Beware, be aware, be zombies!Thursday, October 24, 2013 by: SooToday.com Staff
ARTS COUNCIL OF
SAULT STE. MARIE
Beware, be aware, be zombies!
Arts Council of Sault Ste. Marie and District zombie warning
SAULT STE. MARIE - Watch out, on October 26, 2013, zombies will be lurching in the downtown streets during the Arts Council of Sault Ste. Marie and District’s 5th Annual Soo Zombie Walk.
Janna Goulay-Pond, who has been a part of the Zombie Walk as a make-up artist and coordinator from its inception, considers the Zombie Walk one of the year's highlights.
"Participating in the Soo Zombie Walk is one of the most fun, unique experiences in Sault Ste. Marie," she says. "You get to dress up, cover yourself in gruesome makeup and fake blood, and spend the day as a zombie. For people who grew up loving Halloween, it's a great experience with no age limit."
This year, the Arts Council of Sault Ste. Marie and District staff and volunteers are planning some extra spooky fun.
"We're including activities that have been successes in past years such as face painting by Perfectly Painted Faces and a Zombie Studio by Mark Primavera, but this year we're also going to have zombie games, food, music, and artisans there as well!" says Christine Campana, the Arts Council of Sault Ste. Marie and District's networking facilitator and this year's Zombie Walk coordinator.
The event will start at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre at 1 p.m.
Participants can register at this location and then participate in the pre-Zombie Walk activities, including limb tossing, eyeball carrying, and fishing for fingers, to name just a few.
At 6 p.m., the walk will commence.
Zombies will lurch from the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre along the Hub Trail to Clergue Park and then to the Bondar Pavilion, where the closing ceremonies will take place and awards will be given out.
These zombies, as usual, are not only looking for brains, but donations.
To participate, registrants aged 13 and over are asked to bring one canned good as well as $2 to be part of the activities and the walk, while supervised children aged 12 and under are expected to just bring a canned good.
"The Zombie Walk is to raise canned goods for the student food banks at Algoma University and Sault College, and also to raise donations for the Arts Council's programming," says Sandra Houston, executive director of the Arts Council of Sault Ste. Marie and District. "The Zombie Walk gives opportunities to many artists, and we'd like to keep having these types of events in years to come."
Opportunities for artists are only expanding this year, as not only are makeup artists involved, but so are chefs, artisans, and musicians.
Dirk Becker of Sykotyk Rampage has coordinated the music for this year's walk.
"We've had quite a few musicians interested in playing at the Zombie Walk," he says. "We've scheduled four bands during the day and two for the after party to make the walk even better than last year."
During the pre-walk festivities, James Watterworth, Greg Calhoun, Haggith, and Sykotyk Rampage will be performing, and after the walk Brian Cattapan and Aggressively Acoustic will be playing at Coch's Corner.
After the walk, participants aged 19 and over are invited to Coch's Corner starting at 9 p.m, and families are invited to the corn maze at Mockingbird Hill Farm where those who have registered for the Zombie Walk will receive $2 off entry to the maze.
"Farmer Bob has a maze in the shape of a brain, so it only made sense to connect it to the Zombie Walk," says Liz Cooke, one of the volunteer coordinators of this year's Zombie Walk.
Canned goods will also be collected at Mockingbird Hill Farm and Zombie Walk volunteers will be providing the opportunity to pre-register for the walk on the evening of October 25 at this location.
After the walk, our community is encouraged to check out the photographs featured on the Soo Zombie Walk website at soozombiewalk.com by Mark Primavera and on the CC Communications and Photography Facebook page where they can vote for their favourite zombies.
Representatives from both contests will also be at the event to take free photographs of Zombie Walk participants at their bloodiest.
To learn more about the 5th Annual Soo Zombie Walk, visit www.ssmarts.org, find the Soo Zombie Walk on Facebook, or contact the Arts Council of Sault Ste. Marie and District at 705-945-9756 or email@example.com.