Rathnelly day 2017
Date: SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2017
Time: 8:45AM to 11:45PM
Single tickets are $20 and Family tickets (3 or more in a household) are $60. Purchase your tickets before May 15th and be entered into the Early Bird Draw!
Still in touch with a former “Republican”? Invite them to return to the ‘hood to join the fun! Special 'Alumni' tickets are available online for those returning to celebrate this milestone with old neighbours and friends.
Check out the Raffle and Silent Auction items you can bid on! We will once again be raising money to fund this special day through a Raffle and Silent Auction. You can buy raffle tickets and bid on silent auction items on the big day. The full listing of silent auction items can be found here - with huge thanks to the list of donors here.
Keep scrolling for all the details of this year's big day...
2017 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Download a handy printable version of the day's events here.
8:45am - OPENING PARADE
Gather at Hardy’s Corner (Rathnelly & McMaster) dressed in your theme inspired attire. Join our Parade Leader for a rousing tour around the neighbourhood. All manner of noise makers welcome!
9:00am - BREAKFAST AT PUMP PARK
Head into the Pump Park for a remarkable feast, complete with themed festive breakfast fair! Tickets available at the gate, if you haven’t pre-purchased.
Help keep the Republic green – bring your own plates, cups and cutlery to breakfast!
9:45am - KIDS CRAFTS
Immediately following breakfast, innovative crafts keep little hands busy and minds entertained while parents visit.
10:15am - KIDS PHOTO
We will commemorate this special event with a group photo – so don’t let your little one leave until they’ve hollered “CHEESE”!
10:30am - KIDS GAMES
Come out to participate or spectate (both equally rewarding) as our kids compete in various events. No child is too young or too old and the FINALE is always a delight to watch!
11:15am - KIDS ART PROJECT
The spirit of community is alive and well in the Republic. The art teachers from Mabin School will be coordinating a community art project to be installed in the Pump Park. Kids of all ages can join the fun!
Please note that due to ongoing construction in the Pump Park, the Kids Games will take place on the grass behind Hardy’s Corner this year. The Kids Art Project will also be happening in that same area.
12:00pm - LUNCH
Each to their own...homes that is!
1:30pm - SCAVENGER HUNT
Stop by Hardy’s Corner to participate in a great scavenger hunt adventure. Participants will be grouped into teams – all ages welcome!
3:00pm - HISTORIC WALKING TOUR
Meet at Hardy’s Corners for a “whirl-wind tour of the Republic" – uncovering the unique history and discovering exciting details of famous neighbours and events in the hood.
Tables will be available at Hardy’s Corner all afternoon and can be set up any me after 4pm.
5:00pm - KIDS DINNER
A favourite part of every kid’s day...dinner. We’ll have kid friendly favourites on offer for our junior Rathnelly residents.
5:30pm - KIDS ENTERTAINMENT
Behind the Rock at Hardy’s Corner, the children will be fully entertained and cared for.
ADULT COCKTAILS & CONTESTS
The adults can enjoy some “kid-free” time to mingle with neighbours, taste local fare and cocktails created in the spirit of competition! Bring along an appetizer for sharing and if you like, an entry to the Best Cocktail and Best Gelatin Mold contests. Judging will get underway at 6pm.
RAFFLE & SILENT AUCTION
Last chance to buy extra raffle tickets. Winning tickets will be announced at 7pm. Plus back by popular demand – the Rathnelly Day Silent Auction. Bid on some great prizes and support the Republic. Winning bids are announced after dinner!
7:30pm - DINNER
Head to your table for a personally prepared meal. Remember table décor is judged and creativity is applauded!
New to the Republic and need a host for dinner? No problem! Knock on your neighbours door and introduce yourself. Provided they are at- tending, they’ll likely be happy to have you join them at their table. Just be prepared to bring along a contribution to the evening’s meal.
9:00pm - DANCING
Join your neighbours for dancing and fun in the streets at Hardy’s Corner. ALL AGES PARTICIPATE.
11:30pm - CLEAN UP
Don't forget to return your table to Hardy's Corner, remove all chairs from the streets and pick up any garbage you might come across on your way home.
12:00am - ALL QUIET
We must shut down all music by midnight!
Every other year in June we gather to celebrate the history of Rathnelly Republic with the best neighbourhood street party in Toronto. The first Rathnelly Day was held in 1967 in honour of Canada's centennial as described by Joy Tidy's 1985 RARA's Brief and Spotty History. The all-day all-family event is not to be missed. The next Rathnelly day will take place in June 2017. Watch this page for opportunities to volunteer as well as details on the theme and activities for the day.
Have some good photos of recent Rathnelly Day's? Email them here.