Selkirk Port D.O.G Days Market has something for everyone, and this year there’s a bonus for the young ones and for those who enjoy entertainment.
The Frontier College Reading Tent will feature an opening circle followed by a book read out loud for the kids – up to eight kids per session – along with a craft activity. When the approximate half-hour session is over, the kids get to choose a free book to take the book home.
Sandra Ross, the Community Coordinator for Frontier College, says she’s looking forward to the reading tent, which helps reduce what’s known as summer reading loss.
“The aim of each Reading Tent is to both inspire and nurture a love of reading. Kids often experience summer reading loss, a drop in literacy levels between school years, which can result in a tougher transition back to school in September,” Ross says.
“Reading aloud to children and engaging them in books year-round not only increases their success in the classroom but fosters a love of reading and an expansive imagination.”
The Reading Tent will follow health orders and practice social distancing and sanitizing.
The City is also excited to be welcoming back live entertainment that so many have come to enjoy year after year.
Ellie Longbottom, the city’s Culture Coordinator, said this component of the market was really missed last year.
“We were so happy to hear that with the loosening of restrictions we would be able to invite entertainers back to the market. After Morgan Grace entertained us last week it just brought this sense of normalcy and vibrance to the area,” Longbottom said.
Hailing from Sieg’s Corner is 19-year-old Cohen Sieg. A folk/pop singer-songwriter who will be performing on July 28th, Sieg is known for playing guitar but is also a talented multi-instrumentalist with bass, keyboard, saxophone, and percussion, to name a few, among the instruments in his repertoire.
“Cohen is no stranger to the Waterfront,” Longbottom said.
“Up next on August 4th is Mamai.”
Mamai is a group of young musicians aged 18 to 24 who started Winnipeg’s newest Ukrainian band amidst the pandemic.
“We’re still lining up entertainment for the 11th, 18th and 25th and will announce who they are in the coming weeks,” Longbottom said.
The Selkirk Port D.O.G Days Market runs each Wednesday until Aug. 25th from 10:00 am-2:00 pm at the Selkirk Waterfront.