Lanark County

Meeting the community at a contra dance

Written by  |  Thursday, 16 February 2012 05:10  |  Published in Lanark County
Photo: Contra Dance Caller Emily Addison of Ottawa with Sheesham and Lotus at the Maberly Hall on Feb. 11 Emily Addison of Ottawa tested out her calling for calling at the first Quarterly Contra dance of 2012, which was held at the Maberly hall on Feb. 11. The Maberly Contra's house band, Sheesham and Lotus, played their usual magic as dancers twirled across the wooden floor boards, heating up the hall to the point where one could see billowing condensation escaping through the hall's open front doors. As usual a beginner's lesson started off the evening and newbies were taught all of the necessary moves for each dance prior to the dance's formal start at 8 pm. There's no better way to introduce yourself into the…

Top Lanark County Award to Gord Patterson

Written by  |  Thursday, 01 December 2011 07:06  |  Published in Lanark County
“People in Lanark County have a way of doing things behind your back,” said Gordon Patterson about the fact that no one had told him he was nominated for the 2011 Lanark County Award of Excellence. He found out about a week and a half ago that he was going to receive the award in recognition of a lifetime of volunteer work with farm groups and a 16-year stint as a municipal politician. Gord Patterson has lived on the farm his whole life. He bought a farm next to the family farm where he was raised when he was still a young man, and he took over the family farm as well when his parents couldn’t run it any more. His property is located on…

Stab-bound bookmaking workshop at MERA

Written by  |  Thursday, 24 November 2011 07:06  |  Published in Lanark County
Photo: Niki Mulder (right) assists Margaret Bruce of Richmond at MERA Despite the murderous name of the workshop, no violence was done on November 19, except to sheets of paper, when artist, teacher and soon to be second-time mom, Niki Mulder of Pine Hill, Quėbec, presented a workshop on stab book binding at the MERA schoolhouse in McDonalds Corners. In the workshop Mulder demonstrated how to create three different functional stab-bound sketch books. The first used a two-holed stab pattern; the second, a five-holed pattern and the last, a more complex hemp leaf stab binding. To start, each student was given 10 sheets of 18 x 24 sketch paper, which were each then cut into four equal sheets to create the pages for each of the…

Beryl Stott’s incredible journey

Written by  |  Thursday, 17 November 2011 07:06  |  Published in Lanark County
Photo left: Beryl Stott in Maberly. Below: Beryl on the road in 1983. Unknown to many is the incredible story of long- time Elphin resident Beryl Stott, who in 1983 at the age of 37 made it into the Guinness Book of World Records when she completed a 6867.6 km, seven-month long run across Canada. On November 8 at the Maberly Hall, Beryl spoke to members of the Bethel Women’s Institute and guests about her record-breaking achievement, which she said she undertook simply “to set a world record”. At the time Beryl was a follower of Sri Chinmoy, an Indian spiritual teacher, who taught her the practice of transcendental meditation, a philosophy based on meditation and transcendence of the self and world. Beryl was given…

Beryl Stott: Guinness record holding runner

Written by  |  Thursday, 03 November 2011 08:05  |  Published in Lanark County
Ever since Beryl Stott moved to the Elphin/McDonalds Corners area in the mid-1990s she has been involved in local historical and other activities, and from time to time she has participated in public events. Most recently she made presentations to local councils about ATV trails. All the while she has kept rather quiet about some history she made for herself in the early 1980s, a time in her life when she was a runner. In 1983 Beryl, who was a follower of Sri Chinmoy and was running as Kanchan Stott, completed a 6867.6 km run across Canada. “This was only three years after Terry Fox's run,” Beryl recalls, “and I was the first woman to make such a run.” She averaged 33 kilometres a day…

Fieldwork: New Canadians work with local artists

Written by  |  Thursday, 15 September 2011 08:03  |  Published in Lanark County
Photo: Artist Karina Bergmans' new installation at feildwork An assortment of local and new immigrant artists to Canada originating from four of the five continents gathered in the fall fields just east of Maberly at the site of fieldwork, the outdoor art installation art site begun by a four-member collective, Chris Osler, Chris Grosset, Erin Robertson, and Susie Osler in 2008. Two back to back special events took place simultaneously on September 11. The first was a workshop titled “Rooting Through Creation” where the fieldwork collective in partnership with the Coalition of New Canadians for Arts and Culture (CNCAC) worked on a sculpture making project whose aim was to encourage creativity, networking and to facilitate a dialogue for new artists adapting to a new life…

New artists in the woods at Sundance Tour

Written by  |  Thursday, 08 September 2011 08:02  |  Published in Lanark County
Photo: folk artist Penny Gorman with one of her dioramas at the Sundance Studio Tour The Sundance Studio Tour has been taking place at the home of Cam and Carmen Allen near Maberly and has been attracting accomplished artists from near and far in a variety of mediums since it began five years ago. This year’s tour was no exception and new to the line up was folk artist Penny Gorman of Lansdowne, ON. Gorman who has been working as an artist for 15 years creates works solely from antique architectural salvage. She works out of Ballycanoe and Company, an antique architectural salvage store where she was employed for years. She came to art making almost by accident. “We had been sending materials that could…

17th annual Silver Lake Pow Wow

Written by  |  Thursday, 01 September 2011 08:02  |  Published in Lanark County
Photo: The Nelson family dancers (with Riley Brooks), l-r, Nakita, Tammy, Riley Brooks, Bernard (head male dancer), Shemia, and Keesha, (head female dancer). On August 27 and 28, close to 1000 people gathered at the shores of Silver Lake for the 17th annual community Pow Wow, which is put on jointly by members of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities in the area. Traditionally held to trade the four sacred medicines- cedar, sage, sweet grass and tobacco, as well as to carry on commerce and match making, Pow Wows are now held primarily as a way for Aboriginal friends and family to meet. The event attracted members from the Shabot Obaadjiwan and Ardoch Algonquin First Nations, members of the Akwesasne Reserve, and many others too numerous to mention.…

