MOREWOOD – The heat may have thinned out the crowd, but people still embraced the first of the popular Meet Me on Main Street events in the village of Morewood Wed., July 4.

Staff from the Township of North Dundas, sporting their new green Meet Me on Main Street T-shirts, were on hand to help with the festivities featuring local food, craft beer, wine, art and entertainment. The local residents thoroughly enjoyed the event once again this year and took great pride in the opportunity to show off their picturesque village to visitors and family alike.

Tristan Pitre skipped down Main Street in Morewood during the first of five Meet Me on Main Street events in North Dundas. The next event is tonight (Wed., July 11) in South Mountain.

North Dundas Mayor Eric Duncan helped get the event off to a proper start and has taken a special interest in continuing a new tradition that showcases some of best the region has to offer.

“Council’s goal is not to make money. If we can break even and we give our staff costs to it, that usually makes it viable. It’s a homecoming and it’s a chance to celebrate living in small town Ontario and people have really warmed up to it,” he said. “If they’re from Ottawa or Toronto coming back home to the area, they’re planning their vacations around the local Meet Me on Main Street. So, it’s kind of like a little bit of a homecoming.”

Young Larkin Kearley, the proud operator of Linky’s Lemonade, offered a cool drink from her front yard to those on the way back home after the event. Kearley doesn’t charge for her lemonade, but instead accepts donations, which helps send kids with Type 1 diabetes to camp.

Each event will offer something a little different as vendors, artists and even the craft breweries will rotate throughout the events.

“We’re showcasing local craft beer. We did Molson products last year which was okay, but we thought let’s showcase some of the local businesses we’ve got here,” said Duncan.

There are five breweries featured and each will be at two events. Etienne Brule and Tuque de Broue from Embrun, Beau’s Brewery from Vankleek Hill, Humble Beginnings from Ingleside and Rurban Brewing out of Cornwall.

Smokie Ridge Vineyards is offering their selection of wine for all five events.

Smokie Ridge Vineyards selection of wine was another popular stop on Main Street in Morewood that tickled the taste buds.

There are even souvenir T-shirts available for purchase, which help support the event. They can be purchased on site or at the township office.

The next Meet Me on Main Street event is tonight (Wed., July 11) in South Mountain from 5:30 to 8 pm.

Anne Carriere and Oliver Beal of Simply Baked worked up a sweat behind the grill as they served up hamburgers and whistle dogs on homemade buns.

Dylan Roberts kept the beat for Sons of Gord as they entertained the crowd on a steamy summer evening.

Stephanie MacLellan got her face painted as her daughter, Maggie, watched in awe. Stephanie Eourrie of Honeydrop Body Art provided the artistic touch. Press Photos – Schoch