Volleyball, music, and COVID rules issues on Port Elgin Main Beach


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The calm and cool “Sexy Beaches” team defeated the smart and quick “Can You Dig It” team 21-18 and 21-17 and won the final of the volleyball championship championship on September 18 at the Social Athletics of Saugeen Shores ( SASS) season final tournament and concerts at Port Elgin Main Beach.

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The September 17-18 event was the first major outdoor gathering after the pandemic at Saugeen Shores with 350 people – all double vaccinated – and while everyone was having a good time, social distancing and masking were noisy at both evening concerts SASS President and Event Organizer Rob Fawcett.

He said masks are not required when people, sitting or standing, are eating or drinking with a group or at a table. “The problem is – who is in the group and how big could the group be?” Said Fawcett in a telephone interview on Sept. 19.
“So as the night went on, the groups of people got bigger and bigger, and as long as they had water in their hands they could get up,” said Fawcett.

Lion’s Head and Wiarton’s cousins, MacKenzy and Olivia Williamson, 17 and 14 respectively, opened a show for the Practically Hip tribute band on September 17th, which was billed as Concert in the Courts!

The next evening, young women stormed onto the stage when Lulus Roadhouse Band opened the show with “Oh, What a Night” – a band member remarked that it was the first time since New Year’s Eve 2019 that they were on stage.

At both concerts, around 20 to 30 people – some with blankets and lounge chairs – stood and sat in front of the tent entrance checkpoint – some said they were concerned about the lack of masks and social distancing.

Fawcett said it was “difficult” to convince some people to put on their masks when they went to the washrooms and the dining area because they were outside.

With sunny skies, warm temperatures and a light breeze, the volleyball action on September 17th and 18th was fast and intense.

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Fawcett said the competition finals were youth versus experience when Sexy Beaches crashed Can You Dig It? 21-18 and 21-17 to claim the competitive championship crown.

“Can you dig it? The team was young and fast, but the older Sexy Beaches (team) prevailed. It was great volleyball, a grinder – a long, hard-fought battle with big digs and a lot of hectic pace, ”said Fawcett.

Fawcett, who bought SASS this summer, said organizing the event was a learning experience – including the need for 24-hour security over the next year after volleyball nets and poles overnight May 17-28. September were torn on the volleyball courts.

Fawcett said many people and groups helped make the event a success – particularly the Port Elgin Rotary Club and the Port Elgin Scouts who hosted the barbecue.

Fawcett said he didn’t know how much, but the event was “making money” that he would donate to the Rotary club and Boy Scouts.

“Rileys and Bumps” (left) defeated “Balls Deep” from September 21 to 11 in a medium-difficulty beach volleyball tournament game on September 18 in Port Elgin Main Beach.
With snacks and warm blankets, Mia Perry (left) Ayden Fair, Emma Wallace and Avah Perry waited in front of the fenced-in concert area on Port Elgin Main Beach on September 18 for the Lulus Roadhouse Band to take the stage at the season end of the Saugeen Social Athletics Shores Volleyball tournament and concert. [Frances Learment]
With snacks and warm blankets, Mia Perry (left) Ayden Fair, Emma Wallace and Avah Perry waited in front of the fenced concert area at Port Elgin Main Beach on September 18 for the Lulus Roadhouse Band to take the stage at the season end of the Saugeen Social Athletics Shores Volleyball tournament and concert. [Frances Learment]
Port Elgin Rotarians, including Pier Donnini (left), Jeryn DeCoppel, Kevin, Jessica, and Sandra Carter, and Fiona Mulin, were among the 40 to 50 volunteers at the weekend volleyball tournament and the Social Athletics of Saugeen Shores concerts at Port Elgin Main Beach . [Frances Learment]
Port Elgin Rotarians, including Pier Donnini (left), Jeryn DeCoppel, Kevin, Jessica, and Sandra Carter, and Fiona Mulin, were among the 40 to 50 volunteers at the weekend volleyball tournament and the Social Athletics of Saugeen Shores concerts at Port Elgin Main Beach . [Frances Learment]
Praktischly Hip, a tragically hip tribute band, entertained a crowd of around 300 - some of them masked and socially distant - in Port Elgin Main Beach on September 18 as the Social Athletics of Saugeen Shores marked the end of the beach volleyball season with a tournament and celebrated two concerts.
Praktischly Hip, a tragically hip tribute band, entertained a crowd of around 300 – some of them masked and socially distant – in Port Elgin Main Beach on September 18 as the Social Athletics of Saugeen Shores marked the end of the beach volleyball season with a tournament and celebrated two concerts.
MacKenzy Williamson, 17, from Lion's Head and her cousin and songwriting partner Olivia Williamson, 14, from Wiarton opened the show on September 17th at the first of two licensed concerts by Social Athletics of Saugeen Shores in a tent on Port Elgin Main Beach. [Frances Learment]
MacKenzy Williamson, 17, from Lion’s Head and her cousin and songwriting partner Olivia Williamson, 14, from Wiarton opened the show on September 17th at the first of two licensed concerts by Social Athletics of Saugeen Shores in a tent on Port Elgin Main Beach. [Frances Learment]

Young women rushed forward on September 18 as Lulus Roadhouse Band opened with “Oh, What a Night” at a Social Athletics of Saugeen Shores concert in Port Elgin Main Beach. One band member noted that it was the first time since New Years Eve 2019 that they were on stage. [Frances Learment]

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