Groundhog Day 2019

Wiarton Willie predicts an early spring and Crier Bruce Kruger was there to let everyone know.

Just for the record, there were conflicting predictions from Canada’s two most famous forecasting groundhogs, with Wiarton Willie heralding an early spring while Shubenacadie Sam claims there will be six more weeks of winter.





The Muskoka Escapades …

On July 14th, 2018, the Seventeenth Annual Muskoka Escapades of Town Competition was held in Bracebridge. The first cry was hosted at the Bracebridge Farmers Market with the second cry held at Santa’s Village. Santa and Mrs. Claus presented the winners with their prizes kindly donated by the Farmers Market and Santa’s Village as follows: Prizes awarded as follows:

First Place – Crier Bill McKee – The Township of Uxbridge & Port Perry – Scugog Township & City of Oshawa
Second Place – Crier Mark Molnar – City of St. Catharines
Third Place – Crier Les Whiting – Town of Petrolia
Most Humorous Cry – Crier Bill McKee – The Township of Uxbridge & Port Perry-Scugog Township
Best Supporting Escort – Escort Karen Whiting – Town of Petrolia

After the competition, many of the Criers & Escorts cruised aboard Santa’s Jet Boat up the Muskoka River to Kruger’s residence, disembarking to join the other Criers/Escorts, judges and helpers for great fellowship and dinner.

Special thanks is extended to: Bracebridge Farmers Market (Pat & Laura)
– Santa’s Village management, Jamie Hopkins and staff, and of course… Santa & Mrs. Claus
– Judges
– Steve Clement
– All the dinner helpers

On behalf of my wife/escort, Lynn, and me… I extend congratulations to the winners and again… many thanks to everyone who attended making it another… great day of fun & fellowship! Thanks also to Skeeter, Willie & Tammy for cooking and serving, which was great.

To the judges… thanks for all your efforts and a special thanks to Steve Clement and Jill Harris for all of your support behind the scenes, including setting up the tent and chairs plus Steve providing the running water at the bandstand!

Merry Christmas to all,

Crier Bruce

Upcoming in 2018 …

For Criers and Company here is a list of events that have been proposed for 2018. For more information please contact the hosting Crier.

Celebrate Barrie!“, Saturday, June 2, Barrie Ontario
Organizer: Crier Steve Travers, Town Crier for Barrie

Harmony Square, June 8-10, Brantford, Ontario
Organizer: Crier David McKee, Town Crier for Brantford

Muskoka Escapades of Town Crier Competition“, July 14th, 2018, Bracebridge, Ontario
Organizer: Crier Bruce Kruger, Town Crier for Bracebridge

Ontario Provincial Town Crier Championships, July 28, Stella, Ontario
Organizer: Crier Bill McKee, The Township of Uxbridge & Port Perry-Scugog Township
Notes: A 3 cry event with an AGM. The venue is St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Stella, Ontario on Saturday July 28, 2018. This will coincide with the 70th annual Garden Party.