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For me, the end of summer is heralded by two specific events: the return of cool evenings and the last concert in our Mount Royal Celebrates series.

The pleasure that many of us experienced at the shows and concerts of the series was among the high points of a summer that can only be described as magnificent from several points of view. Like hundreds of you, I found myself transported by the beat of world music at Connaught Park and other venues during the most beautiful July and August evenings. And with its rich Arab influences, the final concert by the Sokoun Trio was something special, wasn’t it?

I want to tip my hat to the staff of our Recreation Department.  This summer, once again, through the quality of their programming, our team rose to the challenge of making Mount Royal Celebrates a resounding success. And the same team delighted us with an outstanding Summerfest in June.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves: Mount Royal Celebrates isn’t over quite yet. While the concerts may be history, we still have the opportunity to enjoy a movie under the stars this Thursday with the outdoor screening of the film Pirates of the Caribbean – On Stranger Tides at Recreation Centre Park.

As I write this column, I’m admiring the rays of the morning sun filtering through the tree branches. The same sun that, for you and me alike, has generously bathed the entire season in light and warmth and allowed us to take full advantage of our town’s many green spaces. What more can we ask for than bright sunshine when our young players are so keen to head out onto our soccer fields? All summer long I’ve encountered happy faces and seen example after example of wholesome camaraderie, all of which tell me that, just like our outdoor shows, the summer soccer season has been a genuine success. Not that we should be surprised: this was the logical follow-up to a springtime that attracted more than 1,000 players to our new artificial turf fields.

And while drawing up this list of the summer’s successes, I would be negligent to omit the activities of the municipal pool. I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that everyone who used the facility had a great time – the photos on our Facebook page make that much clear! Ditto for the day camps and their impressive array of activities. And ditto for tennis players and lawn bowlers, who also took advantage of the superb weather to enjoy their sport to the fullest.

To all the parent volunteers who, directly and indirectly, helped ensure the smooth running of the summer activities for our young people, thank you! Whether for soccer or other sports and activities, your involvement makes all the difference.

But here I am, writing you as though the summer is entirely behind us. Fortunately, that’s not the case, and I’m looking forward to a few more weeks filled with the same joy that we’ve collectively experienced since June.

Soon, the planned renovations to the Reginald J. P. Dawson Library will begin, improving its services and ensuring its longevity as one of our community’s main cultural centres. Before the year is out, the details of the programming for our centennial celebrations will be announced, details that many volunteers are enthusiastically finalizing even as I write this. In short, even as a truly exceptional summer draws to a close, there is no reason to regret the passing of the warm weather. Although fall and winter are, to a greater or lesser degree, just around the corner, the promise of beautiful days under Mount Royal’s skies will continue, beginning with the holding of Multicultural Fair on September 24, always one of the autumn’s most enjoyable events. I’ll see you there!

Philippe Roy

Mayor

90 Roosevelt Avenue

Mont-Royal H3R 1Z5