/Minden Pride 2019 bigger than ever

Minden Pride 2019 bigger than ever

“I think everybody’s going to have a very wonderful time”said Minden Pride chairman David Rankin who’s been involved with theevent for three years. “There’s going to be a lot of excitement foreverybody a lot of fun a lot of interaction and socialization.”

Minden Pride kicks it off with the flag raising on Monday Aug. 19 at 10 a.m.at the Minden Hills municipal building while The Minden Pride Playersperform live music. Reception follows after at 10:45 a.m. right acrossthe street at Up River Trading Co.

A relaxing night in Movie Nighttakes place on Tuesday Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Minden Hills CulturalCentre where critically acclaimed drama Tru Love by award-winningfilmmaker Kate Johnston will be screened. With a special appearance from the director herself the night will end with a Q&A session aboutthe film.

The Community Meet and Greet will take place on Wednesday Aug. 21 between 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m at Boshkung Social with liveentertainment from Nick & Benton providing ample opportunity tomingle and socialize.

On Thursday Aug. 22 Trivia Night will be held at the Dominion Hotel and Pub from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. To participatefive-person teams must register early for $5 per participant. Earlier on in the day as an all-ages event Drag Queen Story Hour will be held at the Minden Hills library branch at 10:10 a.m.
An exciting additionto the line-up the Burlesque Ball will be held at the Pinestone Resortfrom 8 p.m. to close on Friday Aug. 23. Featuring drag queens andmusical entertainment tickets are $25 per person and can be purchasedat Russell Red Records in Haliburton and at both Up River Trading Co.locations in Minden and Haliburton and online at russellredrecords.ca .

On Saturday Aug. 24 the 19+ event Tea Dance will be underway from 4 p.m.to 8 p.m. at The Dominion Hotel and Pub where live entertainment doorprizes food and a new silent auction will be showcased.

The lastday of the week Sunday Aug. 25 features two main events. Amulti-faith service at 1 p.m. at the Highland Hills United Church forpeople of all faiths to participate in will have hosts of the eventcoming from Anglican First Nations and Buddhist expertise andbackgrounds. Street Fest will take place down Water Street from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. and will showcase a variety of food exhibitors vendorsspecial live entertainment and games.

“This community is extremelywelcoming and we have really felt embraced” said Rankin. “There arestill a lot of people both young individuals and older people who arefeeling isolated because they’re not really aware that they can be outand open and recognized that they are not alone in this community. It’simportant that they understand that they’re not alone.”
For more information on tickets pricing volunteer sign-up and general information about Pride Week visit www.mindenpride.ca .