Midnight Madness returns from the pandemic break
By Darren Lum
There is a certain type of madness coming to Haliburton that’s sure to be welcomed after a two-year hiatus because of the pandemic-related health measures.
Characterized as an inclusive street-party, (the previous to the pandemic) annual summer event, Midnight Madness will take over Highland Street and bring the sound of music, cash registers ringing to the tune of sales, aromas wafting from the of meat served for the famous Beef on a Bun and eyes and smiles will beam at the wonders of performer, Bex in Motion, who takes centre stage on the main street of town.
Organized by the Haliburton BIA and supported by local businesses such as the Haliburton County Echo, who was behind the origins of the event, Midnight Madness, this installment promises to wow people.
“The Downtown Haliburton BIA is very excited about the return of Midnight Madness! With an absence of events over the past few years, this year’s Midnight Madness promises to bring excitement and a buzz back to Haliburton Village. This family-friendly street party will have something for everyone and is a great opportunity to support our downtown economy,” BIA administrator Angelica Ingram wrote in an email. “This year’s Midnight Madness will include the return of [Bex in motion], as well as free banana splits, beef on a bun, live music [by Gord Kidd and Friends], face painting for kids and more! And of course the tradition wouldn’t be complete without amazing sidewalk sales throughout the downtown.”
Bex in Motion will be performing two to three shows throughout the evening.
She referenced her website for what audiences can expect: “Take a spin with Bex in Motion! A show that incorporates fire, comedy, acrobatics and mesmerizing hula hoop tricks. Spontaneous dance parties and outbreaks of fun and excitement for all ages! With her quirky, light-hearted attitude and ability to involve audience members – Bex puts on a show that is sure to move you!”
She added at night she will employ more LED lights and fire to her show, which is a return from 2019 when she performed here last.
The performer is very familiar with the Highlands.
“I grew up going to overnight camp at NorthLand B’nai Brith and would take my days off as a C.I.T at camp just north of Haliburton on Moose Lake. So, not only is Haliburton a beautiful town, but it also holds some amazing memories for me,” she wrote in an email. “Furthermore, the waterfront park is beautiful and the people are super friendly. When I perform street shows, my audience members really help to shape my show. Every time I have come up to perform in Haliburton I have such a great time, audiences are super engaged and this helps me in the creation of super fun shows,” she said.