Providence Bay News & Notes

Les Glanville was down country to Brussels for the 66th annual Glanville Family Reunion. Daughter and granddaughter Lesley and Emily Kerckhoff met up with him there to visit with family. Then they drove down to visit Elsie’s sisters in Sarnia before Les returned up to Park Hill to visit a nephew before returning home. 

The Ride Manitoulin Motorcycle Rally was held at the Providence Bay Fairgrounds on July 19 and 20 bringing many motorcycle enthusiasts to our beautiful Manitoulin roadways to see the sights and participate in the Poker Run, bringing new customers to local island businesses. All of the proceeds go to the Alzheimer’s Society for local needs and programming. A big thank you goes out to Ann Auxier (Noble) and Randy Bowerman and to volunteers that helped to pull this all together. The Providence Bay/Spring Bay Lions Club hosted the beer gardens for this fun event.

The Manitoulin Island Dirt Riders Association (MIDRA) has opened its track and many local children and youth are enjoying some riding activities. The track is open every Tuesday from 6 to 8 pm and every Sunday from 1 to 5 pm. You can contact them on their Facebook page by searching MIDRA.

Huron Island Time is doing more than hosting their Sunset Concert Series every Friday night at 7 pm on the boardwalk at the beach. On Saturday, July 20 they hosted a book release party for Mark Seabrook’s first novel, ‘Sun Infinity Moon.’ Mark read excerpts from the book and shared anecdotes about the evolution of the work. On Saturday nights, they also have an open mic night with Sheldon Migwans. 

The next Summer Sunset Concert Series is being held outside of Huron Island Time with Doris Folkens on Friday, July 26. This singer/ guitarist from Guelph warms the hearts of enthusiastic crowds with her excellent Canajun country folk songs with her strong, beautiful voice. She endears herself to her audience with charming background stories of the characters that she brings to life through music. Come on out and enjoy a beautiful evening.

Happy belated birthday wishes go out to Keith McAllister who celebrated on July 15; George Strain, whose special day was July 16; Steve Orford celebrated his birthday July 19; Doris Cress on July 22; Nancy Head and Sandra Morgan on July 23; and Happy Birthday to former resident Harry and to Jane Bryan who celebrates on July 24. Shirley Cranston will be celebrating her birthday on July 27 and across the pond, in London, Tim McFarlane celebrates July 28. 

The monthly euchre tournament will be held in the basement of the Providence Bay Community Centre on Tuesday, July 30 starting at 8 pm. Bring along a partner and join in on a fun evening of playing cards. All are welcome.

We are looking for someone to take over writing the Providence Bay News and Notes on a weekly basis. Are you interested in writing on a volunteer basis? Your community needs your help. You can contact Cheryl or Ingrid to let them know or contact the editor Alicia McCutcheon by email at

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