Lanark County

Behind the Red Door at Long Bay Farm

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 October 2015 23:37  |  Published in Lanark County
Visitors to the Red Door Studio Tour this past Thanksgiving weekend not only had a chance to get up close to a number of particularly friendly farm animals but also enjoyed perusing a wide variety of art and craft items made by the over 18 talented artisans showing their work there. One artist was Mary Lou Devine of Simply Devine Paverpol of North Gower, Ontario, a fabric artist who incorporates a relativelynew product called Paverpol in her unique fabric sculptures. Paverpol is a water-based, environmentally friendly polymer medium used to saturate fabric, giving it a hard and durable finish that enables the sculptures to survive long term both in and out of doors. The medium, which has been around for 15 years, was first discovered in the Netherlands by a group of sculptors who were making over-sized floats for a Mardi Gras style…

At home in Tay Valley: Book launch marks year of celebration

Written by  |  Thursday, 08 October 2015 08:41  |  Published in Lanark County
In 1816, the Perth Military Settlement was founded. The first settlements were established in the Town of Perth and vicinity, and in Bathurst and Burgess townships, two of the three townships that would eventually become Tay Valley Township. A few years later, in about 1820, settlement began in what became South Sherbrooke Township. In 1998, the three townships were amalgamated and became Bathurst, Burgess, and Sherbrooke, and was re-named Tay Valley Township in 2002, in recognition of the Tay River, the major watershed running through the township. With the 200th anniversary of the founding of both Tay Valley and Perth now just three months away, events are already starting to crop up to mark it. On September 19 at the EcoTay Education Centre, the results…

Art show finds a niche

Written by  |  Thursday, 08 October 2015 08:38  |  Published in Lanark County
The Red Door Studio on Long Bay is holding its first show over the Thanksgiving weekend. The studio is located off the Westport to Maberly road (#36), a location that straddles two successful, long standing studio tours. The Perth Autumn Studio Tour is based in nearby Brooke Valley, and the Westport Fall Colours Tour is centred in nearby Westport. Until this year the Red Door was a location on the Fall Colours tour, but for a couple of reasons Ingrid Bron, the owner of the property where the studio is located, wanted to start an independent show that still takes advantage of the crowds that attend both tours on Thanksgiving weekend each year. “For one thing we have always been at the edge of the…

Joint art show at MERA

Written by  |  Thursday, 08 October 2015 08:27  |  Published in Lanark County
Marg Stephenson and Jean Dunning, neither of whom have ever shown their art work officially in an art show setting, are holding their premiere joint art show at the MERA schoolhouse in McDonalds Corners. The show opened there on October 4. Their works, mostly watercolours but also pencil and pen and ink drawings along with other mixed media works, are perfectly matched since much of their subject matter is similar and their styles are complementary. Jean Dunning starting drawing and painting seriously in retirement, while Stephenson has been doing so since she was young. Both, however, have gotten more seriously into art making in their retirement years along with their third “amigo”, Judy Cross. Both artists often paint from photographs and Dunning prefers painting flora…

Final worship at Maberly United Church

Written by  |  Thursday, 01 October 2015 08:25  |  Published in Lanark County
On Sunday, September 27, Maberly United Church, founded in 1885, hosted their final worship to mark the official closing, and de-commissioning of the church in an open service with special music provided by Fiddlers and Friends. The congregation will now gather for their Sunday services at Sharbot Lake. During the hour-long ceremony Amanda Avery lit the Christ Candle and between hymns, prayers, and scripture readings, members of the congregation stood up, one by one, and recounted their favourite memories of Maberly United Church: Reverend Rock, from the rock (Newfoundland) led a Sunday service from this church on a rock; the excellent meals that were served after some services; the people who arrived late because they had earlier chores to do. Then there was the memory…

Fall colours nature walk - October 4

Written by  |  Thursday, 01 October 2015 08:12  |  Published in Lanark County
Bring a picnic lunch, bring your family and enjoy the sense of renewal that comes from the Annual Fall Colours Nature Walk to the top of Blueberry Mountain, hosted by the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust (MMLT). Nature seems to respond to our deep need for beauty. It’s as if the outer layer of green, relaxing, healing colours has been dropped to reveal what has always been there, but hidden from the naked eye. Take this opportunity to rejoice in the explosion of riotous colours that splendidly displays the beauty that no artist can match. During this Annual Nature Walk, owner Howard Clifford will draw on his rich professional background in mental health and child development. He will provide researched evidence and stories from his own…

Pigs, poultry, ponies and more at the 162nd annual McDonalds Corners Fair

Written by  |  Thursday, 01 October 2015 07:58  |  Published in Lanark County
There was a definite Charlotte's Web-ian feel at this year's fall fair in McDonalds Corners, which took place on a picture-perfect day on September 26. The old traditional-style fair, now in its 162nd year, continues to draw those looking for an agricultural based fall fair experience. This year's theme was pigs, and youngsters were thrilled to offer Piggy May, a very friendly five-year-old Vietnamese pot-bellied pig from Westwinds Ranch of Westport, a marshmallow treat. New at the fair this year were four newborn guinea pigs that arrived just that morning, plus pony rides, donkeys and various achievement categories for members of the the local 4H club. Also new in the main display hall were the added scarecrow and doll category entries. There were an amazing…

Lanark Fall Adopt-a-Road program cancelled for 2015

Written by  |  Thursday, 01 October 2015 07:46  |  Published in Lanark County
Due to concerns over the potential risks for volunteers encountering the noxious wild parsnip weed, Lanark County Public Works has decided to cancel the Adopt-a-Road pick-up this autumn. “This was a difficult decision,” said Terry McCann, public works director, “but this noxious weed poses several potential risks and we decided to ensure everyone’s safety by cancelling the fall program due for this year.” The Adopt-a-Road initiative began in 1999 and is designed to encourage volunteers to complete a spring and fall litter pick-up on a section of road of their choosing. Each section is about two kilometres in length. Dozens of groups have participated over the years with tonnes of litter collected each year and hundreds of hours of volunteer labour contributed. Wild parsnip is…