Maberly Fair – lots of horses and politicians

Written by  |  Thursday, 01 September 2011 08:02  |  Published in Lanark County
The “Everything Maple” theme sparked a number of well-executed woodsy floats in the parade at the start of the 129th Maberly Fair, and the Patterson family float took top honours this year. The opening ceremonies, on a brilliantly sunny warm August morning, featured more than the usual number of speakers. In addition to the local councilors, the Tay Valley Township reeve and Lanark County warden, the presidents of the Lanark County Federation of Agriculture and Cattlemen’s Association also brought greetings. Then came three candidates in the upcoming provincial election, Nancy Matte from the Green Party, sitting MPP Randy Hiller from the Conservative Party, and Liberal Party candidate Bill MacDonald. “Any one else?” asked the MC when all the speakers were done, as a modest crowd…

Maberly Fair 2011

Written by  |  Thursday, 25 August 2011 08:02  |  Published in Lanark County
Everything is Maple in Maberly this year The 129th version of the Maberly Fair, which takes place on Saturday, August 27, is devoted to something that was as common in the local region back when the first Maberly Fair took place in 1882: maple syrup and maple sugar. The fair is all about celebrating agricultural skills and skills and traditions, and about having a good time. Although the fair gets underway at 9 a.m. when the light horse show starts up, it will really swing into gear when the parade starts at the new fire hall at 10:30. Matt Ellerbeck (the snake guy) will have a show at 11:30 while the Carleton Community band plays and a host of other events get underway. Diagon Alley…

Sundance Studio Tour

Written by  |  Thursday, 25 August 2011 08:02  |  Published in Lanark County
Located on the outskirts of Maberly, just west of Perth are the enchanted gardens of Sundance Studio. Carmen Allen’s gardens have charmed thousands of guests for the past four years and we welcome you to stroll through the cedar trial, rest at one of the ponds and engage one of 20 artists who bring their creativity and originality from all over Ontario. As always our passion is care for our environment and enjoyment for our patrons. This year we welcome four new artists to our tour making this one of our largest gatherings of artists in our five-year history. Our theme has drawn Penny Gorman and her recycled dioramas, Jayne Ayre sculpts fantasy in clay, Wendo Van Essen natural fibres fit our theme and Mavis…

Algonquin Sharing Day in Maberly

Written by  |  Thursday, 30 June 2011 07:58  |  Published in Lanark County
Photos: Algonquin Sharing Day in Maberly A group of 30 gathered at the Maberly hall on June 25 for a day of Algonquin sharing organized by Dr. Lynn Gehl. The first event of its kind to be held in Maberly, the day included a number of panel discussions led by a roster of academic speakers on topics ranging from the Algonquin Land Claim and self government, the South March Highlands, education, identity, the Treaty at Niagara Wampum Belt Exchange and much, much more. The day also included a potluck feast and the event attracted all kinds of interested members of the community aboriginal and not from near and far. I arrived near the end of the day just in time for Dr. Gehl's talk on Wampum…

Kevin Callan, Outdoor Author, to Visit Lanark Village

Written by  |  Thursday, 21 April 2011 07:44  |  Published in Lanark County
The Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust Conservancy works with landowners wishing to protect their treasured bit of wilderness. Kevin Callan celebrates Ontario wilderness as a prolific author, an entertaining and informative speaker and an outdoor enthusiast who has been labelled the "Red Green” of the paddling and camping world. They are coming together in Lanark Village on Sunday, May 1st when the MMLTC and Nature Lover’s Bookshop will be hosting Kevin for an afternoon of laughter and enlightenment. Kevin Callan is a well-travelled canoe guide, averaging over a dozen wilderness trips a year, a popular speaker and leader in nature, canoeing, and photography workshops. He is the author of thirteen books, including the hugely popular Paddler’s Guide series and the best-selling The Happy Camper. His writing…

Blues & Boogie Woogie at MERA

Written by  |  Thursday, 31 March 2011 07:27  |  Published in Lanark County
Photo: Bob Hall, Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley at MERA For one night the MERA schoolhouse was transformed into an intimate 1930s jazz club thanks to the talents of three very fine musicians. The touring duo of Chris Whiteley and Diana Braithwaite, who have collaborated on three CDs to date and won numerous awards including the 2010 Songwriters of the Year, were joined by legendary British boogie woogie wonder Bob Hall on keyboards. Hall was a founding member of the band Savoy Brown and he joined the duo for an evening dedicated to the 1930s and '40s jazz from the Bluebird record label. Chris and Bob got the blues ball rolling with Big Maceo Merriweather's “Texas Stomp” with Hall showing that he’s still got what it…

Green Party gears up in Maberly

Written by  |  Thursday, 31 March 2011 07:27  |  Published in Lanark County
Photo: David Chernushenko in Maberly In anticipation of the upcoming election, Green Party members and supporters gathered at the Maberly Hall for a chili fundraiser/silent auction on March 19 and to hear David Chernushenko speak about the Ontario Energy debate. Chernushenko, former deputy leader of the Green Party of Canada and presently an elected member of the Ottawa City council who is also an, activist, author and film maker spoke on the topic of energy issues and choices. David traveled the world studying green energy efforts, which he turned into a film titled “Powerful: Energy for Everyone”. The film is one of two he has created through the Living Lightly, a project he began in 2007. Citing the current crisis in Japan, David said that,…
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