SCUGOG: The annual Murder Mystery Evening, created by volunteer Sandra Carrier and performed enthusiastically by local volunteers, is coming back to the Scugog Shores Museum Village on September 7th from 7:30 until 10:00 p.m.
This is an interactive night of intrigue! 'Carry-On Diagnosis Murder' has been written to celebrate the re-opening of Lakeridge Health in Port Perry.
The year is 1967, the storyline revolves around a small hospital in financial trouble. Cardiologist Dr. Hartley Strangelove, and Matron Edna Catherine Graves, work hard to keep the doors open. Obstetrician Dr. Pryde has been causing many problems for the hospital. He is wasting supplies and has a terrible bedside manner. He has had arguments with many in staff including Rex the pharmacist, Luke the lab tech, and Dr. Max the psychiatrist. When Dr. Pryde is found dead in the Cardiology department, it at first looks like an unfortunate accident. However on closer examination, things don't look so cut and dry!
Prizes, donated by local merchants, will be awarded to the detectives who catch the culprit. Tickets are $20 and must be purchased in advance. Tickets sell out every year so get yours early to avoid disappointment (there is a maximum of 100 tickets sold)! Tickets can be purchased by calling 905-985-8698 x 103, or by emailing email@example.com. This event runs rain or shine, and is recommended for ages 16 and up. Please dress for the weather and bring a flashlight.
Jonathan van Bilsen
Special to The Standard
SCUGOG: For the past forty plus years, I have been photographing the world, only to realize the most picturesque scenery, rivalled by any location, is right here, in our backyard.
Port Perry, along with the rest of Scugog Township and the lake, make this one of Canada’s most picturesque towns. I searched for publications, which depict the beauty of the municipality, but found very little. There are lots of historical references, but no current pictorial overview.
I set out to photograph the lake, the farms, the town and the boroughs, with the intent of producing a photo book, which serves as a keepsake as well as a gift for visitors and residents alike. The book was published in May, and has been well received. I was delighted when I was asked to create a photographic exhibition of the book, to be shown in the Kent Farndale Gallery.
The exhibition runs from September 29th until October 25th, with an opening reception on the 29th at 2PM.
Along with photographs, the book also contains articles from my Standard column, ‘The Story Behind the Person’, to give readers a glimpse of the fantastic beauty and people who make up our town. With the election looming around the corner, it is great to be able to showcase all that is good in the place we call home.
The gallery exhibition will feature 35 framed photographs of Scugog Township, as well as many small prints and cards, and of course, copies of the book.
If you have time on September 29th from 2 to 5 p.m. I would be honoured to meet you at the Kent Farndale Gallery, 231 Water Street in Port Perry, in the Library.
UXBRIDGE: The first weekend in May is always a great time in Uxbridge, when "uxperience" volunteers take to the stage to sing, dance, play instruments and perform hilarious skits - all for charity!
This wacky crew is already gearing up for uxperience 2019, which will run on May 2nd, 3rd and 4th, and will have the theme "Ux-traordinary People - Not all Heroes Wear a Cape!" Now, that sounds like fun.
The uxperience registration/information meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 12th, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Uxbridge Music Hall. All past, present and new members are welcome!
Next year's show will be directed by Kathy and Mike Bridgeman. "I'm privileged to be back for my 5th time as show director," Kathy says, "and this time my hubby, Mike, is taking off his producer hat and is co-directing."
Cut-ups Rich Helms and John Wood will direct the skitters; which is apparently akin to herding cats.
Music will be under the direction of Christina Enns, with James Brown as Assistant Music Director.
Dancers will thrive under the leadership of Wendy Dunn and Christine Bowman, and the show is being produced by dynamo Cathy Newton.
The uxperience group is looking for new members who would like to get in on the excitement.
Next year will be the show's 28th anniversary. Over the years, uxperience has raised more than $140,000 for local organizations including Cam's Kids, the local hospital, Canadian Tire Jumpstart(r), COPE Mental Health Uxbridge, North Durham Hospice, sports facilities, children's projects and seniors' programs, to name just a few. For more information on uxperience and what's in store for 2019, visit uxperience.ca.
