Lanark County

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,…

Getting hooked at MERA

Written by  |  Thursday, 10 March 2011 06:26  |  Published in Lanark County
Photo: Rug hookers at MERA On a chilly, soggy winter day there is no cozier , craftier and more colourful place to be than the MERA school house and this last Saturday was no exception. Close to 15 veteran and beginner rug hookers, each armed with a 10” hoop, gathered in the weaving room at MERA where, surrounded by heaps of colourful recycled fabrics, they began to create their own interpretation of a night sky. Veteran rug Hooker and Perth resident Donna Sproule supplied both the hoops and fabric and shared her enthusiasm for the craft she has been practicing for the last nine years. Donna started rug hooking in Amherst, Nova Scotia and is best known for her east coast primitive rugs, rugs that portray…

An evening of voices and bells

Written by  |  Thursday, 26 November 2009 08:48  |  Published in Lanark County
If you are looking for a concert with a warm community atmosphere, why not try An Evening of Voices and Bells.  Each year, the Tay Valley Community Choir presents a Christmas concert creating this warmth with delightful music. The year promises to uphold that tradition.  Under the leadership of Ann McMahon, the choir will present an eclectic, upbeat, cheerful evening of song with special guest artists. The Tay Valley Community Choir is a group of strong singers who joyfully create beautiful music together. They have performed in many events around the area including The Stewart Park Festival, Festival of Good Cheer and opening for the Centennial Choir of Ottawa and Garnet Rogers, the iconic Maritime singer/songwriter. This year the choir is delighted to be reunited with…
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