Andrea's 5 fun things to do this weekend in Waterloo Region – Aug 2-5

From the Mill Race Festival to a woodcut exhibition and a chilling play, online host Andrea Bellemare has some suggestions for weekend fun.
The lost vessels HMS Erebus and HMS Terror from Sir John Franklin's 1845 expedition, shown in an illustration from the Illustrated London News published on May 24, 1845. The ships feature in a play that mashes up the Franklin expedition with Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. ((Illustrated London News/Getty Images))

1. Artist Alley Friday 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Check out local art while taking a walk down Artist Alley to kick off your long weekend. This market, put on by the Waterloo Community Arts Centre, happens at several points during the summer, but you don’t have many chances left to catch it! Head over to the Button Factory to get your artsy fix.

2. Mill Race Festival Friday 7-11 p.m. , Saturday & Sunday, 1:00 -11:00 p.m.

Tunes, tunes, tunes – expect to hear lots of music in Cambridge this weekend as the annual Mill Race Folk Society Festival returns. There are tons of artists, from The Everlovin’ Jug Band to Juneyt to The Schotts performing, as well as children’s performers, clowns, and Morris and Molly dancers. Get a complete listing of events at the festival’s website, and don’t forget that admission is free!

3. Erebus & Terror Friday and Saturday, 8:30 p.m.

History buffs will know that Erebus and Terror are the names of the ships used in Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated expedition to find the Northwest Passage in 1845. Some small remnants of ships and the passengers have been found, and CBC launched a special series last year to document the search. But this play is not about the ships, per se. In this case, the terror may have more to do with the fact that the UWaterloo architecture students have combined Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein with Franklin’s journey. You can catch this chilling (in more ways than one!) performance at the Cambridge Vineyard. 

4.  Olde . . . re-NU’d Exhibition All weekend, 9:00a.m. – 9:00p.m.

Ed Schleimer’s woodcut prints are on display at the Kitchener Berlin Tower ARTSPACE at Kitchener City Hall starting this weekend. According to the exhibition’s description, Schleimer’s show is a look at "the historic region through his interest in architecture, history, wood and structure." A peek at Schleimer’s website shows he does finely detailed woodcut prints in both black and white and colour, so head on over to Kitchener City Hall for a look.

Note: The Kitchener Berlin Tower ArtSpace is open to submissions from the public, so if you’ve got some great art, get in touch with them. Kitchener Berlin Tower ArtSpace: Ed Schleimer:

5. Steam Train Number 9 Excursion Monday Departs 12:00 p.m. sharp

End your long weekend with a special train trip on the Steam Engine Number 9 up to Elmira and back on the Waterloo Central Railway. The train departs from Waterloo Station, with the journey expected to last between 2 and 3 hours.  The Number 9 only runs a few times a year, so this is one train you’ll want to hop on. Boarding begins fifteen minutes before the train is scheduled to leave. All aboard!