Barrie remembers the May 31 Tornado in fundraiser event that includes a documentary, dessert and discussion.

Every year on May 31, Barrie residents’ eyes turn to the sky, hoping to see blue instead of the pea soup green of that date in 1985, when a tornado that still holds the record as Ontario’s worst killed eight as it ripped through their city.

Experience new images and stories shared by survivors and first responders who came together for the first time on the tornado’s 30th anniversary, at a screening of “The Barrie Tornado Remembered” documentary, Friday, May 31 at Grace United Church, 350 Grove St. E.

Many couldn’t get a ticket to the live event, but can now experience this compelling capture of the extraordinary evening. Admission includes dessert, tea, and coffee at intermission.

Following the film, join documentarian Judith Banville and some of the storytellers to discuss the healing and closure the anniversary event brought, with the opportunity to share your stories. “Whether you lived through it or are new to Barrie, come out to enjoy some delicious desserts and help raise funds towards this community-minded church’s parking lot reconstruction,” said Banville. “You’ll be captivated by the emotional stories and learn some surprising facts about this pivotal event in Barrie’s history, and be uplifted by the power of community and the human spirit.” To see clips from the documentary, visit Show & Tell Simcoe County’s Facebook page and click on Videos.

Advance tickets to $15 at Grace United Church, 350 Grove St. E. weekdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., or online at Call 705-790-6490 for more information. Doors open at 6:00 pm and the screening begins at 6:30.

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