CHRISTOPHER GREEN The Standard
SCUGOG: Local author, photographer, and Keynote speaker, Jonathan van Bilsen, has released his new and 11th book, "Picture Port Perry", a collection of photographs of Port Perry. Along with the photos, the book includes various editions of his column "The Story Behind the Person", originally printed in The Standard, which highlights unique and interesting local citizens.
This truly local book, by a truly local author, showcases Port Perry at it's finest, both in the past and the present. The photos artistically display the town, countryside, and the wild life of the area. A special section in the back of the book lists where each photograph was taken.
"There's nothing else like it out there." Said Mr. van Bilsen, pointing out, while there are many historic books of Port Perry, there's no dedicated picture book giving you a tour of the town, like his does.
Local politicians have lauded the book. "Jonathan has captured every facet of our township through his fantastic photographs." Said Scugog Mayor Tom Rowett.
"I'd like to commend Jonathan for putting together this unique collection." Said MP Erin O'Toole.
Local MPP Granville Anderson had this to say, "Jonathan does a great job at showcasing our community's beauty. In fact I have a number of his photographs in my constituency office."
Mr. van Bilsen's advice to aspiring photographers is to, "find a niche, become the best you can and learn about marketing. It's very difficult to make money as a photographer, or as any artist and unless you know how to successfully market your craft it will be a challenge," he said.
During the month of October, photos from the book will be displayed in an exhibition at the Kent Farndale Gallery, located within the Scugog Memorial Library, at 231 Water Street, Port Perry.
Copies of "Picture Port Perry" will be available for purchase for $35, at The Standard, Port Perry Print, Books Galore, Antweek, the Scugog Chamber office and The Coach House Studio, to name a few. You can also order your copy online, at www.photosNtravel.com. For more information call Jonathan van Bilsen at 905-925-1343.
Summer is just around the corner, and Theatre on the Ridge has another season of captivating live theatre for all ages, at Festival 2018 - from 20th century classics, family favorites, Canadian comedy and drama.
Festival 2018 takes place through July and August in Port Perry, with 5 productions, an original Lake Scugog themed childrens’ play, a company cabaret and 2 new stories for Pine Grove Plots, the popular theatrical cemetery walk which debuted in 2017. Festival 2018 has something to keep visitors, and residents in town all summer long!
Theatre 3x60 recently changed its name to Theatre On The Ridge, but continues to be Durham’s entertaining and innovative professional theatre company, captivating lives on and offstage. Each summer Theatre On The Ridge presents professional theatre and musical productions, of new Canadian and international works that entertain and engage audiences, pairing a quality big city theatre experience with the welcome and appeal of small town rural hospitality.
Returning to Theatre on the Ridge this summer are several cast members from past seasons, including Michael Williamson and Lexi McRae (Salt-Water Moon), Duncan Gibson-Lockhart (Mary’s Wedding) and Liam Lynch (Godspell). The company also welcomes several new company members, well known local actors, and for the first time, summer apprentices, to the summer roster.
The Festival 2018 line up includes: The Melville Boys, by Norm Foster; Peter Pan, by J. M. Barrie - sponsored by Vos’ Indpendent Grocer; The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams; Armstrong’s War, by Colleen Murphy; The Drowning Girls, by Beth Graham, Charlie Tomlinson and Daniella Vlaskalic; Speakeasy Sunday, a cabaret evening featuring the artists of the company; and Monsters & Milfoil, original theatre for young audiences made possible with the support of the Scugog Council for the Arts and the Scugog Lake Stewards.
Joining artistic director, Carey Nicholson, director of The Melville Boys, Peter Pan and The Drowning Girls, are Annette Stokes and Michael Serres, as co-directors of The Glass Menagerie and Pine Grove Plots, and Duncan Gibson-Lockhart joins as co-director of Armstrong’s War.
Monsters and Milfoil: A Tale of Lake Scugog will be created and directed by members of the company.
All productions are held at Town Hall 1873, 302 Queen St. Port Perry, with the exception of both Monsters and Milfoil: A Tale of Lake Scugog, which will be presented at the Scugog Memorial Public Library, on Tuesday afternoons, and Pine Grove Plots, which will take place both in Pine Grove Cemetery, Prince Albert (Sunday afternoons) and downtown Port Perry (Wednesday evenings).
Full show, cast and ticket information can be found at www.theatreontheridge.ca. Tickets are on sale now at www.townhall1873.ca.
UXBRIDGE: The 48th annual Tour of Homes will be taking place June 2nd, starting at noon and ending at 5 p.m.