Come on, you know you wanna. Show up on the evening of September 12th and discover what uxperience is all about. Have fun while helping our community. If you have questions, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you in September!
This year the Port Perry Fair is fortunate to have two great musical talents grace our stage. Ben Hudson will be opening for Meaghan Patrick on Sunday September 2nd at the Port Perry Fair grounds.
There are no advance tickets for this concert as the cost for the concert is included in the gate pass for the fair.
Meet Meaghan Patrick
“There's always a high and lonesome song that keeps on pushing me along." This line from the title track and lead single of Meghan Patrick's latest album Country Made Me Do It is classic country and serves notice that she is determined to revive and carry the traditional torch. Meghan lives hard and loves hard, and her songs reflect this passion. She loves trucks, fishing and hunting, riding horses and a good stiff glass of whiskey, and all of these elements fuel her countrified lyrics. Think the free spirit of Emmylou Harris from those magical days when she performed with Gram Parsons, combined with the spark and sensuality of Tanya Tucker, the only female to crack the Outlaw genre, and you begin to have some idea of what Meghan Patrick is all about.
It's been a banner year-and-a-half for the Bowmanville native in terms of radio play, live shows and awards ceremonies. Her debut album Grace and Grit, sprouted four Top 20 singles including her stirring duet with Joe Nichols on the Top 10 hit Still Loving You. In concert, she's performed with superstars like Lady Antebellum, Dwight Yoakam, Kip Moore and Martina McBride, peaking with a show-stopping duet with Keith Urban at the Timmins Stars & Thunder Festival. She topped things off by winning Female Artist of the Year and Sirius XM Rising Star awards at the 2017 Canadian Country Music Awards.
"I did not expect those awards and I was certainly overwhelmed at the time. Now I just feel really appreciative and grateful that my fans and peers felt that I deserved those honours. In one sense you can say that my career has been kind of short in terms of being in the mainstream and having a record deal, but within the last year the trajectory has been huge."
Country Music Made Me Do It was produced by veteran Nashville song writer and producer Jeremy Stover, and mixed by studio heavyweight Chris Lord-Alge who has won Record of the Year Grammys for his work with everyone from Alison Kraus to U2. Meghan's debut record had a potpourri of producers including Nickelback's Chad Kroeger and Vince Gill but this time out she was looking for a more homogenous sound and she feels that she struck gold with Stover.
"When we started the project we wrote together, coming up with several songs for the album. Jeremy and I really clicked well and we had great chemistry in terms of writing. We eventually got a large chunk of the songs together through him and some of the other writers in his publishing company. When he said he'd love to produce the album I said, 'Well yeah, I thought you'd never ask'."
Meghan, who now lives in Nashville, co-wrote all but one of the 12 tracks on the album. Some of her other co-writers include Kelly Archer (Brett Young, Dustin Moore) and Justin Weaver (Kip Moore, Jason Aldean), who helped pen Walls Come Down, an ominous number about family strife. Case Of Beer And A Bed, written with Derick Ruttan and J.T. Harding (Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney), is a sentimental song about going back to the basics. Meghan co-wrote the title track with Stover and roots singer/songwriter Dan Isbell. The singer has recently experienced a lot of highs with the CCMA Awards and chart successes that she has earned, but there have also been a few lows such as the end of a long term relationship. Country Music Made Me Do It captures some of the peaks and valleys with heartfelt emotion in a traditional country setting.
"It's just kind of a thing where music in general has been the driving force behind almost every decision I've made in my life. To facilitate my career it's always been my priority and my number one objective, so you could say that country music made me do a lot of things. I love traditional country music. It's my passion and my goal has been to bring a little more of that traditional sound into the mainstream country market. A lot of what's out there right now is more on the pop side of country and there's nothing wrong with that, but it's just not what I want to do."
Meet Ben Hudson
Ben Hudson is a country singer-songwriter from Uxbridge, Ontario. His smooth, rich vocals have been compared to Josh Turner and Brothers Osborne although his country-rock influenced songwriting is similar to that of Eric Church and Aaron Lewis. His self-titled EP was released in early 2016, gaining the attention of CMT Canada who made him their "Fresh Face" artist and also earned him a nomination at the 2016 CMAO Awards for "Rising Star."
