CHRISTOPHER GREEN The Standard
SCUGOG: The Barn Pottery is ready to accept students for a seven week course, starting the first week of April. If you're a hands on person who wants to try something new, The Barn Pottery is for you!
Krista Sweet is a true artist, who enjoys the instant gratification of working with her hands on pottery. She learned pottery with ease. She was educated in Mississauga, but was mostly self taught.
“A lot of it is through self motivation, to figure out how things work, how the tools work, and just doing it. Like anything, the more you do it, the better you get.” Ms. Sweet said.
From these beginnings, she started her own pottery studio, on her sister's farm, called “The Barn Pottery.” After setting up her studio, she was ready to get the word out about her classes.
“When I first started putting ads in the paper, The Standard ran an ad on the pending launch of the studio. It was great exposure for me then, and I really appreciate that.”
The response has been exciting for Ms. Sweet, and she's found teaching to be very rewarding.
“It's really gratifying to see someone whose never done it before, and just through encouragement and some guidance, creating things.” Ms. Sweet said, “I couldn't have asked for a better group to start with. They so look forward to every week, which is great! You can't ask for anything more than that as a teacher.”
Her students are the proof, as they too agree the experience has been exciting.
Student Bruce Hubbard said, “Krista makes it easy to advance quickly, by keeping the classes small. She helps each student over any hurdle at their own pace. Her enthusiasm has been addictive, always ready with helpful suggestions, samples and ideas. I had no idea of all the different steps required to turn a lump of clay into a beautiful and functional piece of art! Each step develops fun new skills; I feel like a kid again.”
His classmate, Ceilidh Baxter agreed; adding, “I've enjoyed every session with Krista and am always looking forward to the next. Her work is inspiring, her teaching is fantastic, and her love of creating pottery is contagious.”
Ms. Sweet recognizes that good art takes, not only enthusiasm, but time and effort too.
“Rome wasn't built in a day. I always relate my own success and failure [to my students].” she said, speaking of how she encourages her students. “If you get it the first time, the second time, the third time, consider yourself lucky, it just doesn't happen that often. The centering [of the clay on the wheel] is the hardest part. If they can master that, everything else is easy.”
Don't be intimated by the learning curve though, Ms. Sweet is here to help anyone interested in pottery, even complete beginners.
“All of these people, except one who had done it before, not one of them had worked on the wheel. And they're creating things, I'm so proud of them!” she said.
If making something you can be proud of, with your own two hands, is something you're interested in, then go to The Barn Pottery's website, at www.thebarnpottery.ca, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, and sign up for the seven week pottery course. In this course you'll receive seven classes that are three hours in length. The cost is $300, and classes begin the first week of April, so be sure to sign up early.
KAWARTHA LAKES: Giving the gift of a donation, on behalf of a family member, friend, teacher or coach, is a wonderful way to express your appreciation while helping the community. Kawartha Lakes Food Source has cards that we provide to those who want to make a donation instead of giving a gift.
As we are getting ready to wrap up our 15th year of operation, we wanted to hold the 1st annual art competition, and the winning images would be featured on the cards. There will be four cards in the series and they can be collected annually.
Four local artists shared their time and talents. Their submissions were all very different. “It was interesting to see the variety that people produced and they are all effective in their own way” said Judy Jackett, one of three judges of the competition and fellow artist. The images were from food markets around the world, to the beauty of our backyard, the hope of horses, and whimsical garden creatures.
The judges agreed that Sarah Burt’s whimsical, pen and water colour garden creatures were worthy of being the winning images for the cards. They are unique in colour and perspective, and will instigate conversations and admiration.
At the announcement, on February 8th, at Kawartha Lakes Food Source, the artists came together to celebrate their work. “I feel surprised and grateful! I was glad to donate the time to a cause that is so important.” Sarah Burt expressed.
On behalf of our nine member food banks and the Board of Directors, I would like to say a hearty THANK YOU to the artists and the judges for supporting Kawartha Lakes Food Source!
The cards featuring Sarah’s work will be available on April 1st. To receive a card, please come to the Kawartha Lakes Food Source distribution centre, at 41 George Street West, Lindsay, or call 705-324-0707. A charitable tax receipt can be provided to the donor or the recipient for donations over $20. Please provide this information at time of donation.
SAM ODROWSKI The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Get ready to laugh, sing, and tap your feet, as Ryleepuss Productions brings the Drowsy Chaperone to the Uxbridge Music Hall, from February 14th to 24th.
The jazz aged Canadian musical parody is a five time Tony award winning show. The play is a comedy that looks at a fictitious musical set in 1928.
The show begins with a musical theatre fan, all alone, in his one bedroom apartment. He flips through some records and puts one on called “The Drowsy Chaperone.” All of the sudden, the record comes to life filling his living room with various movie stars, gangsters, divas, and more.
“It’s fun for the whole family, it has a lot of singing, dancing and comedy. It’s light hearted but also quite heart felt. It does a really good job paying tribute and lovingly poking fun at 1920s musicals,” said Micheal Yaneff, Director of the play.
The cast for the production features some very skilled local actors as well as people from all over the GTA.
