DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: The Scugog Community Centre Hall is expected to be packed with antique items next Saturday, Feb. 6 and Sunday Feb. 7, when it hosts the Nineteenth annual Port Perry Antique and Nostalgia Show.
At least 25 vendors coming from across Ontario will be taking part in the two-day event. Show convener Marilyn Pearce told The Standard that the winter is the best time to hold events such as this.
“In the middle of winter, everyone is bored so it is a good time to come out and look at some items that bring out nostalgia,” Ms. Pearce said, adding that there are several reasons why people should come out to this annual show.
“First is that all the proceeds go to the Lake Scugog Historical Society for their community projects,” Ms. Pearce said. “Second is that if people enjoy these types of events, it is important that they support them.”
The convener also wanted to add that it is the community that has kept the vendors coming back each year.
The show takes place on Feb. 6 from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and on Feb. 7 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Admission into the event is $4, and is good for both days.
For more information, call Ms. Pearce at 905-985-9250 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The Scugog Community Recreation Centre is located at 1655 Reach St.
SCUGOG: Three local art endeavours were recently awarded the first Spark the Arts funding for new initiatives through the Scugog Council for the Arts.
The Spark the Arts program was developed by the SCA and returns to the community funds that have been raised through the Mayor's Gala.
Watch for the Confidential Musical Theatre Project in February. Organized by Carey Nicholson and Carol Salamone, the show will take place on Feb. 19 at Port Perry United Church. It's confidential because the audience will not know what work is being performed until they arrive to see the production. Cast members from throughout Durham will have worked on their scripts in advance, but will not meet till one hour before the performance — both audience and cast get to see what develops!
The Port Perry Patchers Quilt Guild received a Spark award for a new initiative in connection with their triennial quilt show, coming in May. The Spark Award will help finance the launch of an artists' and artisans' area at the show.
The area will offer artists and organizations opportunity for promotion, sales and member recruitment.
He[art]therapy, a project of art therapist Angelica Atkins, aims to use art as a tool to explore self-image. The Spark award will help Atkins launch seminars for young women, offering a safe context for personal insight and transformation through therapeutic and creative work.
The Spark the Arts program aims to encourage new local arts activities organized by members of the community by supporting them with seed money to get the projects off the ground.
Applications for funding are received twice a year — May 31 and Nov. 30. Application forms are available on-line at: www.scugogarts.ca or by calling the SCA at 905-982-2121.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: A new local on-line radio station has recently launched in the Port Perry area.
Port Perry Radio is an internet-based station that is run by local resident David Sornberger. He told The Standard that the main goal of the station is to provide people with information on more local stories and events.
“Some internet-only stations may only focus on the broad spectrum, and that’s fine if it works for them. The purpose of our station is for people to listen to know what is going on in the community and to just enjoy,” Mr. Sornberger said. “I think there is a craving for content, especially for local content.”
Mr. Sornberger’s love of radio began at an early age, spending time with his grandfather Carl Sornberger, who worked at Lindsay’s own CKLY FM in the mid 1980’s.
“I think that gave me kind of a bug. I used to create a half hour segment with his help, just usually focusing on music, and that was fun,” he said.
Mr. Sornberger remembers fondly a time when he had an opportunity to go to work with his grandfather.
“I remember one time an anchor called the station manager and said he was sick so they called my grandfather. I was at home with him at the time and he asked me, ‘do you want to go with me?’ and I said yes,” he said.
Mr. Sornberger began working with the technology to create Port Perry Radio in the fall of 2013 and officially launched the station’s 24 hour format in August of this year. He said that he has had a lot of positive reactions from his listeners since that launch.
“I haven’t had one negative comment. It was nice to see recently someone tweeted a message directly to us saying that ‘It is great to have this and it is great for local businesses and good to have local content and events,’” he said. “I love the technology, but the engagement from the community drives me farther.”
Port Perry Radio also recently underwent an upgrade to their web site to improve the experience for all interested listeners.
“One of the main features is the audio player. The old one took too long to load and this one just loads right as you open. As well, it has a history of previous tracks played and a link to the artist, whether it be a web site or social media link or what have you,” Mr. Sornberger said. “There is also an events calendar where people can add their own community events, with me moderating. There is also a new section titled ‘Break Through Artist’, where every week we focus on one up- and-coming musician, whether they are from the community or outside depending on the week.”
After running Christmas music until Boxing Day, Port Perry Radio has returned to its format of pop music.
In the future, Mr. Sornberger said there are a couple things on his wish list that he would like to improve on.
“Going forward, we like to have a set time in the schedule every hour for local events. We haven’t been able to do that yet because of technical issues. I would also like to have an ever increasing format of shows,” he said. “We also need more help. Having a full time job, I would like to be able to have someone who can go out into the community.”
Those interested in pitching a show idea or providing feedback on the station are asked to e-mail Mr. Sornberger at email@example.com. Those looking to check out the stations work can go to portperryradio.com.