Six things to do this week to welcome in autumn

Markham Fair Established in 1844, Markham Fair is one of the oldest fairs in the country. This year’s Markham Fair in a Flash, beginning Sept. 30, is a one-direction walk-through event, offering a taste of the fairs of yore, until the full version can return safely. The event features farm animals, agricultural displays, tractors, a static monster-truck display, farmer’s market, fair food and more. “Blindness”The first major production to appear at a local theatre since the pandemic began, “Blindness” is more light and sound installation than play. The story has been adapted from José Saramago’s dystopian 1995 novel about a blindness epidemic, and unfolds through the voice of a narrator while the audience sits socially distanced on the stage of the Princess of Wales Theatre. “Blindness” runs until Oct. 24.Harvest FestivalSpringridge Farm in Milton is helping to usher in the season with its annual harvest events, open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. An outdoor experience for active kids of all ages, Springridge Farm’s Fun Farm Yard includes a spider web climber, farm animals, antique tractors, straw play and tractor-drawn wagon rides. Visit springridgefarm.com for more information. Dine With EggsSearching for some autumn-inspired cuisine? Burnbrae Farms, in partnership with TasteToronto, has launched Dine With Eggs, with 30 participating restaurants, bakeries and cocktail bars offering a dish or drink crafted with eggs. The campaign is in support of the Children's Breakfast Club, and runs until Oct. 15. For more information, visit tastetoronto.com/dinewitheggs.Pumpkins After DarkAn award-winning Halloween event, Pumpkins After Dark is a scenic 2.5-kilometre driving tour in Milton, featuring thousands of hand-carved jack-o’-lanterns, pumpkin sculptures and live carving demonstrations. Open now, the event runs all the way to Nov. 7. Book your ticket at pumpkinsafterdark.com.Kensington Market Art FairKensington Market, already an artistic hub home to galleries, graffiti and fashion, is hosting an outdoor art fair on Sept. 26, from 12 – 6 p.m. at 77 Nassau St. The fair will feature artisans working in sculpture, painting, textile, photography and more.

Six things to do this week to welcome in autumn

Markham Fair

Established in 1844, Markham Fair is one of the oldest fairs in the country. This year’s Markham Fair in a Flash, beginning Sept. 30, is a one-direction walk-through event, offering a taste of the fairs of yore, until the full version can return safely. The event features farm animals, agricultural displays, tractors, a static monster-truck display, farmer’s market, fair food and more.

“Blindness”

The first major production to appear at a local theatre since the pandemic began, “Blindness” is more light and sound installation than play. The story has been adapted from José Saramago’s dystopian 1995 novel about a blindness epidemic, and unfolds through the voice of a narrator while the audience sits socially distanced on the stage of the Princess of Wales Theatre. “Blindness” runs until Oct. 24.

Harvest Festival

Springridge Farm in Milton is helping to usher in the season with its annual harvest events, open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. An outdoor experience for active kids of all ages, Springridge Farm’s Fun Farm Yard includes a spider web climber, farm animals, antique tractors, straw play and tractor-drawn wagon rides. Visit springridgefarm.com for more information.

Dine With Eggs

Searching for some autumn-inspired cuisine? Burnbrae Farms, in partnership with TasteToronto, has launched Dine With Eggs, with 30 participating restaurants, bakeries and cocktail bars offering a dish or drink crafted with eggs. The campaign is in support of the Children's Breakfast Club, and runs until Oct. 15. For more information, visit tastetoronto.com/dinewitheggs.

Pumpkins After Dark

An award-winning Halloween event, Pumpkins After Dark is a scenic 2.5-kilometre driving tour in Milton, featuring thousands of hand-carved jack-o’-lanterns, pumpkin sculptures and live carving demonstrations. Open now, the event runs all the way to Nov. 7. Book your ticket at pumpkinsafterdark.com.

Kensington Market Art Fair

Kensington Market, already an artistic hub home to galleries, graffiti and fashion, is hosting an outdoor art fair on Sept. 26, from 12 – 6 p.m. at 77 Nassau St. The fair will feature artisans working in sculpture, painting, textile, photography and more.

