roderick Benns

Lindsay is known as a great thoroughfare to the lakes and rivers of Kawartha Lakes for top-notch fishing, whether by boat or from the shore. Fishing is also a great way to enjoy the company of young and old. As a pastime, or sport fishing, it is another way to experience our great outdoors and see Lindsay from a different vantage point.

Now, as co-owner of Celebrations (the old Queen Street United Church) which sits at the corner of Queen and Lindsay Street South, Linden Mackey wants to see the river one again celebrated on May 26, the start of fishing season in the Scugog River. His vision is that from Noon to 11 pm, families will once again converge at the river.

Ray Marshall, who is the Rentals and Special Contracts contact at Celebrations, says people are welcome to fish near Celebrations and anywhere along the river in the downtown area. There will also be tackle displays, homemade lures, casting technique demonstrations and how to take fish off hooks safely, among other things.

As well, there’s going to be an open house between 5-7 pm in the building itself for the public to see how the old church has been both renovated for private use and yet aspects of it preserved, too, such as the incredible stained glass windows.

Celebrations will turn one third of the parking lot into booth and display areas related to fishing and food, with two thirds of the lot still left over for parking. There will be two or three bands or singers – one for a matinee, one over dinner and another after dinner. A bar will open after 5 pm.

“The world is going so fast,” says Marshall, “that it would be great if parents can gather up the kids and spend a few hours doing something family-oriented like this.”

Kids under 15 don’t even require a fishing licence – and it’s an easy process for adults and teens over 15 to get one online here.

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