Lanark County

Festival of Small Halls – Breabach in Maberly

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 September 2016 16:10  |  Published in Lanark County
On September 18, Maberly Hall hosted an afternoon of music as part of the Festival of Small Halls, which started on September 14 and runs until October 2. The festival was inspired by the spirit of small hall festivals in PEI and Australia and is now in its third year. It has grown from three shows in 2014 to 24 venues and over 35 artists this year. Top-rate performers like Breabach, Elliot BROOD, Jim Bryson, Devin Cuddy Band, and Sherman Downy will take a break from the big stages and perform in small towns from Pembroke to Maxville to Gananoque, thus fulfilling the organizers’ vision of bringing Big Music to Little Places. Sunday was no exception and fantastic performances were brought to the audience by…

JDN Center for Children, Perth

Written by  |  Thursday, 15 September 2016 00:39  |  Published in Lanark County
New local service for kids with ADHD and Autism Amanda Neadow, standing with her sons Jason and Dawson, opened the JDN Center for Children in Perth on September 10. The center will provide ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) Therapy and parent coaching support to children diagnosed with ADHD, Autism and Cognitive Deficit Disorders. Neadow is originally from the Sharbot Lake area. When her two sons were diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), Neadow did extensive research “to understand what ADHD was, how to treat it and how to ensure that my boys would be successful” She did a lot of it on her own. “We used the sources that the school offered, but the majority of sources and support we used was based on our…

Artisans wear many hats!

Written by  |  Wednesday, 07 September 2016 18:48  |  Published in Lanark County
The Sundance Artisan Show was held in Maberly on the Labour Day weekend at the scenic property along the Fall River behind the Fall River Restaurant at Highway 7 and County Road 36. It was a “must see; must go; mark your calendars for next time if you missed it” event! The show is totally free to park and attend, which leaves money in the pocket to support your Canadian artisans while stocking up on holiday gifts or simply gifting yourself with a treasure. The show is juried, which ensures that all the exhibitors are top notch and that there is a lovely balance of work. Repeat categories were not repeats as each artist brought their own thumb print to their medium. It was evident…

Sundance Artisan Show

Written by  |  Friday, 02 September 2016 14:16  |  Published in Lanark County
Photo: Frit Flava Vase by Alexi Hunter The Sundance Artisan Show is marking its 10th year. For the past five years the show has been held on the picturesque Fall River, at a wooded site right behind the Fall River Restaurant on Highway #7 and Road 36 (Maberly Elphin Road) in the village of Maberly. With over 40 artisans in one location this show offers the unique opportunity to see many artists showing their one of a kind work in many different mediums. Pottery, wood turning, jewelry, furniture, weaving, glass and even cedar strip boats are all here for your viewing and shopping pleasure. Among the artisans at the show this year there are nine who work in wood, plus seven of Ontario's leading glass artists,…

22nd annual Silver Lake Pow Wow set for this weekend

Written by  |  Thursday, 25 August 2016 00:04  |  Published in Lanark County
Organizers of the Silver Lake Pow Wow are gearing up for another end of summer gathering of friends and neighbours at Silver lake Provincial Park. The Drum this year, the Soaring Eagle Singers, are a group that has been at the Pow Wow in the past, but has some new members, most of whom are local. The Head male dancer will be Tyson Commanda and the Head female is Kaylee Brooks Both of whom come from the Golden Lake area. The Pow Wow emcee is Danka Brewer, the Elder Larry McDermott and the Fire Keeper is Alex Brewer. Many of the regular vendors are expected back and some new ones will be attending as well, but as Trudy Knapp, the long time Pow Wow organizer…

Maberly Fair, August 27

Written by  |  Wednesday, 24 August 2016 23:55  |  Published in Lanark County
This Saturday, the 134th annual fair will take place in Maberly. To coincide with the Tay Valley 200th Anniversary, the theme is “Heritage”. The light horse show beginning at 9:00 am sharp. The opening parade of the ‘biggest little fair to stop traffic on Hwy 7,’ will commence at 10:30, entering the fairgrounds around 11:00 am. New this year, following the opening ceremonies, will be a cake decorating contest including: Keith Kerr - Reeve Tay Valley Twp., Paddy O'Connor - Town Crier Central Frontenac, Gail Code - Warden Lanark County, Frances Smith - Mayor & Warden of Central Frontenac, and of course our very own Agricultural member Gordon Patterson - Vice President. They will hopefully all be dressed in period costume. Dave White from Lake…

Tay Valley Choir

Written by  |  Wednesday, 24 August 2016 23:37  |  Published in Lanark County
If you want to have some fun, meet new friends and make beautiful music with others, then the Tay Valley Community Choir may be the place for you. The choir meets on Monday nights from 6:00 to 7:30 pm alternating between the Maberly Hall and Lanark Lodge. An eclectic repertoire, lovely four part harmonies and warm, old-fashioned country-style concerts are the hallmark of this choir. Christmas and spring concerts and visits to local senior homes are already planned. The choir is delighted to have the leadership team of Rebecca Worden, director and Mary Lou Carroll, accompanist, return again this year. Music for the term has been chosen so all is ready to begin on September 12th at the Maberly Hall. To join the Tay Valley…

Classic Theatre Festival

Written by  |  Wednesday, 27 July 2016 20:49  |  Published in Lanark County
A comic delight is on stage until August 14 at Perth's Classic Theatre Festival, the uproarious Shaw comedy, Arms and the Man (with, left to right, Lindsay Robinson, Lana Sugarman and Scott Clarkson). The colourful, fast-moving show brought standing ovations on opening night. It runs at 54 Beckwith Street East, Wednesday to Sunday at 2 pm, with 8 pm shows every Wed., Thurs. & Fri. Tickets at or 1-877-283-1283.  

