October 31, 2006
Ontario Guild of Town Criers
Re: Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade
I would like to thank you (and your fellow criers) for your participation in this year’s Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade on Monday, October 9, 2006. It was an absolutely perfect day for the Parade! The 39th annual Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade will be on Monday, October 8, 2007 and applications
I have enjoyed working with you and hope you are planning to participate next year.
K-W Oktoberfest Inc.
Chairperson, Parade Committee
Scott adds his thanks and notes that the following Town Criers helped with the Oktoberfest Parade: Mark Molnar, Derek Miller, Doug Turvey, Bill McKee, Bruce Kruger, Shaun Kruger and George Sims.
After almost 20 years of service the Town Crier for Lincoln, Wainfleet and Haldimand retired.
Bob thoroughly enjoyed the years of crying and look forward to being a spectator in the future. He is a Life Member of the Guild and looks forward to keeping abreast of the “goings-on” in the world of Town Crying and to keep in touch with the many friends that he made through the Guild.
The Ontario Guild of Town Criers was again represented at the head of the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival Parade.
The following Town Criers helped Mark Molnar with his Niagara Grape and Wine Festival Parade: Tony VanderMaas, Dave McKee, Derek Miller, Dave Phillips, George Sims.
Thank you Mark for your efforts in organizing this activity once again!
Kingston, On: The Kingston Economic Development Corporation is pleased to announce that Chris Whyman has joined the organization.
â€œFor some time, Chris has been the official tourism ambassador for the cityâ€ said Jeff Garrah, KEDCOâ€™s General Manager. â€œI am pleased he has joined our team and will manage Visitor Services for our organization.â€
For the last 23 years, Chris has traveled the world as Kingstonâ€™s Town Crier, using his distinctive voice to promote the many virtues of the Limestone City. He has participated in hundreds of competitions and festivals, acquiring many distinguished awards and titles for his crying abilities. He received the 2004 World Town Crier Tournamentâ€™s Championship Award, and the Best Dressed Criers Award.
Chris recently led a delegation to Detroit, Michigan, proclaiming Kingstonâ€™s many tourism advantages. His powerful pipes have helped put Kingston on the map, both nationally and internationally.
Chris will be based out of the Tourism Information Office. Located in the historic railway station across from Kingston City Hall, the TIO provides information on accommodations, attractions, culture and retail to visitors to the city of Kingston.
On September 16, 2006, Crier Bruce Kruger acted as Master of Ceremonies to host a Competition on the front steps of City Hall to select a new Town Crier for the City of Owen Sound. Three applicants vied for the position by giving a provided cry and one that they wrote on the History of Owen Sound. Mr. Drew Ferguson, an excellent candidate, was selected by a judging panel consisting of Mayor Ruth Lovell, Mr. Larry Miller, MP, Crier Roy Wilson, Crier Steve Travers & Crier Steve Travers.
Only 1 Â½ points separated the winner from second place of Crier Jennifer Templeman who also did an outstanding job. Third place was by a retired school teacher involved in acting, Mr. Paul Flood. Drew has indicated that he wishes to join the Guild as soon as possible and has full support from the Mayor and City Council in this endeavour. Also, his wife is excited to take on the roll as his escort.
We are pleased to welcome Crier Drew Ferguson to the exciting world of Town Crying! Congratulations & Best Wishes, Drew! Special thanks are extended to the three Criers acting as judges for this event. Well Done!