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Video shows group of people trying to enter Eaton Centre without masks after anti-vaccine rally

Toronto police have arrested and charged a man and a woman with assault in relation to an incident at the Eaton Centre following an anti-vaccine protest Saturday.Police say the two individuals were among a group of people who clashed with the mall’s security staff.In a video posted on social media by lawyer Caryma Sa’d, protesters can be seen trying to enter the mall without a mask, in violation of public health measures.Police said an Eaton Centre security guard was assaulted during the incident, adding that no protesters or mall staff were injured.“Crew officers from 51 and 52 division attended the incident,” Toronto police spokesperson Ed Parks told the Star, adding that police mounted units were on standby.Sa’d felt the police response was “in stark contrast to other forms of police action that we’ve seen in Toronto this summer, most notably with respect to encampments. I witnessed people assaulting police officers and security guards with seemingly little to no repercussions.”The incident took place after a planned anti-vaccine demonstration in Yonge-Dundas Square which saw known COVID-19 conspiracy theorist Christopher Saccoccia use statements to encourage people to “band together” and disobey masking laws, Sa’d said over the phone.“He made several statements where it’s clear that he was inciting people to band together in what he termed united non-compliance, to disobey mask mandates and vaccine mandates,” she said.Toronto police refused to comment on Saccoccia’s, or anyone else’s involvement, citing the ongoing nature of the investigation.Michael Leaf, 29, of Thornhill, and Vanessa Carvalho, 23, of Brampton, were each charged with one count of assault. They are scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 15.The Star reached out to Cadillac Fairview, owner of the Eaton Centre, for comment, and is awaiting a response.The City of Toronto held a number of mobile vaccine clinics at several malls on Saturday and Sunday, including at Eaton Centre, Sherway Gardens and Yorkdale Mall, among others.People could receive either first or second doses at these pop-up sites.With files from the Canadian Press.Akrit Michael is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Reach him via email: amichael@thestar.ca

Video shows group of people trying to enter Eaton Centre without masks after anti-vaccine rally

Toronto police have arrested and charged a man and a woman with assault in relation to an incident at the Eaton Centre following an anti-vaccine protest Saturday.

Police say the two individuals were among a group of people who clashed with the mall’s security staff.

In a video posted on social media by lawyer Caryma Sa’d, protesters can be seen trying to enter the mall without a mask, in violation of public health measures.

Police said an Eaton Centre security guard was assaulted during the incident, adding that no protesters or mall staff were injured.

“Crew officers from 51 and 52 division attended the incident,” Toronto police spokesperson Ed Parks told the Star, adding that police mounted units were on standby.

Sa’d felt the police response was “in stark contrast to other forms of police action that we’ve seen in Toronto this summer, most notably with respect to encampments. I witnessed people assaulting police officers and security guards with seemingly little to no repercussions.”

The incident took place after a planned anti-vaccine demonstration in Yonge-Dundas Square which saw known COVID-19 conspiracy theorist Christopher Saccoccia use statements to encourage people to “band together” and disobey masking laws, Sa’d said over the phone.

“He made several statements where it’s clear that he was inciting people to band together in what he termed united non-compliance, to disobey mask mandates and vaccine mandates,” she said.

Toronto police refused to comment on Saccoccia’s, or anyone else’s involvement, citing the ongoing nature of the investigation.

Michael Leaf, 29, of Thornhill, and Vanessa Carvalho, 23, of Brampton, were each charged with one count of assault. They are scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 15.

The Star reached out to Cadillac Fairview, owner of the Eaton Centre, for comment, and is awaiting a response.

The City of Toronto held a number of mobile vaccine clinics at several malls on Saturday and Sunday, including at Eaton Centre, Sherway Gardens and Yorkdale Mall, among others.

People could receive either first or second doses at these pop-up sites.

With files from the Canadian Press.

Akrit Michael is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Reach him via email: amichael@thestar.ca

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