EVE-LYNN SWAN The Standard
SCUGOG: As any fan of the novels or cable television series known as Outlander will admit, the Fraser name can cause pulses to race. The arrival of The 78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Band in downtown Port Perry on Sunday, April 7th should certainly be marked on the calendars of both Fraser fans and people proud of their Scottish heritage.
The cause of celebration is Tartan Day, a Canadian event proclaimed into law in 2010, but marked since 1986 in Nova Scotia. It recalls the anniversary of the Declaration of Scottish Independence on April 6th, 1320 when a letter regarding Scotland’s status and right to use military action was signed by the Chancellor of Scotland and Abbot of Arbroath, sealed by nobles, and sent to Pope John Paul XXII.
Jamie Fraser fans will know that his era was the 1740s and the battle he fought was the Battle of Culloden, on April 16th, 1746 and marked the defeat of Charles Edward Stuart. After this battle, the wearing of tartan was banned by the English monarchy but Tartan Day does not refer to Culloden, celebrating it as part of Scottish heritage instead.
Beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday, the Frasers, as the pipe band is known, will be joined by the Uxbridge Legion Pipes and Drums to lead a parade from Palmer Park to Reflection Park.
Much fun has been had in previous years as participants in the “Famous Scot Look-Alike” contest have also joined the parade, including some brave lads wearing kilts and sporting bare chests and blue-painted faces as they mimicked William Wallace.
Another Scottish character known to join the parade is Bonnie Prince Charlie. The Wee Tartan Shop’s Majorie Mason thought it would be a lot of fun if residents dressed up as Jamie and Claire Fraser, of Outlander, and joined the parade but anyone wearing tartan is welcome to follow the band.
At 2:30 p.m., the procession stops at St. John’s Presbyterian Church for a special church service called the Kirkin, or blessing, of the Tartan. At 4 p.m. the Port Perry Legion welcomes everyone, the look-alike contest is judged and the merriment of music and dancing begins. The supper menu features Scottish meat pies, haggis, mashed potatoes, peas, salad, a roll and dessert.
People of all ages are welcome to attend the supper and tickets are available for $20 at The Wee Tartan Shop in Port Perry before the event. Call 905-985-6573 for information.
SCUGOG: From the Producers of this season’s smash-hit musical, MAMMA MIA, at Town Hall 1873. Scugog Choral Society (SCS) Musicals is thrilled to present Dynamite Dames, the original musical by local playwrights Liz Auston and Conrad Boyce, originally performed in 2004, and back by audience request.
With over 40 Broadway musicals represented through characters and well-known musical numbers, with a revue-style score at its heart, Dynamite Dames celebrates the spirit of women. For years, Jane has lovingly dedicated herself to the wants and needs of a wonderful husband and two nearly-grown kids. A promising performer in a past-life, her only singing engagements in recent years were when the kids were little, her dramatic repertoire resting solidly with “Good Night Moon”. When a local theatre troupe shockingly earns first-dibs at staging a huge Broadway mega-hit musical (shades of SCS earning first rights to Mamma Mia!), Jane musters the courage to squelch self-doubt and audition for the show. But Jane is not alone in wanting to shake free of her own familiar role, as she is joined by a room full of over-qualified, talented women who appear to share in a similar dream.
GALA Night! Celebrate the return of this phenomenal show, at Diva Gala Night, Friday, April 5th, at 7 p.m. Dress to the nines in glitz and glam, inspired by a favourite Broadway Diva or Divo, or keep things casual! Ticket holders, on Friday, April 5th, are invited to a pre-show party, with delicious eats and beverages, starting at 7 p.m. After the show, stick around to meet the cast, chat with the creators of Dynamite Dames and members of the original 2004 cast. This is a licensed event.
Town Hall 1873 Centre for the Performing Arts is located at 302 Queen Street in Port Perry. Tickets are $28 for adults, $22 for students under 18. A group rate is available for groups of six adults or more, at a rate of $24 a person. To order tickets call 905-985-8181, or go online to www.townhall1873.ca
There will be five evening performances, to be held April 4th, 5th, 6th, 11th, 12th, at 8 p.m., with three matinees being held April 6th, 7th and 13th, at 2 p.m. The play is 2 hours and 35 minutes in length. This includes an intermission.
EVE-LYNN SWAN The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Durham West Junior Farmers’ Association brought documentary filmmaker Dylan Sher and his project to the Roxy Theatres of Uxbridge, on a recent Saturday afternoon, filling the small theatre with farmers and consumers eager to communicate about a subject dear to them all: Food.
In charge of a prestigious restaurant kitchen, on the 54th floor of a downtown Toronto office tower, cameras follow Chef John Horne, as he designed an entrée, based on ten ingredients available within a 100 km radius, then met the producer of each item.
Produced by Sher, a city dweller taking his agriculture degree at the University of Guelph, the film drew chuckles from farmers, gasps from consumers and groans from everyone during the screening. No one liked thinking of honey as “bee vomit.”
