Lanark County

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…

An enthusiastic crowd welcomes Mulcair to Perth

Written by  |  Wednesday, 12 August 2015 17:06  |  Published in Lanark County
Federal party leaders vying for Canada's top job in the upcoming October 2015 federal election are rarely known to make campaign stops in the hinterlands of eastern Ontario's federal ridings, but that was not the case for NDP leader, Thomas Mulcair, whose campaign bus arrived at the Crystal Place in Perth on Friday August 7. It was standing room only as close to 300 supporters packed the venue early Friday evening to greet Mulcair, who was introduced by Perth Mayor, John Fenik. Fenik, a former Liberal, recently crossed over to the federal NDP party and is now running as the federal NDP candidate in the new riding of Lanark Frontenac and Kingston. He introduced Mulcair as “the next prime minister of Canada” and the party…

Framework: Words on the Land.

Written by  |  Wednesday, 05 August 2015 21:46  |  Published in Lanark County
Fieldwork is excited to be partnering with the Ottawa International Writers Festival/Perth Chapter this summer to present a new event called Framework: Words on the Land - coming up on Sunday, August 23 at 3pm. This event will include readings and conversations with ten writers who will have just finished a weekend of writing on the land at Fieldwork. Participating writers will be Amanda West Lewis, Amanda Jernigan, Phil Hall, Michael Blouin, Matthew Holmes, Wayne Grady, Merilyn Simonds, Christine Pountney, Jeff Warren, Troy McClure For eight years Fieldwork has been broadcasting the seeds of creative endeavours at its location near Maberly. Expanding on its history of presenting three-dimensional visual art in locations around Fieldwork, a window into the imaginations of writers is being added to…

The Comedy of Errors

Written by  |  Thursday, 30 July 2015 00:00  |  Published in Lanark County
The lively cast of the Company of Fools’ production of William Shakespeare's “The Comedy of Errors” pose for a photo shoot after their stellar performance on July 22 at the MERA school house in McDonalds Corners. The cast delighted an all ages crowd that gathered for the outdoor performance, which tells the rollicking tale of two sets of twins who were accidentally separated at birth - two twin brothers and their twin servants, and their love interests. The misunderstandings, dilemmas and mounting confusion make for one entertaining piece of theatre. A wonder of words, sight gags and slapstick comedy, the play was brought to life thanks to the talented and energetic cast and crew along with eye-catching with colourful costumes, fabulous spongy wigs and topnotch…

New K&P Trail parking lot in Lavant Station

Written by  |  Wednesday, 22 July 2015 08:08  |  Published in Lanark County
Access to the K&P Trail in Lavant Station just got more convenient, thanks to a partnership between the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) and Hydro One. On July 20 partners from MVCA, Hydro One, Township of Lanark Highlands, Lanark County Municipal Trails Corporation (LCMTC), Ottawa Valley ATV Club (OVATVC) and the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) gathered in Lavant Station at the site of a new parking lot at the K&P Trail entrance on South Lavant Road. “It has been our goal to serve the interests of both recreational and non-recreational trail users, to educate the public and increase awareness and appreciation for nature. By providing better and safer access to this important link, we are achieving that goal,” said Paul Lehman, MVCA General…

World music packs a punch at MERA

Written by  |  Wednesday, 01 July 2015 15:33  |  Published in Lanark County
Lovers of world music were treated to two special concerts that brought the sounds of far-off places to this neck of the woods. The first concert took place on June 28 at the MERA schoolhouse in McDonalds Corners, where flamenco guitarist Jorge Miguel surprised guests and appeared with stellar flamenco singer, Fernando Gallego, in tow. The two performed two generous sets of top-notch, straight from the heart music and those unfamiliar with the power of authentic flamenco were hit hard with the intensity of emotion that it is. Miguel, who has studied with the best flamenco guitarists in Spain, de-mystified the genre for guests. He explained that the music goes back to the Druids of 3000 years ago, and is a style similar to American…

MERA Arts Festival

Written by  |  Wednesday, 10 June 2015 23:59  |  Published in Lanark County
McDonalds Corners/Elphin Recreation and Arts (MERA) will host its first multi-disciplinary arts festival on Sat. June 13, 10am-dusk at the MERA Schoolhouse. Except for a build-your-own-ukulele workshop that requires a fee & registration, the festival is completely free. The activities will include a number of workshops and demonstrations by various arts groups, including the MERA Heritage Weavers, the MERA Pottery group, the fine arts “Arts Circle”and many others. plus activities for children. There will be a puppet-making workshop given by Montreal’s Flying Box Theatre. They make a variety of styles of puppets, tailoring their workshops to each audience, and are looking forward to teaching puppetmaking to young and old alike. They will also present a free performance of “Hans Dudeldee and Other Forgotten Fairy Tales”…

Piano Magic at MERA

Written by  |  Thursday, 28 May 2015 14:07  |  Published in Lanark County
As the second of this summer's Blue Jeans Classical music series, MERA is presented the master pianist, Michel Szezesniak on Sunday, June 7th at 2:00 PM at the MERA Schoolhouse in McDonald's Corners.  Many music lovers will recall his memorable performance at MERA as part of the Woodwinds and Piano recital in November, 2014. Entitled "Fascinating Miniatures", the concert will feature piano gems by Beethoven, Scriabin, Gershwin, Satie and compositions by the pianist himself.  The common thread will be that all of the composers of these charming piano pieces are themselves pianists.  Along with playing these pieces, Michel will use his considerable wit and wisdom to entertain the audience about the music and the composers. Michel moved to Canada from the United States in 1983,…

Fall River Restaurant's new EV charging station

Written by  |  Wednesday, 20 May 2015 16:17  |  Published in Lanark County
FallThanks to the efforts of Sun Country Highway, a Canadian-owned company that is a leader in the electric vehicle movement; a generous donor from Ottawa; and the owners of the Fall River Restaurant in Maberly, electric car owners traveling between Ottawa and Peterborough on Highway 7 will be able to charge up their vehicles at a new EV charging station, which was officially unveiled at the Fall River Restaurant on May 16. Peter Manson of Ottawa originally won the unit in Sun Country Highway's annual Amazing Race, an electric car rally that is held across the country, in which participants can win a number of prizes by collecting points at charging stations en route. Manson and his wife, who own a Tesla Model S, drove…

Brooke Valley School thanks the community

Written by  |  Wednesday, 20 May 2015 16:00  |  Published in Lanark County
Friends, family of students and staff at the Brooke Valley School attended the school’s annual fundraiser/community thank-you event at the community hall in Maberly on May 16. The event included loads of top notch live entertainment, a book sale, a silent auction and a delicious Indian dinner made with local produce. The over 50 guests who attended were invited to make a pay-what-you- can donation to the school. The evening opened with a play put on by the Brooke Valley School students titled “How You Fill The Bucket”. Musical guests who performed included well-known duo Trxstr (Jerrard and Diana Smith), and DJ Driftwood.

New art installations spark off Fieldwork's 8th year

Written by  |  Thursday, 14 May 2015 02:14  |  Published in Lanark County
There is no better sign of the arrival of fair weather than the opening of Fieldwork, Maberly's outdoor art & sculpture gallery, with its new installations for the 2015 season. On May 9 over 100 guests attended the opening for the four (soon to be five) new installations. The artists each spoke about their works, which cover a wide range of topics. Master print maker Franc Van Oort's “Eye Box” shows what a truly renaissance man he is. Van Oort built a huge camera obscura, a centuries-old optical device that led to photography and the photographic camera. It is also used by artists to observe the rules of perspective in drawing and painting. The huge box can easily house 10 people, though a maximum or…

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