Lanark County

Tay Bells In Maberly

Written by  |  Wednesday, 10 February 2016 17:46  |  Published in Lanark County
Tay Valley Township is joining with its neighbours in the Perth and the townships of Drummond/North Elmsley and Beckwith in the 200th anniversary celebration of the Perth Military Settlement of 1816. In that year, the first wave of settlers came into the region after the War of 1812 and they were granted land in the municipalities surrounding Perth. In Tay Valley, there are four signature events being planned by the municipality in addition to a number of events being put on by community groups and businesses. The first of the signature events was the Tay Bells Winter Celebration at the Maberly fairgrounds and the Maberly hall. The event featured heritage-themed games and races, such as a plank race and a tug of war, horse-drawn wagon…

A show for felt-loving fiber fans

Written by  |  Wednesday, 10 February 2016 17:36  |  Published in Lanark County
Fiber artist, felt maker and designer Zoë Emily Lianga's show at the MERA school house opened with a well-attended vernissage on February 5, and those who have an interest in felt will be fascinated by the diverse work of this talented artist. The show, titled “Zoë Emily”, includes a wide assortment of felt wall hangings, wearable clothing and functional and decorative objects, all created with Lianga's keen eye for design, function and pure aesthetics. Lianga grew up in Brooke Valley and now lives and works from her studio in Perth. Surprisingly she has only been felting for the last three years. A former student of fashion design who specialized in sewing, pattern making and haute couture, she learned the art of felting while on a…
Zoe Emily Lianga’s work will be on display for the month of February in Dean Hall at the MERA Schoolhouse in McDonalds Corners. There will also be an exhibit opening and vernissage on Friday, February 5 from 7 - 10pm, with refreshments. This showcase highlights the merging of her separate paths as a designer, felt maker, and fibre artist. Her work will include wall hangings and quilts, clothing, accessories, bags, and home decor. Her wearable, felted clothing and accessories, made from luxurious fibres (such as camel, yak, merino, and silk), impart a softness that is without parallel. Each design is developed in its own characteristic way, involving a process of much precision, tactility and organic spontaneity. Zoe’s tailored clothes are built off classic lines, sewn…

“Memories of Mexico” at MERA

Written by  |  Wednesday, 13 January 2016 20:15  |  Published in Lanark County
Those not able to travel to far-flung, sunnier climes this winter might want to take a quick trip to the MERA (McDonald's Corners/Elphin Recreation and Arts ) school house in McDonalds Corners to take in a show of photographs by Abigail Gossage titled "Memories of Mexico 1958". Gossage, who lives in Ottawa and has a summer house in the area, has been taking photographs since she was a young child at summer camp, first with an old Teco camera. This show harkens back to photographs Gossage took in 1958 as an 18-year-old when she joined her mother on a trip to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Since then Gossage became a professional photographer and has been working alongside three other female photographers, who together, eight…

Blue Skies Fiddle Orchestra “Little Christmas concert” in Maberly

Written by  |  Wednesday, 06 January 2016 16:42  |  Published in Lanark County
Those with a love for fiddle music and looking to extend their holiday cheer for a few more days following the New Year did just that at the Blue Skies Community Fiddle Orchestra's 16th annual “Little Christmas concert”, which took place at the Maberly hall on January 3. The concert, which was emceed by Linda Grenier, a member of the Long Sault Trio, showcased the all-ages, multi-generational group of fiddlers under the direction of their fearless leader, Cindy McCall. The concert opened with the sounds of the orchestra's newest beginner group, the prep orchestra, who have been playing together for just 11 short weeks. They demonstrated how far they have come in that short time with their confident version of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and…

“Singing in the Joy” in Maberly

Written by  |  Wednesday, 16 December 2015 18:00  |  Published in Lanark County
On December 6, the voices of the 45 members of the Tay Valley Community Choir filled the Maberly Hall with the sounds of joy in the group's 23rd concert to date. The choir, which was formed in the fall of 2004, has been performing a wide and diverse repertoire, and their annual holiday concert, which this year was titled “Sing in the Joy”, as usual attracted a full house to the Maberly hall. The four-part choir opened the concert with a tune aptly called “Open Up”, with various soloists singing the verse and the entire choir joining in in unison, and with celebratory hand clapping, which set the tone for a joyous afternoon of song. The group began by lining the walls of the hall,…

MERA's 2015 Christmas Fair

Written by  |  Wednesday, 25 November 2015 19:03  |  Published in Lanark County
On Sat. November 28 MERA is the place to be for shoppers looking for unique holiday gifts created by a host of local artisans.The annual juried show will take place at MERA from 10am - 4pm. The fair is the ideal place to shop locally and support local artists and artisans as well as supporting Community Arts at MERA in McDonalds Corners in your community.This popular, juried show features vendors of original one-of-a-kind creations that you won’t find anywhere else: hand weaving by the MERA weavers and Heather Sherratt, fibre arts items, organic Chocolate by Ludwig, Strawberry Cottage beeswaxcandles and natural soaps, salves, jewelry, felted creations, jams and jellies, gift bag raffle, home baking, a café, hand painted Christmas cards and much more. Two historic legacy projects for gift giving at MERA Kay Rogers editor, author and member of the 200th Anniversary working group for the Tay Valley Township, is…

Dynamic duo at Blue Jeans classical opener at MERA

Written by  |  Wednesday, 18 November 2015 22:40  |  Published in Lanark County
Lovers of, as well as those just curious about classical music, were treated to a spectacular classical concert that opened MERA's Blue Jeans Classical Music series at the MERA Schoolhouse in McDonalds Corners on November 8. Cellist Emily Kennedy and pianist Keenan Reimer-Watts performed a diverse repertoire. The dynamic duo, both uber-talented graduates of Wilfrid Laurier University, have been playing together for the last three years and both were in prime form. Reimer-Watts, who is a concert pianist, teacher, composer, improviser, concert curator and chamber musician, opened with a selection of 15 of the 30 Bach short compositions from a work titled “The Inventions”, which were written as pedagogical exercises for the composer's young sons. Like everything Bach, the pieces sound deceptively simple but in…

