Flag Raising and Reception
We celebrated the kick-off of our own Minden Pride week of events with the flag raising observed by over 200 people.
Then we trundled across the street to schmooze and enjoy refreshments at Up River Trading. There was even a cake!
Canadian critically acclaimed drama film Tru Love, written, directed and produced by Kate Johnston and Shauna MacDonald. Rated 14A.
This film, with stunning cinematography lushly set in Toronto, tells the story of the tension created when a beautiful widow comes to visit her workaholic daughter and forges an unlikely friendship…and more, with a younger woman.
Minden Pride was thrilled that internationally acclaimed and award winning filmmaker Kate Johnston attended our event with a Q&A after.
Community Meet & Greet
It was standing room only at the Boshkung Social on Water Street overlooking the Gull River.
Nick & Benton entertained with live jazz.
Trivia Night at the ‘D’
Twelve teams participated in this gay-themed, fun-filled pub evening at the Dominion Hotel.
Drag Queen Story Hour
A great big thanks to Plum Vicious for reading to a packed room of all ages at the Minden Hills Cultural Centre in the Minden Hills branch of the Haliburton County Public Library.
Produced by Russell Red Events
This party was a total drag! Russell Red Events staged a fabulous party and show at the Pinestone Resort and Conference Centre – it was a sold out success!
Tea Dance – “Pretty in Pink”
This afternoon event was the best way to reconcile your love of partying with your early-ass bedtime. Minden Pride’s tea dance featured great dance music, door prizes, munchies and new this year, a Silent Auction.
DJ Dag kept the Dominion Hotel hopping!
PRIDE comes in many beliefs and spiritual practices. Highland Hills United Church hosted this year’s service with Rev. Max Ward, and guests: Rev. Canon Milton Barry of the Anglican Church of Canada, Anne Taylor, a Michi Saagii Anishinaabe Kwe from Wshkiigmong (Curve Lake First Nation), and Mala Sikka and Terry Hagan, both resident Teachers of the Dharma Centre of Canada (with an emphasis on Buddhist practices).
To wrap up Minden Pride Week, Minden closed a section of Water Street for us. The street (and the town) burst with rainbow colours everywhere. There was entertainment, food and fun! Something for everyone: all inclusive, all ages.
Food Purveyors J&G’s Waffle Wagon, Into the Blue wood fired pizza, Raisin the Root plant-based, gluten-free and delish cuisine.
Exhibitors & Vendors Abbey Gardens, Rails End Gallery, YWCA Peterborough Haliburton, Peterborough AIDS Resource Network (PARN), Creative H’Art Planet, Muskoka Pride, Haliburton County Youth Wellness Hub, Girl Guides of Canada, Centre for Making (HSA+D), The Occurrence, Minden River Run, Pure Romance, TD Canada Trust, Haliburton County Library, Pride Universe
Games & Activities Sumo Wrestling, Giant Bowling, Giant Darts, Drum Circle, Photo Booth, Fluffy Feet Face Painting, and Kids Activities. Entertainment featured the Sparkling Diva of Hula Performer Boho Fab.