CP Rail Grass Fires

Written by  |  Wednesday, 20 July 2016 18:56  |  Published in Lanark County
On July 13, 2016, heavy smoke could be seen rolling along the CP Rail tracks from Glen Tay in Tay Valley Township to Churchill Road in Drummond/North Elmsley Township as firefighters battled a series of out of control bush fires along Highways 7 and 43 yesterday. The call came in to the fire dispatch centre in Smiths Falls with numerous 9-1-1 calls just past 2:30 p.m. BBD&E Station of the Drummond/North Elmsley Tay Valley Fire Rescue initially responded but as the fires spread, mutual aid had to be called in from Perth, South Sherbrooke, Lanark Highlands, Smiths Falls, Montague, Carleton Place, Beckwith, Mississippi Mills, Merrickville-Wolford, Rideau Lakes, and Central Frontenac. The situation also prompted THE OPP to close down the stretch of Highway 43 between…

Lanark Highlands Basketry Museum workshops

Written by  |  Wednesday, 13 July 2016 22:31  |  Published in Lanark County
The Lanark Highlands Basketry Museum is holding a series of workshops this summer and below is the schedule. July 23: Discover birch bark and spruce roots. Make a small container, knife holster, or beads. July 30: Continue birch bark. Aug 6 & 13: Museum closed Aug 20: Come gather rushes and cattails at the lake. Aug 28: Rush or cattail chair seating or make a small container. Sept 3: Continue with rushes and cattails. Further workshops will be announced later. Workshops are held from 1 -3 pm on Saturdays and the cost is usually $15. If you plan to come, please call Ankaret Dean at 613-278-1203 and she will give you a list of tools etc. to bring. The museum is located at 5596 McDonald's…

Torchlight Shakespeare

Written by  |  Wednesday, 06 July 2016 20:04  |  Published in Lanark County
A Company of Fools are the actors, and the McDonalds Corners Farmers’ Market are your hosts on Wednesday, July 20 for a summer evening’s “torchlight Shakespeare” entertainment featuring duelling knights, dastardly pirates, proper princesses, promiscuous prostitutes, an ancient goddess and not one but two shipwrecks! How could the Fools have waited so long to tell the thrilling tale of Pericles, Prince of Tyre! When our hero discovers a dark secret about the evil king of Antioch, Pericles is forced to flee for his life. So begins an epic voyage that takes him across several seas to far off lands where he discovers adventure, love and just maybe what life is all about. Don’t miss this exciting, fast-paced escapade set in a mythical world. Fun for…

A new gem – the Lanark Highlands Basketry Museum opens

Written by  |  Wednesday, 01 June 2016 19:04  |  Published in Lanark County
The Lanark Highlands Basketry Museum, which is founded and curated by Ankaret Dean, held its grand opening on Saturday, May 28. The new museum is possibly the only museum in the world to focus on the techniques of using natural materials to make baskets. While most museums have basketry collections, they are only part of their larger collections. The baskets themselves are not the focus except as valuable historical artifacts due to their roles in the lives of people in the past. There are a handful of other basketry museums in the world, but their focus is usually on the finished baskets. The Lanark Highlands Basketry Museum is unique in that it focuses on the techniques and materials of basketmaking rather than on the baskets,…

Land Of Lakes Roofing

Written by  |  Wednesday, 01 June 2016 18:41  |  Published in Lanark County
Kevin Fenner has a lot of experience in the roofing business. He worked in an industrial setting as the manager of a roofing company during boom years in Alberta, and after moving to Ontario 15 years ago he built a company with 25 employees that did roofing for homeowners and for home construction companies in the Perth and Carleton Place areas. In the last few years, however, he has narrowed his focus to residential roofing jobs, mainly replacement roofs on family homes and cottages in the Lanark County and Land O’Lakes regions. He prices every job based on a site visit. “Every house has its own individual character and technical challenges. For example, you might not want to put a metal roof on a older home that is not completely square because it wouldn’t look right, but western red shingles or architectural shingles…

2016 Summer Arts Camp for Kids at MERA

Written by  |  Wednesday, 01 June 2016 17:00  |  Published in Lanark County
Looking for something creative and enjoyable for your children or grandchildren this summer? Consider enrolling them in MERA’s 12th annual Arts Camp for Kids for children ages seven to 12 (or 13) at the heritage MERA Schoolhouse in McDonalds Corners. The camp will take place Monday, July 25 to Friday, July 29 from 9am to 3pm each day. On the Friday, there will be a vernissage for parents and grandparents to come and see what the children accomplished all week. Artist and Camp Director, Jo Bali, of Jackalope Farm and Eco-Art-Studio, and former volunteer children's program director at Stewart Park Festival, joins MERA again this year. The children will create an art project every day using a different medium with eco-friendly materials. Games and other…

Is the cure worse than the parsnip?

Written by  |  Wednesday, 25 May 2016 20:51  |  Published in Lanark County
A number of Tay Valley residents are upset about a Lanark County-sponsored program to spray the herbicide Clearview on road allowances adjacent to county roads in order to remove infestations of wild parsnip. Tay Valley Council has not approved the use of the spray on township roads, but county-owned Althorpe Road, Road 36 between Althorpe and Hwy. 7, and Bennett Lake Road are all scheduled for spraying in June. According to a plan that was approved by Lanark County Council earlier this year, spraying will take place on roads that are designated as having high concentrations of wild parsnip. Direct exposure to wild parsnip has been associated with severe, dangerous levels of skin irritation that can be more serious than exposure to poison ivy in…

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