Dynamic duo at Blue Jeans classical opener at MERA

Written by  |  Wednesday, 11 November 2015 23:11  |  Published in Lanark County
Lovers of, as well as those just curious about classical music, were treated to a spectacular classical concert that opened MERA's Blue Jeans Classical Music series at the MERA Schoolhouse in McDonalds Corners on November 8. Cellist Emily Kennedy and pianist Keenan Reimer-Watts performed a diverse repertoire. The dynamic duo, both uber-talented graduates of Wilfrid Laurier University, have been playing together for the last three years and both were in prime form. Reimer-Watts, who is a concert pianist, teacher, composer, improviser, concert curator and chamber musician, opened with a selection of 15 of the 30 Bach short compositions from a work titled “The Inventions”, which were written as pedagogical exercises for the composer's young sons. Like everything Bach, the pieces sound deceptively simple but in…

Behind the Red Door at Long Bay Farm

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 October 2015 23:37  |  Published in Lanark County
Visitors to the Red Door Studio Tour this past Thanksgiving weekend not only had a chance to get up close to a number of particularly friendly farm animals but also enjoyed perusing a wide variety of art and craft items made by the over 18 talented artisans showing their work there. One artist was Mary Lou Devine of Simply Devine Paverpol of North Gower, Ontario, a fabric artist who incorporates a relativelynew product called Paverpol in her unique fabric sculptures. Paverpol is a water-based, environmentally friendly polymer medium used to saturate fabric, giving it a hard and durable finish that enables the sculptures to survive long term both in and out of doors. The medium, which has been around for 15 years, was first discovered in the Netherlands by a group of sculptors who were making over-sized floats for a Mardi Gras style…

At home in Tay Valley: Book launch marks year of celebration

Written by  |  Thursday, 08 October 2015 08:41  |  Published in Lanark County
In 1816, the Perth Military Settlement was founded. The first settlements were established in the Town of Perth and vicinity, and in Bathurst and Burgess townships, two of the three townships that would eventually become Tay Valley Township. A few years later, in about 1820, settlement began in what became South Sherbrooke Township. In 1998, the three townships were amalgamated and became Bathurst, Burgess, and Sherbrooke, and was re-named Tay Valley Township in 2002, in recognition of the Tay River, the major watershed running through the township. With the 200th anniversary of the founding of both Tay Valley and Perth now just three months away, events are already starting to crop up to mark it. On September 19 at the EcoTay Education Centre, the results…

Art show finds a niche

Written by  |  Thursday, 08 October 2015 08:38  |  Published in Lanark County
The Red Door Studio on Long Bay is holding its first show over the Thanksgiving weekend. The studio is located off the Westport to Maberly road (#36), a location that straddles two successful, long standing studio tours. The Perth Autumn Studio Tour is based in nearby Brooke Valley, and the Westport Fall Colours Tour is centred in nearby Westport. Until this year the Red Door was a location on the Fall Colours tour, but for a couple of reasons Ingrid Bron, the owner of the property where the studio is located, wanted to start an independent show that still takes advantage of the crowds that attend both tours on Thanksgiving weekend each year. “For one thing we have always been at the edge of the…

Joint art show at MERA

Written by  |  Thursday, 08 October 2015 08:27  |  Published in Lanark County
Marg Stephenson and Jean Dunning, neither of whom have ever shown their art work officially in an art show setting, are holding their premiere joint art show at the MERA schoolhouse in McDonalds Corners. The show opened there on October 4. Their works, mostly watercolours but also pencil and pen and ink drawings along with other mixed media works, are perfectly matched since much of their subject matter is similar and their styles are complementary. Jean Dunning starting drawing and painting seriously in retirement, while Stephenson has been doing so since she was young. Both, however, have gotten more seriously into art making in their retirement years along with their third “amigo”, Judy Cross. Both artists often paint from photographs and Dunning prefers painting flora…

Final worship at Maberly United Church

Written by  |  Thursday, 01 October 2015 08:25  |  Published in Lanark County
On Sunday, September 27, Maberly United Church, founded in 1885, hosted their final worship to mark the official closing, and de-commissioning of the church in an open service with special music provided by Fiddlers and Friends. The congregation will now gather for their Sunday services at Sharbot Lake. During the hour-long ceremony Amanda Avery lit the Christ Candle and between hymns, prayers, and scripture readings, members of the congregation stood up, one by one, and recounted their favourite memories of Maberly United Church: Reverend Rock, from the rock (Newfoundland) led a Sunday service from this church on a rock; the excellent meals that were served after some services; the people who arrived late because they had earlier chores to do. Then there was the memory…

Fall colours nature walk - October 4

Written by  |  Thursday, 01 October 2015 08:12  |  Published in Lanark County
Bring a picnic lunch, bring your family and enjoy the sense of renewal that comes from the Annual Fall Colours Nature Walk to the top of Blueberry Mountain, hosted by the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust (MMLT). Nature seems to respond to our deep need for beauty. It’s as if the outer layer of green, relaxing, healing colours has been dropped to reveal what has always been there, but hidden from the naked eye. Take this opportunity to rejoice in the explosion of riotous colours that splendidly displays the beauty that no artist can match. During this Annual Nature Walk, owner Howard Clifford will draw on his rich professional background in mental health and child development. He will provide researched evidence and stories from his own…

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