by Noreen Young
It was a real pleasure to be part of the dedication of the Ron Caron Auditorium at the Almonte Old Town Hall on Friday evening, May 10th. No one is more deserving than “Super Volunteer” Ron Caron and about 200 people who packed the hall showed their enthusiastic agreement. After Ron’s many years of volunteer labour dedicated to lovingly restoring the old theatre into a state-of-the-art facility, it was time for the Town to say thanks by naming it in Ron’s honour.
The idea of naming the AOTH theatre after Ron was initiated by the Almonte Old Town Hall Advisory Committee headed up by Maureen Nevins. Mayor John Levi and Council voted to approve this and went even further by throwing a party in his honour and installing a plaque in tribute to all of Ron’s significant efforts.
At the party, Ron and his wife Terry (who deserves credit in her own right as his constant helper), were the centre of attention. Music was provided by The Fiddleheads – the Old Time fiddling group of which Ron is a member; puppets Miss Mills and Jacob Bluejay offered their congratulations; and speakers included Mayor Levi, Councillor Alex Gillis and Maureen Nevins. Ron himself spoke graciously and expressed his appreciation of this special honour. Food and drinks were supplied by Postino’s restaurant and served with the assistance of Foodies’ Julie and Jay.