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KEAB’s weekend Spring Craft Show first fundraiser in two-years


by Sylene Argent

After over two-years of having to put fundraising efforts on hiatus, members of the Kingsville Essex Associated Band (KEAB) were able to take over the Shaheen Community Room at the Essex Centre Sports Complex to host what would typically be the annual Spring Craft Show.

  Jamie Bombardier, President of the KEAB, noted the Spring Gift Show is normally hosted at Essex District High School, however, restrictions still in place at that facility had the Band seek out an alternative for this past event.


  Julie Slater, Meeting Chairperson for the Band, added the change in venue created a nice surprise for even better than expected foot traffic, as families headed to the arena to play hockey over the weekend, and stopped by to shop.

  “We are letting everyone know the Band is up and kicking, and plans for a fantastic year,” Bombardier said of hosting the Spring Craft Show.

  Around 25 vendors filled the hall with their homemade wares and goods, making for a unique shopping experience for those who made sure they took the trip out to support the local marching band, which is celebrating its 85th anniversary this year.

  With roots stretching back to 1937, the Kingsville Essex Associated Band plans to celebrate its milestone anniversary in style throughout the summer by playing at the many festival parades planned, including the Comber Fair, the Harrow Fair, and the Essex Fun Fest.

  Due to the pandemic, members of the KEAB were unable to play at many events over the past two-years, or even had much chance to get together to practice. They were able, however, to play during the holiday parade season this past December, and are looking forward to getting together to perfect their craft now that COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted.

  The Band was pleased to be able to form a partnership with the Canadian Transportation Museum & Heritage Village to acquire rehearsal space, and is looking forward to getting back in sync and in tune. The official first practice is scheduled to take place on Thursday, April 7.

  The Kingsville Essex Associated Band is always willing to take on new members. Those interested in joining can visit KEAB.ca to learn more. Those in a position to give are urged to think about sending along a donation to the local band as it gets up and running after a lengthy hiatus, due to the pandemic. Donations can be made by using the website or social media to contact Bombardier. 

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