Lanark County

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…

120 ft. Waterslide at Silver Lake Wesleyan Camp

Written by  |  Wednesday, 25 May 2016 20:46  |  Published in Lanark County
On May 22, 2016, Silver Lake Wesleyan Camp formally dedicated their new water-slide. As if summer camp wasn't already fun enough! The dedication event was a great success, with well over 200 people from the community near and far coming to commit this slide to the glory of God. The slide is 120 ft. long and can be seen on the beach-front across the lake from Highway 7. All are invited to come up to the camp this summer to enjoy the slide and the grounds. The slide will be open on a schedule during the summer. Please call the camp before going to confirm when the beach and the slide will be open.

Lanark Highlands Basketry Museum

Written by  |  Wednesday, 18 May 2016 16:39  |  Published in Lanark County
Saturday, May 28, from 11-3, will see the opening of a new museum in McDonalds Corners in Lanark Highlands to celebrate the world of basketry. Located in a 1930's stable, the Lanark Highlands Basketry Museum houses a collection of over 200 items, a basketry library, and a loft for workshops. Adjacent to the stable is a garden with plants that are used for baskets, such as sweet grass, winter wheat, willow, rushes and birch. In addition to baskets, the collection includes a variety of other items made using basketry techniques: mats, toys, a bee skep and even a small boat, or coracle. All the exhibits are made from materials that can be found locally. After one display of Indigenous basketry, each display is focused around…

Fieldwork 2016

Written by  |  Wednesday, 18 May 2016 16:37  |  Published in Lanark County
An abandoned old car sits in a field. Not an unusual sight on a back road in Lanark County, or anywhere else in Eastern Ontario. Did someone try and fix it up but then give up when they could not get parts? It's an old car, a white 70s era Cadillac, a beauty in its day but now it sits, waiting to be swallowed up by grass and brush like so many other relics of the past. But this is no ordinary Cadillac. It is an art installation, one of six new pieces in the open-air art gallery that is Fieldwork, located on Old Brooke Road just east of Maberly. The gallery, which is located in a field and the surrounding woods, features pieces that…

Blue Skies Fiddle Orchestra Jam-a-thon a huge success

Written by  |  Wednesday, 04 May 2016 20:03  |  Published in Lanark County
On April 23, the Blue Skies Fiddle Orchestra (BSFO) Jam-a-thon took place at the Maberly Hall. This year's Jam-a-thon, which was a fundraiser for the orchestra, also celebrated Tay Valley Township's 200th anniversary of the Perth Military Settlement. The all-afternoon acoustic jam circle featured an array of soloists, trios and groups sharing songs with a community of joyful musicians and listeners. The day began with Gary's lively play-along tunes. The hall was abuzz with the sounds of all kinds of instruments, including the fiddle, bass, mandolin, cello, and ukulele. Next, the beginner and intermediate groups showcased their well-rehearsed sets of reels, jigs and hornpipes. Shortly after, the Unspoken Rests, a youth ensemble group representing the BSFO, played their signature set of tunes, featuring their own…

Tay Valley Choir celebrates 200 years

Written by  |  Wednesday, 20 April 2016 21:11  |  Published in Lanark County
On April 16, music lovers were treated to a concert celebrating 200 years of history in Tay Valley. The concert, titled “Tay Valley 200th: A Song Celebration”, was performed by the Tay Valley Community Choir at the Maberly Hall. It blended a chronological historical narrative read by individual members of the choir, and each section was accented by a musical number suited to the particular period. In her opening remarks to the capacity crowd, choir director, Rebecca Worden, thanked those who contributed to the narratives, including Maureen Bostock, the Irish Times, Diary of Rev. William Bell, Bud Van Alstine, Emily Weaver, and Kay Rogers. Rogers spoke about the book she put together to mark the historic 200th anniversary event. The narrative began with the area's…

Blue Skies Community Fiddle Orchestra Jam-a-thon

Written by  |  Wednesday, 20 April 2016 20:51  |  Published in Lanark County
This Saturday, April 23, is the annual Blue Skies Community Fiddle Orchestra Jam-a-thon at the Maberly Hall from 1pm to 6pm. The Jam-a-thon supports the orchestra and will also celebrate Tay Valley Township's 200th anniversary of the Perth Military Settlement. The 50-member fiddle orchestra will play all afternoon and is inviting any local musicians to play with them. It’s not just for fiddlers; guitars, cello, viola, mandolin, penny whistles, dancers, listeners and anyone who appreciates home-made acoustic music is welcome to drop in and join the jam circle anytime during the day. The public can sponsor a musician to participate. Admission is by donation and refreshments will be available throughout the day. The pie auction starts at 4:30 and promises to be a highlight. Bring…

The Northwest Passage in Story and Song

Written by  |  Thursday, 31 March 2016 10:02  |  Published in Lanark County
There is likely no individual better able to inspire those interested in Canada's far north, and in particular the Northwest Passage, as singer/song writer David Newland. Newland has traveled extensively to both as a Zodiac driver and presenter with Adventure Canada, a travel company that offers travelers a chance to cruise to Canada's far north and experience the magic of its unique landscape and inhabitants. Newland gave a special presentation titled “The Northwest Passage in Story and Song” at the MERA Schoolhouse in McDonald's Corners on March 13. In the first section of his show he spoke of the history of Canada's far north and how many British explorers who traveled there in an effort to find the Northwest Passage, the quickest way to the…

Tay Valley Community Choir’s Spring Concert

Written by  |  Thursday, 31 March 2016 09:50  |  Published in Lanark County
Two Centuries of Life in Tay Valley to be Musically Celebrated Party on! From Aboriginal heritage to the struggles of immigrant settlers to the building of community, life in Tay Valley Township over the past 200 years will be commemorated on Saturday April 16th by the Tay Valley Community Choir and special guests. Tay Valley 200th: A Song Celebration is the 40-member choir’s spring concert, to be held at Maberly Hall at 7:30pm. Choir director Rebecca Worden says there is music for everyone, touching on the rich history of Tay Valley Township over two centuries. “Drumming, Scottish and Irish ballads, Canadian waltzes, The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, and even a hint of music associated with James Bond—we will present a lyrical evocation of life in…

The Wild Child – Unleashing the Power of Nature

Written by  |  Thursday, 31 March 2016 09:10  |  Published in Lanark County
Howard Clifford has unshakable faith in the transforming, restorative powers of nature. He believes that nature is not only a healer but that the “University of Wilderness” is the best teacher. On Wednesday, April 6, at the Annual General Meeting of the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust (MMLT), you’ll have a chance to hear him speak about his research and his thoughts at the Perth Legion in a presentation entitled “The Wild Child – Unleashing the Power of Nature”. Research shows that among predictors of human health - physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual - engagement in nature activities is critically important. Similarly recognized is the nature deficit so prevalent today. In past, kids were sent outside to play until the street lights came on, exploring nearby…

A high-kicking Celtic Celebration at the ABC hall

Written by  |  Wednesday, 16 March 2016 19:27  |  Published in Lanark County
In order to bring the sights, sounds, and tastes of everything Celtic to music lovers in and around Bolingbroke, and to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, Mike Erion organized an afternoon of Scottish and Irish music at the ABC hall on March 12. Erion assists in heading up the regular musical happenings at the ABC Hall. A lively crowd turned out for the event on Saturday, which offered guests green-tinted punch and shamrock-emblazoned muffins and cakes courtesy of Rob Boyer. It was the first event of its kind at the hall and judging by the turn out, it will not likely be the last. The afternoon included an impressive line up of local talent that included John and Barb Fife, fiddler Jessica Wedden accompanied by Valerie…

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