Where can you shop for butter tarts with thousands of others and later in the summer watch tug boat races? Where can you welcome Great Lakes cruise ships and in the same week watch an outdoor movie? It has been decades and decades since Midland has been so welcoming during summer months, thanks to a variety of well planned events in town.
Naturally these “people attractions” take time to plan and later host. It has been well over seven decades since Martyrs’ Shrine staged its outdoor Pageant. It drew thousands. It has been decades since the late Pope John Paul II visited the Shrine and Ste Marie among the Hurons. Probably there are no more than a dozen Canadian communities that can say the Holy Father visited their towns. His visit was precisely the biggest ecumenical event ever staged in Simcoe County. So where do we go from here?
Maybe an “ideas committee” might come together with organizers of other successful events in town to build on their collective success.. Such a committee would welcome ideas from the general public. Study merits of each potential event, find volunteers, funding if required and press on. It would seem Midland organizers have the bit in their mouths and keen to put Midland on the map again. It has been a great summer, with stores staying open longer during certain days, contests downtown, etc. Culturally speaking, Midland seems to be firing on all cylinders. Well done people and don’t stop now other than to take a well-deserved breath.