Michael said, “There is some very talented people in the show, with lots of different backgrounds, we have come up with a very strong cast and they play their characters really well.”
He added that the cast is very passionate about the production and have a strong appreciation for theatre.
“People come to do the show because they love what they do. You get to see a bunch of people with their hearts in it, putting on a show because they love creating theatre, singing, acting, and dancing,” Michael said.
He encourages everyone in the area who are looking for a good laugh to come out and enjoy a night at the Uxbridge Music Hall. Michael said it’s important to support local actors and productions.
Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors, and $16 for students, with taxes included. The shows are happening at the Uxbridge Music Hall, located on 16 Main Street.
The first performance kicked off at 7:30 p.m., on February 14th, and there are eight more shows between then and the last one, on February 24th. For more information about the show, visit: http://www.uxbridgemusichall.com/.
The 61st annual Sunderland Lions Music Festival, will be held from Monday, February 12th until Friday, February 23rd, 2018. Again, this year, the venues for this popular event are the Sunderland Town Hall and the St. Andrew’s United Church, in Sunderland.
The Festival will be officially opened this year by Mayor John Grant, on February 12th, at 9:30 a.m., in the Sunderland Town Hall, the home of the festival since its inception in 1958.
Daily sessions begin at 9:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Piano classes will take place February 12th to 16th. String classes will be on February 16th in the United Church. Most of the vocal, instrumental and school choir classes will be during the week of February 20th to February 23rd, at both the Town Hall and United Church.
The band sessions will be at Port Perry High School, with a combination of elementary and secondary band performances and workshops, on Wednesday, February 21st, and Thursday, February 22nd, starting at 3:30 p.m. Please check the festival website for an exact timetable.
Stars of the Festival Concerts, when all class winners are invited back for an encore performance, will be held at the Town Hall, from February 26th to March 1st, with each evening performance beginning at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $4.00 for adults and $1.00 for children.
Programs cost $4.00 each and are available at: the Port Perry School of Music; Pharmacy Associates of Port Perry; the Studio of Jennifer Neveu; Shopper’s Drug Mart, in Uxbridge; in Sunderland, at Pilgrim’s Home Hardware and Sunderland Guardian Pharmacy. A Festival Pass is available for $12.00, or admission to each individual session is $3.00. You may download the program at www.sunderlandlionsmusicfestival.com.
The Music Festival Committee engages highly qualified adjudicators, who will assist participants in developing technique, and encourage them in furthering their musical studies. Adjudicators for 2018 include Ellen Berry for piano, Witold Swoboda for strings, Dennis Ullman for instrumental and Pamela Birrell for vocal.
During the Festival, St. Andrew’s UCW serve lunch daily in the church banquet hall. Menus include homemade soups, sandwiches and delicious desserts at very reasonable prices.
The Music Festival Committee requests that participants and spectators park their vehicles in the parking facilities adjacent to the Sunderland Arena, so that the businesses on the main street can function normally.
We cordially invite one and all to attend the 2018 Sunderland Lions Music Festival.
SAM ODROWSKI The Standard
SCUGOG: The Borelians Community Theatre is bringing the play “Sisters” to Town Hall 1873 in Port Perry and will be performing six shows throughout February.
The play is meant to educate its audiences about what happened to indigenous people at residential schools in the 1960s.
The producer of the play, Kyle Brough said, “It is a very emotional and frank discussion of what happened at those schools. It is going to help audiences relate to that story in a very emotional way.”
The play couldn’t come at a better time, with Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau apologizing to residential school survivors late last year.
“The play is very timely; truth and reconciliation is on everyone’s mind all across Canada right now. It’s a conversation that most Canadians should be involved in,” Kyle Brough said.
“In Scugog we are a first nations town and I think that makes it extra important to have this conversation in Port Perry,” He added.
The play itself has great writing and the cast is full of fantastic actors, according to Kyle.
“It’s a really well written play. It’s very emotional, the characters are really relatable. The audience will go on a really emotional journey with these characters,” he said. “We have gathered a really great cast of Scugog volunteers.”
Due to the nature of the play, Kyle told the Standard the cast have been working hard to fully take on their roles.
“They have put a lot of work into this because with a show dealing with such subject matter on such an emotional level, they really have to dig deep to make sure they hit all of the right notes in the show,” Kyle said.
For the first showing, on February 16th, the play will have a gala night premiere, starting at 7:00 p.m., where people can come early before the show and enjoy free wine and deserts.
On the same night, the audience will be able to come onto stage and interact with the cast when the play is over.
“After the show there is a Q and A period with the actors, and [the audience] can tour the stage and see all the special effects and lighting from a first-hand view,” Kyle said. “They get to actually get up on stage themselves, touch the props on the set, and see how all the magic happens for themselves.”
All the performances start at 8:00 p.m., and run from February 15th to 24th. The play is happening at Town Hall 1873, located on 302 Queen Street, in Port Perry.
Kyle encourages everyone in the area to buy a ticket and check out the play. Tickets are $24 and can be purchased on the Town Hall 1873 website here, http://www.townhall1873.ca/.