METCALFE – Residents from Metcalfe and the surrounding area enjoyed great weather, good food, and lots to see and do at the fifth annual Metcalfe Meet and Greet Sat., May 11.

The day of fun shared the stage with the opening of the Metcalfe Farmers’ Market and a community garage sale centered around the St. Andrew’s United Church parking lot.

Forty-two local businessiness took part in the Meet and Greet. The City of Ottawa helped out with childrens’ activities and support, including free food for visitors.

All of the day’s activities took place at Victoria Park.

Vanessa Rowan (left) Sharon Rock and Jenna Rowan looked after their booth at the community garage sale in Metcalfe.

The portion of the street by the park was closed to motor traffic.

Chair of the Meet and Greet Group, who organized the event, Marc Sauve said, “There are no financial transactions here. People are not encouraged to reach into their pocket for anything.”

Osgoode Ward Councillor George Darouze was instrumental in getting the city to join in the event.

Putting the event on gets easier each year said Sauve.

“The only difficulty is arranging for the street to be closed down,” he said.

Martha Robertson and Nelda Isaac were busy at their table at the garage sale.

He said residents look at the Meet and Greet as a sure sign that spring has arrived.

The group is trying to make sure that there will be a different community event for every season.

In the winter, the group hosts Christmas in the Village and in the fall they put together the Fall Feast Pig Roast.

“This event has come a long way,” Sauve said. “The first one started with just six interested parties.”

Dexter, the event’s mascot, got a hug from Natalie Toll.

A well-attended ball hockey tournament finished off the afternoon.

Entertainer Yaki played music and made balloon animals for children. Here, he posed with Jackson Pratt.

Below: Face painting was lots of fun for children and adults. Here, Amber Boszormeny painted the face of Emma Winslow while mom Lilly and sister Sarah watched.

Millie Servant spent some time with miniature horse, Chantilly’s Lace. Morin Photos