In June of 2016, he released his first single "Redneck Summer" to country radio. In its first week, the single was in the top 5 DMDS downloads and added into rotation at many major market stations across Canada. This strong debut helped secured a spot at the inaugural CMT Music Fest. Topcountry.ca named him one of their top artists to watch in 2017 and the Country Music Association of Ontario selected him as their January 2017 "Artist of the Month."
Ben recently opened for Juno Award Winner Brett Kissel on his 2017 "Ice, Snow & 30 Below" tour and his 2018 "We Were That Song" tour. He is currently in studio recording a new single to be released this summer.
SCUGOG: Experience a fresh perspective and explore a world of colour and natural beauty in the upcoming exhibit "Perspectives in Colour + Form" by Cathy Lombard, Timothy Moore and Patrick Moore. The opening Reception will begin Saturday, August 25th, at 2 p.m. The show will run August 25th through to September 27th, in the Kent Farndale Gallery, in the Scugog Memorial Public Library, at 231 Water Street in Port Perry.
Three artists combine their talents in this vibrant show, using diverse media including paint, ceramics and photography. The theme of this exhibit is colour and form in a landscape of the discarded, forgotten and ancient.
The Kent Farndale Gallery is open 7 days a week during library hours. Please call 905-985-7686 for more information.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: Scugog residents are invited to come out to the Scugog Shores Musuem Village and take a trip back in time, on Sunday August 26th, when the annual Pioneer Day event returns.
The event is expected to include heritage demonstrations, games, crafts, and a vendors market. The heritage demonstrations include wood and soapstone carving, the blacksmith at work, butter making, the printing press, log sawing, a cider press and more.
The annual event will be held from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for students, $3 for seniors and $2 for children ages 5 to 12.
Scugog Shores Museum Village Supervisor, Elizabeth Arnold, told The Standard why she believes the event has been so popular every year, stating “there is such a wide variety of things going on” and that the event offers “something for all ages.”
The Scugog Shores Museum Village is located at 16210 Island Rd. on Scugog Island.
KAWARTHA LAKES: Singer-songwriter Kylie Alora, released her new single, “At my Worst”, with Radar Love Records. Kylie is a pop singer out of Lindsay, and is rising in popularity.
With this newest single, “people can expect a new Kylie, someone who has gone through a lot of life experience lately, and wants to share those experiences through music”, said Kylie. The objective of the single is to be “real, raw, and authentic, to reach out and hopefully change a life."
For Kylie, making this song a reality was “frustrating, heartbreaking, and beautiful, all at the same time”. There was a vision in place for what Kylie and her team wanted this to be: “it was hard to get back into that place that I didn’t want to go in my mind in order to write this song, I wanted to create a piece of art that people could feel something from."
Kylie Alora was not the first one in her family to be involved in the music world, “my mom was a gospel singer and my dad was a drummer”. Kylie has had an outpouring of support in this industry, “my family has always been there for me and believed in me, as well as my fiancé, he is always encouraging me and holding me through my happiness and tears."
For Kylie, being a musician, is an opportunity for her to say what she feels and to “make an impact in someone’s life through music which is a really powerful thing, music is my peaceful place."
CLAUDIA SYTSMA The Standard
SCUGOG: After a few years hiatus, the board of the Port Perry Fair has decided to bring back one of its most treasured events, a definite crowd pleaser. Organizers Paul Puckrin and his daughter Julie are thrilled to announce the Port Perry Pet Show has returned. This year it will take place on Monday, September 3rd, at the Entertainment Shelter. Registration is at 9:30 a.m., and the Pet Show begins at 10:00 a.m. All kinds of pets are welcome! Each pet must be accompanied by a child aged 12 or under, and an adult, and be on a leash, or in a cage.
Julie Puckrin said, “When I was growing up I always loved this show, so I am so glad to be working with my dad to make it happen again. It's so much fun, and gives the kids a chance to show off their pets.”
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes will be awarded in each category.
1st Place: $15, 2nd Place: $10, 3rd Place: $5.
The categories are as follows:
1. Best Costume
2. Best Trick
A trick of your choosing - show off your pet’s talent!
3. Most Looks Like Owner
Props and costumes permitted - get creative!