“This tour will definitely not disappoint,” organizer Corinne Croxall said.
This year’s tour will include six homes, such as a renovated farmhouse on a property which was awarded a Canada 150 award, and a home with an indoor pool and a renovated barn in which to enjoy tea and music. The tour will also include Buckingham Fine Art Studio which is just out of town.
Trinity United Church will also be serving refreshments, including tea and cookies, throughout the day.
“It’s a great way to celebrate a lovely early-summer Saturday,” Ms. Croxall said.
The Tour of homes is put on by the Trinity Church every year for the United Church Women, to support local outreach like children's camps, the local food bank, Sunrise Pregnancy Centre, as well as mission projects like Sleeping Children Around the World.
This year, the Trinity United Church are expecting 300 to 350 participates, but have had as many as 500 before.
Tickets can be purchased online, at Luke's Country Store in Port Perry, Stouffville IDA, Pharmasave Pharmacy, Shoppers Drug Mart, Presents, Presents, Presents in Uxbridge, and Trinity United Church.
You can purchase tickets up to June 2nd for $20, but the price jumps to $25 day of the home tours.
For more information, you can visit their website, at www.trinityuxbridge.com, or call the Church office, at (905)852-6213.
UXBRIDGE: Join acclaimed antiques appraiser and fine art advisor Janet Carlile at the Uxbridge Historical Centre, for a fun and informative program, discovering the history and value of your fine art object or antique.
Best known for her multiple tours with the very successful Canadian Antiques Roadshow, Janet will share her knowledge and enthusiasm for European and Canadian fine art, furniture, and decorative arts. For more information about Janet visit: www.janetcarlile.ca
Participants are invited to bring up to three items, at a cost of $15 per item, for Janet to evaluate and appraise.
An afternoon session will be added as needed. Observers are invited to attend this very interesting and educational program for a small fee of $8. Members of the USHS may attend as observers at no cost.
Camp Date & Time: Saturday, June 23rd, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Uxbridge Historical Centre, 7239 Concession 6, Uxbridge.
To register online: go to https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/Townshipofuxbridge/
For more information contact the Historical Centre, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 905-852-5854 to reserve your spot.
CASSIDY MCMULLEN The Standard Newspaper
SCUGOG: The PROBUS club of Port Perry will be celebrating their 2nd anniversary, with a golf and BBQ luncheon this year, on June 25th.
PROBUS club is a non-political, non-sectarian, non-profit, non-fundraising club, for semi-retired and retired people looking to socialize.
In Canada, there are over 240 PROBUS Clubs with over 34,000 members.
The Port Perry PROBUS club has 275 members, and as of June 13th, will have split to form an Uxbridge PROBUS club as well.
Before retiring, Judy Spring, president of the Port Perry PROBUS social committee, was the Dean of business at Durham college.
“When you quit work, it’s surprising you don’t keep a lot of friends from work,” Ms. Spring said. “If you can imagine, there’s not a lot you would go out with on a Saturday night.”
Ms. Spring explained why having a PROBUS club is good. It brings like-minded people together and allows opportunities to socialize.
“This gives more opportunities for people in our age group,” Ms. Spring said. “Everyone attends the things that resonate with them.”
The Port Perry PROBUS club has social events every month for members, along with their monthly meetings which include speakers.
“We have varied people come in to talk on various topics,” Ms. Spring said. Most recently, Toronto author Peter Jennings spoke at a meeting.
They have 25 different interest groups for activities like euchre, hiking, lawn bowling, bridge, music, investment, movies, art, reading and golfing.
They also hold trips like their Strafford trip to see The Music Man, their upcoming August trip to Quebec for whale watching, and a cruise to Spain next year.
The anniversary BBQ will be held at Scrambles Restaurant, at the Foxbridge Golf Club in Uxbridge. Golfing will take part in the morning before the BBQ, and there will be a cash bar.
It’s $25 for a ticket to celebrate with the club and tickets should be purchased before June 1st. There will be a choice of hamburgers, veggie burgers, chicken burgers, sausages and salads at the BBQ followed up with an anniversary cake and desserts.
Event goers will be entertained by the musical stylings of Irwin Smith and have the opportunity to win door prizes.
The PROBUS club has set up a special rate of $32.50 for nine holes and a cart for the day of. If you are interested in this offer, indicate the interest while signing up for the event.
The event is only open to PROBUS club members and guests.
If you are interested in becoming a member, memberships are $50 a year for the first year and $30 every year after.
