UXBRDIGE: The live dramatic presentation of the Christmas story is returning to Centennial Park, in the center of the town of Uxbridge, with Presentations scheduled for Thursday through to Sunday, December 15th to 17th, 2017. Two performances will be held each evening, at 7:30 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.
The LIVING NATIVITY is sponsored by the Uxbridge Baptist church, as a gift to the community. It all began in 1974, with annual productions on the main street of Uxbridge, for several years. After a number of years off, the Living Nativity returned in 1985, and has been produced alternate years by Co-producers, Joan Wideman, and Brian Evans, working with a strong team of over 25 preparation and behind the scene volunteers. It was last produced in 2013, and drew crowds in the 1000’s, even during a memorable ice storm to Centennial Park. The village of Bethlehem is re-created, to form the backdrop for an exciting and colourful depiction of the very first Christmas. Everyone enjoys the pageantry of the Roman Soldiers on horseback, the live animals, the colourful costumes, and the majestic Christmas music and narration. Your crèche will take on a whole new meaning as you watch the story unfold before your very eyes.
This year, the story of the simple birth of Christ will once again come alive in Uxbridge. A cast of over 125 will live out the events leading up to the moment when the Baby Jesus was born, in the humble stable, and then follow the travels of the shepherds and the wisemen’s entourage, as they come to pay homage to the newborn King.
As in the past, the entire community of Uxbridge has taken the production to heart. The local council and many businesses have endorsed the LIVING NATIVITY production again this year. Be sure to mark the dates on your calendar. Invite your family and friends, for an evening in Uxbridge that is unforgettable.
Contact: Joan Wideman at 905-261-4417 or 905-831-6333 ext. 4417, or Brian Evans at 905- 852-3184, or The Uxbridge Baptist Church (Pastor Kathy) at 905-852-3662.
SCUGOG: The Barn Pottery will soon be bringing pottery classes to Scugog, for people of all skill levels. Krista Sweet, owner of The Barn Pottery, first tried potting four years ago and has been in love with it ever since.
“It’s something that just focuses you in the moment. I get such pleasure from it and had no idea I would get that, so I’d like to be able to bring that feeling to other people,” she said. “It’s not something you find in the country very often, so that’s why I thought it would be unique to offer it in [this area.]”
Working with clay is a great creative outlet, and it relieves stress, according to Krista.
“It really is playing and allows you to explore your own fun side, and there’s so much you can do with clay that’s fun,” she said.
The Barn Pottery will provide a fully functional studio for the classes, attendees just need to bring their creativity and an open mind.
“Students will be provided with 10kg of clay, use of working tables, tools and wheels, plus glazes and firings… All you need to do is show up, bring your hands and your imagination,” Krista said.
Krista has developed a strong passion for pottery, and is happy to help beginners every step of the way.
“I will help facilitate the learning process, from wet clay right through to the finished glazed piece,” she said.
Krista told the Standard, working with clay is a really unique and gratifying experience. Working the wheel and creating something with your hands that can be taken home and used, is very satisfying.
“There’s nothing like handmade crafts, things that you make with your hands [and give] to someone,” Krista said.
She encourages people who have never tried pottery to sign up for lessons and give it a try.
The Barn Pottery will be offering classes on week nights, two hours a week for 10 weeks, starting in January. Classes will be intimate in size, no more than four people per class, so there will be lots of one-on-one learning with Krista. The cost to enroll in a 10-week class is $300, which works out to $30 a class. With a website in production, anyone interested in enrolling in a pottery class can contact Krista directly at Krista_Sweet@live.ca.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: 16 year-old Scugog resident Halley Gavey recently achieved her dream of meeting her favourite artist Taylor Swift in person.
On Wednesday, October 18th, Ms. Gavey and a group of other fans got to go to Taylor Swift’s summer home in Rhode Island, for a secret session, where they could meet Taylor and members of her family, and hear her album ‘Reputation’ before it is released on Friday, November 10th.
Ms. Gavey explained that, on the Thanksgiving weekend, she received a private message from TAYLOR NATION, asking if she would like to attend a private event.
"I got a [direct message] on Tumblr from her team, and they didn't really tell me what it was going to be, and I remember it was the day after I got my wisdom teeth out, so I was lying in bed, and when I got it I jumped up and I was crying, and I was about to tell my mom and I almost fell on the floor. I was so excited.”
The secret meeting location was revealed on October 15th, however Ms. Gavey still did not know what the event was.
She and her family departed for Rhode Island two days later, and checked in at a hotel they had booked in the area.