Promoted by the Junior Farmers’ as a fundraiser for a food bank and an agricultural education organization, film-goers were invited to a question and answer session at a local brewery following the film. Crop, dairy, beef and pork farmers donned named tags and made themselves available to answer questions about their livelihoods.
Comments from viewers ranged from nods, the “fair treatment of animal welfare and plant engineering issues” to “awe at the amount of propaganda for industrial agriculture on display.”
Readers wishing to view the film, Before the Plate, can rent it online, at www.beforetheplate.com, or see it at upcoming events listed on the website.
KAWARTHA LAKES: The work of the Kawartha Arts Network, an artists’ cooperative based in Kawartha Lakes, will be displayed throughout March at City Hall.
All are invited to visit City Hall, at 26 Francis Street in Lindsay, to enjoy more than 30 beautiful pieces from the group.
The Kawartha Arts Network strives to promote awareness of the importance of arts and culture in the Kawartha Lakes community and beyond. The group meets monthly, to exchange ideas and look ahead to the future of art in the Kawartha Lakes area.
“The Kawartha Arts Network encompasses the beauty of our municipality,” said Mayor Andy Letham. “Their organization does so much for the art and culture of Kawartha Lakes, so it’s an honour to showcase their work at City Hall.”
The exhibition at City Hall includes 35 oil, acrylic and watercolour paintings, as well as photography and mixed media artworks.
“We love pursuing our vision as artists in Kawartha Lakes,” said RoseMarie Condon, an artist from the Kawartha Arts Network. “We find its natural beauty and relaxed way of life inspiring to us.”
Kawartha Arts Network is involved with many exhibitions and shows throughout Kawartha Lakes each year. The show at City Hall will continue until March 29th. In order to showcase the work of many Kawartha Lakes artists, the artwork at City Hall changes approximately every month.
If you would like your work to be featured, please contact Christine Briggs, Executive Assistant to Mayor and Council, at 705-324-9411, extension 1310.
DURHAM: This dynamic duo will entertain us with an amazing array of musical styles including Cajun, western swing, rockabilly, jigs, reels and English/Canadian folk, all with an 'east coast' flair. Along with rich vocals, instruments played will include fiddle, accordion, keyboard, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, jaw harp, bodhran and Irish bouzouki.
Between them, they have performed on over 85 CD's including Stompin' Tom Connors, Irish Descendants, Mark Haines, Naming the Twins, Nancy White and Ron Hynes.
Come join us for a fantastic night of music and fun. The concert happens on Saturday, March 23rd at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. at Claremont United Church, 5052 Old Brock Road, Claremont.
Tickets are $20 at the door or email to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Tracey May at 647 982-4649.
SCUGOG: Port Perry resident Jeff Bardeau uses his imagination to create unique acrylic paintings and woodwork art pieces.
“I’ve been doing paintings since 1982, when I really started. I use my imagination, not trying to do anything realistic,” Mr. Bardeau told The Standard. “I always was a bit of an artistic kid doing things, so I just decided one time, I would start doing some art. I took a one semester painting course. That’s when it all kind of started.”
Mr. Bardeau and his wife Carol moved to Port Perry a few weeks ago. They had previously lived in Oshawa.
“I’ve always liked Port Perry because there is a nice arts community down here,” he said.
Mr. Bardeau shared that people have compared his works to those of Vincent van Gogh and Salvador Dali.
“I think of myself as Salvador Dali meets aboriginal,” he said.
Carol said her husband doesn’t usually start out with a full vision for his pieces when he starts getting to work on them.
“He doesn’t know what he is painting until he is finished. Somebody else’s hand is guiding him,” she explained.
Mr. Bardeau told The Standard that he can find inspiration everywhere.
“Inspiration comes from everything. Anything in this room could be an inspiration for a painting like that lamp. I could take that and abstractly change it into something,” he said.
During his process of creating art works, Mr. Bardeau commonly listens to suggestions from his wife.
“She gives me hints, she makes suggestions. She’ll tell me things that she sees and I’ll go ‘hmm,’” he explained.
Mr. Bardeau puts a lot of work into making his pieces as perfect as they can be.
“When I’m done I’m spent emotionally. I become drained when I’m done a piece. Sometimes after I look at a piece, I go ‘wow, did I really do that?,’” the local artist said.
Mr. Bardeau feels his works are open to interpretation.
“I don’t really like to name my items that much. I usually try to use a one-word title, only because I don’t want to take away from somebody seeing something different. I don’t want them to only see what I see, I want them to see their own imagery,” he said.
Mr. Bardeau is also constantly looking to add to his art skills repertoire.
“I always study other artists’ work to see if there is something I can apply to my art,” he said.
For more information, to see and purchase Mr. Bardeau’s works, search ‘Bardeau Art’ on Facebook or email this address: email@example.com.