PROBUS club meetings are every third Tuesday of every month, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Hope Church in Port Perry. If you’re interested in joining, you can either fill out a membership form on the website or come to a couple of meetings.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Local Country Music star Leah Daniels is inviting fans to help her celebrate the release of her new album "The Story" in Uxbridge this weekend.
An album release party will be held at Second Wedge Brewery, in Ms. Daniels’ hometown of Uxbridge, on Saturday, May 26th. The event is open to all ages. It will begin at 7 p.m. and runs until 9 p.m.
Tickets to the release party can be purchased online, at www.leahdaniels.com/store. Second Wedge brewery is located at 14 Victoria Street, Uxbridge.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: Redman’s Antique Barn on Scugog Island held their annual Spring Fling at their store, on Saturday, May 12th.
Multiple vendors were outside selling their wares, and live band Duel Exhaust performed. There was also food and beverages available. Marcelle's Kitchen was giving out free samples. The antique barn was open during the event.
Owner Al Young stressed the event is not meant to make money off of the vendors, but instead to bring the community together.
“The purpose of it is to draw people to the property,” he said.
As well, Mr. Young told The Standard, the event is always “very successful.”
He also wanted to take the time to welcome one of the newer businesses, Island Grill, to the property.
For more information about the store, call 905- 985-7157 or check out Redman's Antique Barn on Facebook.
Redman’s is located on Scugog Island, at the corner of Hwy. 7A and Island Rd., at 15751 Island Rd.
CASSIDY MCMULLEN The Standard
KAWARTHA LAKES: All aboard! The Apple Blossom Town Trolley Tour will be in the Lindsay area May 18th.
Just in time to see the apple blossoms, this San Francisco style trolley will take participants on a guided tour with live music by Darren Bailey, throughout town for a day trip.
Participants will load up at 9 a.m., to hit spots like Lindsay Art Gallery, Dromoland Orchard and Stables, the Washburn Island historical tour, Country Sampler Antiques and Corneil’s Country Auction.
Along the way, brunch will be provided by Smitty’s restaurant, a buttertarts and coffee treat at Buttertarts ‘N More Family Resturant, and homemade fries at Spudster ‘Best Ever’ Chip truck.
The Town Trolley is stationed out of Little Britain, at Dromoland Orchard and Stables, at 598 Elm Tree Road.
The all-inclusive tour will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and costs $99. If interested, you can call 1-800-979-2913 or email email@example.com.
CASSIDY MCMULLEN The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Award-winning Canadian author, Lawrence Hill visited Uxbridge Secondary School to talk to over 75 students from eight different high schools, May 4th.
Mr. Hill is best known for his book 'The Book of Negroes', but he has also written other pieces, like The Deserter’s Tale, Some Great Thing, and his newest book, The Illegal.
He set up the talk to be a Q and A event, focusing student’s questions about how he became an author, the business of writing, his writing process, researching and black history.
“It’s wonderful to be read by students,” Mr. Hill said. “A typical high school student steps into a book way more than the average person.”
Mr. Hill said high school readers are some of his favourite readers to talk to because of the way they dive into analysis and discuss novels.
“They're really smart and engaged,” Mr. Hill said. “They’re really the best readers you can ask for.”
“He didn’t talk at us, he talked to us,” Grade 12 student, Julia DiPassio, who attended the talk, said.
She read The Book of Negroes in her American history course, and enjoyed talking about writing as a career.
“I really like how he talked about pursuing life, but also having to put food on the table,” Ms. DiPassio said. “You can do what you want to do… you have life outside of work.”
Some students were interested in attending because they wanted to become writers, but others were interested in the topics Mr. Hill explores in his books.
“The perspective you get in this book, from what it was actually like, is so much more than you ever get from a teacher standing in front of the class teaching you,” Tegan Edgson, a grade 11 student, said about The Book of Negroes. “You get to actually understand a bit [of] what’s it like to go through something like that.”
Ms. Edgson was also introduced to the book in her American history class by her teacher Dan Amenta.
“It’s been able to bring a really good perspective to the class,” Mr. Amenta said.
He arranged for Lawrence Hill to come to Uxbridge to talk about the book and answer student questions.
“The goal of this opportunity was to inspire students at Uxbridge but also at other schools,” Mr. Amenta said. “To engage in the work that needs to be done in equity and social justice.”
During lunch, Mr. Hill sat with students talking about writing, what it’s like to have his work adapted to television, and success in writing.
“No writer expects that sort of success,” Mr. Hill said, talking about the hit The Book of Negroes had become. “Let’s face it most writers will never have that sort of success, so most never expect it.”
Mr. Hill still encourages students to write, but also to find a sustainable means to support themselves while they chase their dreams.