KAWARTHA LAKES: On May 16th, 1943, the Royal Air Force 617 Squadron launched a bombing assault on two German dams that destroyed two power stations, damaged factories and mines, and killed roughly 1,600 civilians.
Dubbed Operation Chastise, the legendary secret mission is the inspiration behind Ted Barris’ latest bestselling book, Dam Busters: Canadian Airmen and the Secret Raid against Nazi Germany.
On Tuesday, February 26th, the celebrated Canadian author will stop by the Lindsay public library at 6:30 p.m., to share the true story of the night that changed the Second World War.
The secret raid against Germany’s Ruhr River dams took years to plan, involved an untried bomb, and included the best aircrews Allied Bomber Command could muster, many of them Canadian. The raid marked the first time the Allies tactically took the war inside Nazi Germany.
Every one of the 133 airmen on the mission understood the odds of survival were low. Of the 19 bombers outbound, eight did not return. The operation cost the lives of 53 airmen, including 14 Canadians. Of the 16 RCAF men who survived, seven received military decorations for valour.
Dam Busters is Barris’ 18th non-fiction book, published by HarperCollins. Two days following its release last fall, the book landed on the Globe & Mail’s bestsellers list, where it remained for seven weeks straight. His previous book, The Great Escape: A Canadian story, won the Libris Non-Fiction Book Award.
The free presentation takes place in the Meeting Room located on the bottom floor at the library. Light refreshments will be served. Barris will be available to chat following his presentation.
The reading is supported by funds from the Friends of the Lindsay Library.
Valentine's Day is an opportunity for couples to celebrate their love for each other, whether their relationship is relatively new or has endured through many years.
According to estimates by the National Retail Federation, Canadians could spend close to $2 billion on Valentine's Day this year. While chocolates and champagne are high on the list of most-purchased items for February 14th, couples should not feel beholden to tradition on Valentine's Day. This year may be the perfect time to try something new, even if it's out of couples' comfort zones.
Here are some novel ideas for couple's looking to set their celebrations apart.
Paint and sip:
Couples can take part in a growing trend this Valentine's Day. At paint-and-sip events, people are guided step-by-step through the process of painting their own masterpieces. Breaks are provided through the evening to indulge in beverages and snacks of choice. Couples can bring along a bottle or two of wine, or other non-alcoholic beverages, and a platter of cheeses, chocolates or other Valentine's Day fare. Those interested can inquire at their nearest paint and sip location, such as Pinot's Palette, for Valentine's Day specials.
Couples who are naturally competitive or devoted sports fans can enjoy the evening by engaging in some healthy competition. Some restaurants host trivia nights, or couples can head to the nearest arcade and battle it out. Panic and escape rooms are cropping up in towns across the country. These employ 60-minute real-life experiences in which participants must solve clues to escape the room. This can be a great bonding experience for fun-loving couples.
Although some couples may dine out on Valentine's Day, men and women who like to dabble in culinary arts can prepare their own meals from the comforts of their own kitchens. Others may want to enroll in classes that provide expert instruction from area chefs or culinary instructors. Cooking classes can be an ideal way to spend time together learning skills that can be put to use again and again.
Couples who like to push the envelope can explore the possibilities of thrill-seeking activities. Some may include bungee-jumping, hot-air balloon rides, taking laps at the racetrack, or hitting the ski slopes.
Valentine's Day might be a time for romance, but couples should not hesitate to buck tradition and spend the day together engaging in activities that accommodate their interests.
The 62nd annual Sunderland Lions Music Festival, will be held from Monday, February 11th until Friday, February 22nd, 2019. Again, this year, the venues for this popular event are the Sunderland Town Hall and the St. Andrew’s United Church, Sunderland.
The Festival will be officially opened this year by Mayor Debbie Bath-Hadden on February 11th, 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 a.m., 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Piano classes will take place from February 11th to 15th. String classes will be on February 12 a.m., guitar classes in the p.m. Most of the vocal, instrumental and school choir classes will be during the week of February 19th to February 22nd, 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 20th and Thursday, February 21st, starting at 3:30 p.m. Please check the festival website for an exact timetable. Stars of the Festival Concerts, when winners are invited back for an encore performance, will be held at the Town Hall, from February 25th to February 28th with each evening performance, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Admission is $4 for adults and $1 for children.
Programs cost $4 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, or admission to each individual session is $3. 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.
During the Festival, St. Andrew’s UCW will 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 the businesses on the main street can function normally.
We cordially invite one and all to attend the 2019 Sunderland Lions Music Festival.