2431 Dundas Street West Oakville
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Guest Speaker: Richard Jordan presents “Marilyn Bell and Marathon Swims Across Lake Ontario”.
In 1954 the Toronto Telegram and the CNE sponsored Florence Chadwick, a famous California marathon swimmer, to come to Toronto and attempt to be the first person to swim across Lake Ontario. She failed, but Marilyn Bell, an unknown Toronto teenager, entered the water at the same time as Chadwick and against all odds managed to complete the feat. Toronto was enthralled with the story of this plucky teen, but she wasn’t the last to conquer the cold waters of the lake. Kim Lumsdon, Cindy Nicholas and Vicki Keith are among the more than 60 others who have completed the swim. We’ll talk about the whole history of CNE marathon swims as well.
Richard Jordan is a former President of the Etobicoke Historical Society and a former Toronto Star local history columnist. His feature articles on historical subjects have also appeared in the Saturday Star and the Sunday Star.
In accordance with provincial requirements, the Town of Oakville is implementing a proof of vaccination program at town facilities. Starting September 22, the town’s program will require that anyone 12 years of age or older provide proof of identification and proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (or medical exemption) prior to entering or accessing any of indoor use of recreation and culture facilities, which includes the Palermo Schoolhouse,
Please join us for this free and socially distanced event! (Donations appreciated).