Lanark County

Music at MERA

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 February 2018 10:53  |  Published in Lanark County
On Sunday, March 11 at 2:00 pm the Clan Hannigan is performing at MERA. This is an intergenerational family band based out of Baltimore Ontario that takes traditional Irish music and blends it with elements of Jazz, Pop, and other folk traditions, to create a unique high energy sonic soundscape. Steafan Hannigan and Saskia Tomkins have been mainstays on the traditional Irish and world music scenes for the last thirty plus years working with acts like. Uriah Heep, Loreena McKennitt, Olivier Schroer, Julian Lloyd Weber, Bjork, Depeche Mode, Martin Carthy, Sin É, LinnTilla, The Afro Celt Sound System, The Chieftains and countless others. Since they moved to Canada in 2007 they have started collaborating with their three children Oisin, Eile & Ayisha and thus Clan…

Snowmobile club raises funds for prostrate cancer fight

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 February 2018 11:09  |  Published in Lanark County
The 4th annual Telus Ride For Dad raised about $8,000 for the fight against prostrate cancer Saturday at the Snow Road Snowmobile. Awhile back, organizer Brandon Crain heard about a motorcycle Ride For Dad on the radio. “I don’t have any personal connection to the fight against prostrate cancer, I just thought it would be a good thing to do,” he said. “It’s just a good reason to get out and ride.” “He sucked me into it,” said co-organizer Shelby Knight. The ride itself ran from the clubhouse, up to Wilbur, across to Dalhousie Lake, around through McDonalds Corners and back to the clubhouse for lunch. “We were going to go to Lanark but there just isn’t enough snow on that part of the trail…

Through Our Eyes – An Art Show at MERA

Written by  |  Wednesday, 07 February 2018 13:09  |  Published in Lanark County
Highland artists Greta Mcdonald, Deb Shea and Molly Forsythe join together to reflect the world as they see it in this exhibit running at the Dean Hall in MERA during the month of March. Vernissage to take place March 10th from 1-4 p.m at MERA, 974 Concession 9A in McDonald’s Corners. The show will be on display until the end of the month. Greta Mcdonald is known for her paintings which depict birds and animals in colourful surroundings injected with elements of fantasy and bright patterns. Deb Shea paints from a place of serenity in landscapes from around Lanark Highlands and other environments while reflecting her emotional connection to the piece executed. Molly Forsythe follows the true folk artist heart in her reflections of life…

Hillier accused of harassment as PC party upheaval roils on

Written by  |  Wednesday, 31 January 2018 13:20  |  Published in Lanark County
Allegations of sexual harassment against former Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown, and of sexual assault against Brown’s friend, former party President Rick Dykstra exposed a wide rift in the party over the last few days. That rift separates the old guard in the party, including most of its sitting MPP’s, and the younger, more urban membership, many of whom were recruited by and allied with Brown and the team he assembled in a bid to win power over the Liberal Party under Kathleen Wynne. One of the starkest representations of that rift came from allegations of physical intimidation against Lanark Frontenac Lennox and Addington MPP Randy Hillier that stems from an incident that took place in Ottawa back in March of 2016. Under new electoral…

Nature Quiz Night to support Byrne Big Creek Campaign

Written by  |  Wednesday, 24 January 2018 10:54  |  Published in Lanark County
On January 30, Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust is hosting a fun Nature Quiz Night at the Golden Arrow Pub, 71 Foster Street in Perth.   This fun evening is a part of the current campaign to raise the funds needed for the stewardship of the 100-acre Byrne Big Creek Nature Preserve located near McDonald’s Corners. This ecologically significant property was bequeathed to the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust by Joel Byrne, a true nature lover who, through this act of giving, fulfils his dream of protecting forever this special place.   Come to socialize with friends, tell stories about Joel and test your general knowledge of nature trivia. The Quiz Night starts at 7:00pm and there will be a cover charge of $10 that will go…