Once they got to the secret location, they were driven to Taylor Swift’s summer home, and were greeted by Taylor’s father Scott Swift. There was food served, and they got to talk with Andrea, Scott and Austin Swift. Then, in the living room, Taylor played each track, from her new album on her iPod, told stories about the production, and also sang each song.
Ms. Gavey explained what it was like for her to meet Taylor Swift.
“[Taylor Swift] is very, very nice , very funny. She knew everything about us, she knew my name, she knew about my cat. It wasn't really like I was meeting the ten time Grammy Award winner Taylor Swift, it was like meeting someone who I've known for a long time. It wasn't scary at all, she was very nice."
Each fan got to take a picture with Taylor Swift, and also got to take home some Taylor Swift merchandise.
Ms. Gavey explained how she was chosen, out of Taylor’s many fans, to attend this event.
“Taylor told us that she's been, what she's called lurking us all year [on social media], and that she took screenshots of all of our accounts and sent them to her team, and handpicked us all to come,” she said. "She follows fans on Tumblr and she likes to just check out the pages and stuff, so I think she just chose fans that stood out to her and I was one of them."
Ms. Gavey has been a fan of Taylor Swift since 2007.
"I was really young, I listened to [Taylor Swift's music] in my house all the time and then later I made some fan pages for her, which made me love her even more because then she started liking my posts, and it's just been ever since then that I've loved her music and who she is,” Ms. Gavey said.
She also explained what it is she enjoys about Taylor Swift’s music.
“I think she's one of the artists right now that actually has songs that tell stories and have a lot of meaning to them, and I really just like her writing and her songs, and who she is as a person.”
As it was a private event, Ms. Gavey could not talk about the songs that have not yet been released. However, she did talk about one of the songs from the new album that has been released, titled ‘gorgeous.’
“It's more of a happy love song, which a lot of people don't think she writes a lot of songs about happy love, a lot of people think she writes breakup songs. I think she is showing people that she doesn't just write breakup songs."
Overall, Ms. Gavey said she was very pleased with the experience.
"It's been my dream for so long, and it happened in the best possible way to me.
Sam Odrowski The Standard
SCUGOG: Stained glass is an ancient art form dating back thousands of years. Throughout history, stained glass has been most commonly used as decorative windows for churches and other buildings.
But now, Helen Iredale, a stained-glass artist from North Durham, is bringing the art form into people’s home’s. What started out as a hobby, a little over 20 years ago, quickly blossomed into a passion for Helen, who now owns her own custom stained glass business, called “Make It Yours.”
In addition to stained glass, Make It Yours also offers embossing services and custom wine label making.
Helen was recently commissioned to do a large piece of stained glass art for small business owner, Shaelene McInnis, and Shaelene couldn’t be happier with her purchase.
“I’m so thrilled to display this beautiful piece of stained glass artwork in my office, and support other small businesses,” she said.
The process of making something out of stained glass is very tedious and involves many steps, according to Helen.
“When making stained glass art, I don’t think people realize what a long process it is from start to finish,” She said.
The first steps in making a piece of stained glass art are choosing the design and selecting a pattern. Once the piece is planned, the glass has to be cut, ground, foiled, soldered, and then polished, which is no easy task, according to Helen.
In addition to the long process, one of the most difficult parts, about making stained glass art, is finding suppliers in the area.
According to Helen stained glass is on the decline, and over the past four years, suppliers in Oshawa, Lakeridge, and Peterborough have closed down.
“It’s a dying skill, so it’s nice to keep it going,” she said.
Helen currently sources her supplies, for stained glass making, from 'Top Em All Stained Glass' in Pickering.
She works on her stained-glass art from her home, in an art studio and loves working on all of her customer’s pieces. “Seeing the finished product and seeing happy customers is what makes it all worthwhile,” Helen said.
She is currently accepting work from any new customers, who may want to commission a specific piece of stained glass, as well as offers already made, miniature stained glass seahorses, flip flops, feathers, and moose.
To contact Helen and inquire about her custom stained glass art and other services, email email@example.com or call 905-986-4016. You can also visit her website, at www.makeityours.ca
She said, “I look forward to hearing from anybody who is interested.”
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: Ultimate Artists Live is bringing two tribute shows to Port Perry’s Town Hall 1873 later this week.
On Friday, November 10th, at 8 p.m., Ultimate Artists Live is going to be presenting The Tragically Hip Tribute Show.
Performing in the show is band ‘From The Hip’.
