Burritt’s Rapids Community Hall
When John French built a general store in the bustling hamlet of Burritt’s Rapids in 1855, he could not have imagined the crucial role this building would play in the life of his town.
In 1935, after changing hands many times, the building became the Burritt’s Rapids Community Hall. In 1986, with funds donated by local citizens and businesses, building materials provided by the production company that filmed Nicholas Cage’s Boy in Blue in Burritt’s Rapids, and with a roof installed by a volunteer group who proclaimed themselves “The Geriatric Builders,” an extension was added to the hall.
Today, nestled on an island between the Rideau Canal and the Rideau River, the historic building is indispensable to the community. It is where people gather to celebrate weddings, birthday parties, and anniversaries. It is where people came together during the 1998 ice storm, and where they continue to meet for community fundraisers, concerts, potlucks, exercise classes, seniors’ groups, rug-hooking groups, life-drawing classes, and more. What started as a simple general store has turned into the heart of a vibrant community and one of the main reasons people are proud to call Burritt’s Rapids home.
Jeremy Fisher will perform at the Burritts Rapids Community Hall on Sunday September 30th at 3PM. This show is sold out.
Community Event: The wildly-popular Crusty Bakers return as the purveyors of the post-concert dinner, served this year in the form of hot & cold bento boxes filled with savouries and sweets, enabling options for picnicking and take-out. A full vegetarian option is available. Tickets are $25 and must be booked in advance at andrea@habicurious.
23 Grenville Street, Burritt’s Rapids, Ontario.