The Blue Skies Community Fiddle Orchestra

Written by  |  Wednesday, 20 December 2017 14:37  |  Published in Lanark County
You’re in for a real treat on Sunday Jan 7, 2018 “The Blue Skies Community Fiddle Orchestra” directed by Cindy McCall is an all ages group of 40+ fiddlers, with guitar, percussion, piano & penny Whistle, viola, bass, cello, and flute accompaniment. They will perform some of their recently perfected delightful repertoire. This enthusiastic bunch hails from the rural areas close by and rehearses on Saturday and Wednesday at the Maberly Hall. Their fiddle music is sure to get your toes tapping and the fun they are having is contagious. The Lanark Fiddlers Guild directed by Cindy McCall will perform a selection of Celtic and Christmas tunes. Their arrangements will make the old Wooden hall ring with splendor. “The Unspoken Rests” a youth segment of…

MERA Hosts The Tritones

Written by  |  Wednesday, 29 November 2017 12:07  |  Published in Lanark County
OnSunday, December 3rd at 2:00 PM, the fine local band, The Tritones, will be presenting a concert at the MERA Schoolhouse in McDonalds Corners. The Tritones is an original Jazz, Funk Jam Band. Playing the compositions of guitarist Franc van Oort, as well as standards from many different genres, their sound takes a refreshing new direction, celebrating the roots of American music while venturing into uncharted territory. It is sensitive, yet with an edge — adding elements of Latin, Blues and Rock. The Tritones are made up of three very talented local musicians, who got together a number of years ago, and play at a range of local venues. Frank van Oort plays lead guitar and contributes his own compositions. He moved to the Perth…

Annual Guatemala Stove Project Fundraising Dance

Written by  |  Wednesday, 15 November 2017 10:08  |  Published in Lanark County
Come on out and dance for a great cause! On Friday, November 17, the Guatemala Stove Project is hosting a fundraising dance featuring the talented local band, Under the Covers. This band will have you up on your feet and dancing all night. This annual fundraiser will feature a silent auction of unique items crafted by local artisans or donated by local businesses. The Guatemala Stove Project, a volunteer-based organization is continuing its efforts to raise funds for the construction of masonry cook stoves for impoverished, rural Mayan families. Over 6,400 stoves have been built so far, creating a lasting legacy for rural families in the western highlands of Guatemala. Consider that a single stove extends the lives of each family member in a household…

MERA’s Annual Christmas Fair November 18th

Written by  |  Wednesday, 15 November 2017 10:06  |  Published in Lanark County
The 15th Annual MERA Christmas Fair is the perfect place to shop locally, support local artists and artisans and to support Community Arts at MERA (McDonalds Corners/Elphin Recreation and Arts) which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. This event is a major fundraiser for MERA. Vendors give MERA 20% of their gross sales, which for some of the larger vendors means they pay more to be in the MERA Christmas Fair than they do in larger fairs in Perth or Almonte. Come and support the vendors who support MERA! This popular juried show features original one-of-a-kind creations: Hand Weaving (MERA Heritage Weavers & Heather Sherratt Handwoven clothing), woodcraft items, organic Chocolate by Ludwig, Strawberry Cottage beeswax candles & natural soaps, Beth Girdler’s natural honey, paintings,…

Fatal collision on Highway. 7

Written by  |  Wednesday, 09 August 2017 14:33  |  Published in Lanark County
Officers from the Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) assisted by Technical Traffic Collision continue to investigate a fatal collision on Highway 7, in Tay Valley Township.Officers were called to the scene just west of Silver Lake Provincial Park at 04:26pm on Monday August 7, 2017. Investigation revealed that an eastbound Dodgepassenger vehicle collided with a westbound Subaru passenger vehicle. The driver of the Subaru, Samantha STREMMELAAR (35 years) of the City of Kitchener, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The other driver was conveyed to hospital in Kingston with serious injuries. The highway was closed and a diversion in place for approximately eight hours. The investigation is active and ongoing.