Festival of Small Halls in Maberly and McDonalds Corners

Written by  |  Thursday, 24 September 2015 08:04  |  Published in Lanark County
The Ontario Festival of small Halls made a big splash in McDonalds Corners and Maberly last weekend, and all the rest of the concerts scheduled for Lanark and Renfrew Counties this soming weekend are sold out, including one at the ABC Hall in Bolingbroke featuring Bealoch and Tichborne fiddle whiz Jessica Wedden. Taking its cue from similar events in Prince Edward Island and Australia, the organizers of City Folk in Ottawa sponsored a series of concert featuring nationally known roots musicians in some of the unique local halls in Eastern Ontario. In each case the major acts were paired with some of the best local musicians around. On Saturday night (September 19) at the McDonalds Corners Agricultural Hall the Long Sault Trio (Linda Grenier –…

Festival of Small Halls

Written by  |  Wednesday, 16 September 2015 18:41  |  Published in Lanark County
Every small community has one: a treasured building that brings people together for town meetings, yoga classes, bingo games, local theatre, white elephant sales - and the list goes on. The Ontario Festival of Small Halls is about sharing a love of music in a beloved place. Brought to you by the Team Behind Bluesfest, the Festival of Small Halls brings exceptional Canadian musicians to small venues across Eastern Ontario. These buildings have rich cultural histories and countless stories to tell. No two are alike. During the festival, communities across Eastern Ontario will throw open the doors of their small halls for an unforgettable night of music. Some of Canada’s best musicians will step off the big stage and hit the scenic back roads to…

Tay Valley Township 200th Anniversary

Written by  |  Wednesday, 16 September 2015 18:32  |  Published in Lanark County
Tay Valley Township will be celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the establishment of the original Perth Military Settlement in 2016. The first lot allocated to a settler under the Bathurst Proclamation in Edinburgh was on the Scotch Line in Tay Valley.Anniversary celebrations will be inaugurated by the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.The celebration will include the launch of At Home in Tay Valley (Burnstown Publishing House), which captures the voices, stories, images, circumstances, and events that have defined the lives of those who have called Tay Valley home―from members of the Algonquin First Nations who helped the early settlers survive and adapt to a new land, to the “back-to the-landers” of the 1970s who sought a more wholesome way of life. A community effort involving more than 60 contributors including dozens of writers, interviewers, artists and photographers…

High flying art at the Sundance Artisan Show

Written by  |  Wednesday, 09 September 2015 23:59  |  Published in Lanark County
This year’s Sundance Artisan show in Maberly offered up an impressive lineup of the creations of local and not so local artists and artisans. Organized for the first time this year by the new owners of the Fall River Restaurant, Therese Steenberghe and Jeroen Kerrebijn, with the help of canoe maker Brent Kirkham, and photographer Paul Shuster, the show attracted close to 4000 guests over the three-day holiday weekend. Among the impressive art work was the figurative art of Mary Lynn Baker of Addison, Ontario. Baker is a long ago graduate of the Ontario College of Art and design and she has been making her unique brand of high-flying fantasy figures both in the form of aerial papier-mâché sculptures and paintings for decades now. Much…

Fun at the Maberly Fair

Written by  |  Thursday, 03 September 2015 10:28  |  Published in Lanark County
Furry, four footed, four wheeled, and 4H are just some of the family-friendly words that brought plenty of smiles and loads of laughter to the participants and guests at one of the oldest old-fashioned fairs in these parts. With this year's theme of sheep and goats, there was no shortage of four-footed animals to behold with numerous riders, and junior and senior 4H Club members competing in a number of animal classes that included the horse show, as well as calf, sheep, swine, poultry, fowl and rabbits classes. Not to be missed were the horse and pony pulls and new this year was a special rabbit agility demonstration put on by members of the 4H rabbit club of Lanark under the direction of Bev Sevard,…

21st annual Silver Lake Pow Wow

Written by  |  Thursday, 03 September 2015 10:25  |  Published in Lanark County
One of the reasons that the annual Silver Lake Pow Wow continues to attract participants and visitors from near and far year after year is the fact that guests are invited to take part in many of the events. The traditional non-competitive Pow Wow took place this year on August 29 & 30 and when I visited on Saturday, guests were participating in a feather pick up dance where anyone is invited to flex and stretch themselves to the limit as they try to pick up a turkey feather, with only their feet touching the ground and using only their mouth. Located on the picturesque shores of Silver Lake near Maberly, the traditional Pow Wow event receives no funding from the government and was started…

Parsimonious Mats in McDonalds Corners

Written by  |  Wednesday, 26 August 2015 22:11  |  Published in Lanark County
On Saturdays in September during the Farmers Market, the MERA School House in McDonalds Corners will present “Falling for Colour: A Celebration in Fibre!”, an exhibit and sale of Parsimonious Mats and Primitive Hand-hooked Rugs created by fibre artists Donna Sproule of Perth and Judy Bedell of Ottawa. On Saturday, September 5, the artists will be on site at the Farmers Market demonstrating primitive rug hooking and everyone is invited to meet them. The McDonalds Corners Farmers Market is open Saturdays 9am-1pm, offering fresh local produce, where friends meet at the Market Café for fair trade coffee, and to sample tasty treats from the vendors. Pizza is served from the outdoor wood-fired oven. Come join us! To see more of Donna and Judy’s work, visit…

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