4. Most Unusual Pet
Any and all varieties of pets are welcome!
5. Least Obedient Pet
Show us how your pet won’t walk on a leash, won’t sit, won’t come out of their shell... whatever safely shows that your pet has a mind of their own when it comes to commands.
6. Best Pet - for Owners ages 10-12.
Young owners should come prepared to share a brief story about their pet, and why they think that story shows that their pet is the best pet! Stories can be funny, heart warming, silly, whatever moment or memory you think shows that your pet is the very best.
7. Best Pet - for Owners ages 5 years old and under
8. Best Pet - for Owners 6-9 years old
For any further inquiries or questions, please call Fair Board Secretary Bonnie Lebovic, at (905)985-0962.
Very special thanks to the sponsor of this event, Oakridge Plumbing Ltd.
CLAUDIA SYTSMA The Standard
SCUGOG: An anonymous donor is offering $1000 to the best Buttertart Baker that Port Perry can find. Unfortunately, for all the ladies who love to bake, they aren’t included.
This event, at the Port Perry Fair this year, is only for men. Brent Herrington of Herrington’s Quality Butchers has been given the task to hone his taste buds and select the best of the bunch.
Brent stated, “I’m not sure why the Fair Board picked me to be the judge, but I’m sure glad they did! I love buttertarts, and I can’t wait to try all the samples.”
When asked if he would like to sell the winner’s buttertarts at his shop, Brent just laughed. “As much as I love sweets, I’ll leave that to the bakeries, and just stick with the protein.”
Rules for the contest are as follows:
•There will be a first prize only, winner takes all! 2 runner ups will be announced.
•First prize tarts will become the property of the sponsor. Tarts served to everyone after the winner is announced.
•Previous winners of the “Men’s Only” contest are not eligible to enter.
•Amateur bakers only.
•No tart crust or fillings mixes-must be made from “scratch”.
•Any size - i.e, can be round, square, rectangular or any creative shape.
•Entry fee into the contest is your entry into the fair grounds on Sunday, September 2nd.
•Age - male only - ages 10 and up.
•There will be tags to fill out at the entertainment centre.
•Judging is at 12 p.m. on Sunday. No pre-registration required.
Note: Entries for this contest will only be accepted at the Entertainment shelter, on Sunday September 2nd, prior to 11:30 a.m.
Entries for this contest will not be accepted at the fair office, or on any other day.
As for Brent, he is warming up for the big event and feels he has just the right amount of expertise to accomplish this very formidable task!
Brent’s Butcher Shop is located at 251 Queen St., in Port Perry, and is open 7 days a week.
And on behalf of the Standard Newpaper, we would like to thank Brent for his generous donation last month of $7,000 to the Port Perry Hospital Foundation.
SCUGOG: "Welcome to the Hotel California".
Calling all fans of legendary 1970’s Country-Rock group “The Eagles”!
On Saturday September 22nd, the music of The Eagles will be celebrated at the intimate Town Hall 1873 Theatre in Port Perry, with a new, international touring show called “Take It Easy: The Story of The Eagles”. Comprised of some of Canada’s leading session musicians, "Take It Easy" will perform all of the classic hits from the Eagles extensive career with amazing accuracy.
This special, one night only performance, will be comprised of two sets, with the first half featuring all the songs from the multi-million selling album “Eagles Greatest Hits 1971-1975” including “Take It Easy”, “One of These Nights”, “Tequila Sunrise”, “Peaceful Easy Feeling”, and “Desperado”, among the audience favourites.
After an intermission, the band will return with more classic hits, from the latter portion of The Eagles career, including “Life in the Fast Lane”, “The Long Run”, “Heartache Tonight”, and their signature song “Hotel California”. As a bonus, the multi-talented cast will also perform solo hits, made famous by Eagles band members Don Henley and Joe Walsh.
Tickets to see the show at the Town Hall 1873 Theatre, on Saturday Sept. 22nd, at 8 p.m., are on sale now. Value-priced at only $39 all inclusive, available at the theatre box office, located at 302 Queen St. in Port Perry, or online at www.TownHall1873Theatre.ca, or by phoning: 905-985-8181. Get your tickets early to ensure the best seats!