Buses are plying the roads. Military vehicles are everywhere. There are high speed boats on Peninsula Lake. We were chatting with the vet who is on contract to take care of any issues for the Police Dogs K9 unit. The crash barriers are up on Hwy. 60. This morning the F18's were screaming overhead, wingtip to wingtip.
Everywhere else, in this bizarre scenario, life unfolds peacefully and as usual. There are parking spots in town. Lots of stock in the stores. Cheerful faces. Plenty to talk about... Nothing like an international Summit to provide talking points to one and all.
The International plaza built for the occasion in town is proudly flying all the 8 nation flags, plus one for the EEC.
Deerhurst is now closed to the public. It's a beehive of activity putting on the finishing touches. After all, Deerhurst will be front and centre in the Photo Op.
There's lots else going on as well. This Monday, June 21, the Summer Solstice, will see National Aboriginal Day taking place in Huntsville. If you get yourself up to the Memorial Park behind the new Summit Centre at 5.30 in the morning, you can take part in the Sunrise Ceremony. If you tend to rise a little later, the PowWow is on all day long. This event, honouring World and G8 Leaders is hosted by Chippewas of Rama First Nation and Wasauksing First Nations. The Powwow Grand Entry begins at 12:30
The Water Festival is on, June 20, at Rivermill Park in Huntsville. In its inaugural year, Huntsville Water Festival celebrates water and its life-giving qualities by educating and exciting our local community on water stewardship responsibilities and green energy resources, while raising awareness and funds for the growing world water crisis. There are a lot of events... you should go. Tell Jessica I sent you...
The second part of the Water Festival happens Thursday, June 24. The Girl 8 concert - with performances by Tina Turley, Sherisse Stevens, Linda McLean, Ruth Cassey with Ivan Blackbird, Sarah Spring with Tobin Spring and Amanda Penner, Chistine Heron, Meg Jordan, Jaime Payne and Sarah McNeil and the Huntsville Youth Choir.
Money raised from the Water Festival will go towards the purchase of respiratory masks for clean-up crews battling the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill in partnership with Robert F Kennedy Jr’s Waterkeeper Alliance; and to Huntsville High School’s Me to We Program – a program born out of Free the Children – recognizing students who have volunteered their time and enthusiasm to making Huntsville Water Festival and Girl 8 a success