Butter tarts fly off the shelves at new Maberly bake shop

Written by  |  Wednesday, 19 July 2017 12:55  |  Published in Lanark County
The small straw bale building in the parking lot of the Fall River Pub and Grill at Hwy. 7 and the Elphin-Maberly Road is back in business. In past summers a coffee shop has been open at that location, and now it is the home of  the new Maberly Bakery. Bonnie and Ross Palmer recently purchased the former Maberly United Church and were planning to build  bake shop on their property over the next year or two. “But when the opportunity to lease the coffee shop came up we changed our plans,” Bonnie said early this week when interviewed at the shop. While the shop is small Bonnie is baking bread, cinnamon buns, lemon squares, and hundreds of butter tarts each day on site. They…

The tradition of black ash basketry.

Written by  |  Wednesday, 05 July 2017 12:03  |  Published in Lanark County
Making a useful basket from a tree trunk could be a mystery for any one other than an indigenous person. For many years our First Nations people have traditionally used the trunk of a black ash tree to provide the fine splints for basketmaking. This is done by pounding the trunk with a wooden mallet until the growth rings separate. This summer the Lanark Highlands Basketry Museum, in the village of McDonald's Corners,is celebrating black ash basketry. During the month of July there  will be a demonstration of pounding the black ash to release these fine splints. On August 26, Richard Nolan, a basket teacher from Kahnawaake, QC,  will be coming to the MERA School house in McDonald's Corners. He will teach a workshop on…

OPP Report

Written by  |  Wednesday, 07 June 2017 13:04  |  Published in Lanark County
On Friday, May 26th, 2017, members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Lanark County detachment and Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB) executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act search warrant on a rural property and residence in the Township of Tay Valley. Upon execution of the warrant to search, police arrested 6 individuals, 1 individual is still being sought at this time. A search of the residence and outbuildings revealed an extensive indoor cannabis marihuana grow operation. Following the completion of the search police seized: 6,139 cannabis marihuana plants at various stages of growth;182 pounds of dried cannabis marihuana;630 grams of cannabis resin - oil;548 grams of cannabis resin - hard;Sophisticated / industrial size cannabis resin extraction device;Indoor marihuana growing equipment;An insecure sawed off semi-automatic…

MERA Award of Excellence

Written by  |  Wednesday, 31 May 2017 13:57  |  Published in Lanark County
A three-person jury has chosen a winner for this year’s Award Of Excellence in Fine Arts and Fine Crafts supporting the work of Fibre Artist and Quilt Maker, Bridget O’Flaherty. Jurors Sunny Kerr, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Agnes Etherington Art Gallery at Queens University in Kingston, Victoria Henry, curator and art critic, and the former Director of the Canada Council Art Bank, and Ankaret Dean, Artistic Director MERA (McDonalds Corners/Elphin Recreation and Arts), unanimously selected Bridget O’Flaherty for the 2017 award. Victoria Henry said of O’Flaherty’s entry, “Her unique and technically brilliant quilts recognized both the old tradition of quilt making in Canada and the merits of a sensitive aesthetic.”  Bridget O’Flaherty describes her process, “I learned traditional quilting from my mother over…

Celtic Duo, Rankin/Robertson, Come to MERA

Written by  |  Wednesday, 24 May 2017 09:29  |  Published in Lanark County
MERA is proud to announce that the internationally claimed Celtic duo of Mairi Rankin and Allie Robertson will be presenting a concert at MERA in McDonald’s Corners on Sunday, June 4th at 2:00 PM. Mairi Rankin brings all the talent and vibrancy of the esteemed Rankin family, with its deep Cape Breton Celtic roots.  She plays fiddle, sings and also step-dances up a storm. Ailie Robertson is from Edinburgh, Scotland and brings to the duo a wealth of musical experience as a composer, arranger, improviser and clarsach or Celtic harp player.  She is recognized as one of the world’s leading clarsach harpers, as they like to be called. Together, Rankin and Robertson have won the “Best Group” award at the Live Ireland awards, where they…

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