The show comes after the death of Gord Downie, on Tuesday, October 17th.
“It’s a coincidentally timely show. We had this planned before Gord’s death,” Ultimate Artists Live’s Shamus Black said. “We’ve done some Hip shows before, but they might be more ceremonious after his death.”
Tickets are $38 and can be bought online, at www.townhall1873.ca, or by calling the box office, at 905-985-8181.
One night later, on Saturday, November 11th, Ultimate Artists Live will be presenting a Neil Young Tribute Show, at 8 p.m.
“This particular tribute was here a year ago and it was very well received,” Mr. Black told The Standard. “People were saying they wanted this show brought back again.”
Tickets to that show are $35 and can be bought online, at www.townhall1873.ca, or by calling the box office, at 905-985-8181.
Ultimate Artists Live has been bringing tribute shows to Port Perry for nearly three years.
“Ultimate Artists Live, in a nutshell, recreates the experience with the authenticity, and that translates to trying to nail down the look and the sound of the hits,” Mr. Black said.
He also said the company works hard to try and give people the best experience.
“With our tribute shows, we are very strict with our display. We want people coming out feeling like they saw the best tribute. We are very picky when it comes to the sound,” Mr. Black said. “Often times, we’ve had people saying how amazing the reproduction was.”
Recently, the company has elevated its approach, and is bringing artist Liona Boyd to Port Perry, in December.
Special to The Standard
What great looking desserts members were made and entered for judging at the October meeting. After judging, members were able to purchase a dessert of their choice.
Lizzie Matheson our speaker for the evening was great, with her demonstration of beautiful arrangements.
Our next meeting is November 7th, at 7:30 p.m. The speaker for the evening is Barbara Twiner, an accredited Horticultural and Design Judge and a Certified OHA judge.
Barbara will be demonstrating “Making Seasonal Wreaths”.
Just a reminder to our members to get their crafts ready for the annual Christmas Craft Sale at our December meeting.
Please join us at the Nestleton Community Centre, 3971 Hwy. 7A, Nestleton, all will be most welcomed. Please contact Shirley, at 905-986-5330, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAM ODROWSKI The Standard
Need ideas for how to decorate your home this Christmas? Come to the Uxbridge Rotary Christmas Home Tour, to view some professionally decorated houses, on Sunday, November 12th.
The self-guided tour features seven homes, and one historical site at the Uxbridge Museum. There is a variety of different types of homes on the tour, some of the houses include a large estate, bungalow, and century home.
“It’s a fun time out, if you’ve never explored Uxbridge, it’s a great opportunity to visit the town and surrounding areas and get a flavour for what we do here,” said Fran Taylor.
She added, “Many of our guests are from out of town, they come from Toronto, Barrie, Peterborough, Lindsay, and from all around the area,” They travel all the way to Uxbridge to see the beautifully decorated homes.“Those folks can buy their tickets online and pick them up at Wooden Sticks the day of the tour,” Fran offered.
The Rotary Club of Uxbridge takes great pleasure in hosting the tour and kicking off the Christmas season.
“As rotary we enjoy doing the tour, because it does kick-start the Christmas season for our retailers in town, restaurants, and all the businesses,” Fran said, “[They] enjoy the fact we have the tour, it promotes Uxbridge, and that’s one of the reasons we have a historical site each year on the tour, because we want to bring awareness and tourism to Uxbridge.”
The money raised from the tour goes towards funding the Rotary Club’s charitable initiatives in the Uxbridge community, as well as internationally.
Some of the local organizations the Uxbridge Rotary Club supports include: the Uxbridge Youth Centre, Lucy Maud Montgomery Society of Ontario, Uxbridge-Scott Historical Society, and Uxbridge Food Bank.
There are a couple rules for people who attend the Rotary Christmas Home Tour, such as no children and no photography of the houses.
Fran encourages everyone to buy tickets early, they have sold out the past two years in a row, and sales are capped at 1000 tickets. Hardcopy tickets are currently available for purchase, at the Canadian Tire in Uxbridge, Presents Presents Presents, and the Blue Heron Bookstore.
Alternatively, tickets can be purchased online at: http://uxbridgechristmashometour.ca/tickets/ and picked up the day of the tour, from Wooden Sticks Golf Course, on 40 Elgin Park Drive, in Uxbridge.
“It’s just a great day out, it’s $25 [for tickets] and it goes to a great cause, you get to see properties and homes that you wouldn’t normally have the chance to see, that have been professionally decorated,” Fran said.