KAWARTHA LAKES: People will have a chance to meet a multitude of local artists when the Victoria County Studio Tour returns this weekend.
There are 24 studio locations on this year’s tour, and people will have a chance to meet 33 artists. This is the largest number of artists the tour has had. Six of the tour stops will feature multiple artists.
The tour will be held on Saturday, September 23rd and Sunday, September 24th, as well as on Saturday, September 30th and Sunday, October 1st, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Each studio stop is offering a ballot to fill out, for a chance to win a $200 gift certificate.
Studio Tour chair Janet Tysiak explained why she thinks people should come out and take part in the tour.
“You can go to a store and buy whatever you want, but when you get the story from the artist, where the inspiration came from and how much work went into it, you appreciate what you are buying, knowing there was heart and soul put into it,” she said. “For visitors and up and coming artists, they get inspired by going to these shows. When they see the process and the amount of work that goes into it, there is a real appreciation of it.”
Ms. Tysiak estimated that close to 1200 people visited the studios at last year’s tour.
She also said there is a “real camaraderie” between the artists, and added there is a “really nice eclectic mix of art” on the tour.
The tour map can be picked up at the libraries and a variety of businesses in the community, or can be seen online, at victoriacountystudiotour.com.
For more information on the tour, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 705-887-2229.
Calling all fans of Barry Manilow & Bette Midler! Don't miss the spectacular live touring show, "Barry & Bette: A Las Vegas Tribute", coming live to the intimate Town Hall 1873 Theatre, Friday, September 22nd, at 8 p.m., in Port Perry. This audience interactive show stars the incredible Joe Passion and Kathy Thompson in the lead roles as Barry Manilow and Bette Midler.
This live performance offers Bette and Barry singing fun duets, mirroring their careers from the early musical days, as a duo 1970’s New York City. The audience will take a musical journey through their careers, with meticulous renditions of their greatest hit songs, including "Wind Beneath My Wings", "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy", "The Rose", "Mandy", "Copacabana", "I Write The Songs" and many more.
The likenesses Kathy and Joe have achieved as these pop icons is remarkable, but it’s the humor of the superstar’s dynamics and comedic timing, which Kathy and Joe have captured, that really sets this show apart from other tributes. This show is full of solid gold hits that leave the audience laughing, reminiscing and feeling good!
Tickets to see “Barry & Bette: A Las Vegas Tribute”, at the Town Hall 1873 Festival Theatre, on Friday, September 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 Street in Port Perry, or by calling 905-985-8181. Or they can be purchased online, at www.TownHall1873.ca!
Get your tickets now, for the best seats to this incredible show!
SAM ODROWSKI The Standard
The main trail through Elgin Park in Uxbridge will be lined with all different types of artists working on their pieces and live entertainers giving performances.
The trail will be filled with a variety of sculptors, fine artists, singer/songwriters, jewelry makers, photographers, dancers, fiddlers, and a pipe band
The event is free to attend and part of Uxbridge’s celebration of the arts. Amy Peck, the event organizer, told the Standard the event is meant to showcase local talent, especially younger artists.
“We are trying to target the youth in the community as well as established and emerging artists of any age. But we are hoping to get lots of youth talent in there,” said Amy Peck, event organizer.
The art community in Uxbridge is full of talent and very diverse according to Amy. She is always amazed by the number of talented people living in and around Uxbridge.
“It’s such an artistically rich community and it always floors me when I go around to the studio tours and open mics, it’s so diverse. There are so many different kinds of artistic talent here and we want to try and highlight that in as many ways as we can,” Amy said.
She is happy so many local artists will have a chance to showcase their work and be appreciated for the hard work that they do.
“I think it will be a cool thing to see people doing their art or playing their tunes,” Amy said.
She is pleased the event is taking place in Elgin park because of the wildlife and nature that surrounds it.
“Elgin Park is such a beautiful place and a great place to come and spend a Saturday,” Amy said. “To just be in the park and take in that atmosphere as well is great. I am always taken back by the matured trees, and all of the greenery.”
She encourages everyone to come out to the event, adding that the event can be fun for the whole family.
“Families can come through and enjoy the trails as well as celebrate Uxbridge's art community,” Amy told the Standard.
She encourages attendees to bring a picnic lunch and make an afternoon out of it. The event runs from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 23rd.
Any local artists or musicians who might be interested in setting up a space can email Amy at email@example.com. It is free to set up a space and great exposure to Uxbridge’s art community.
“I’d encourage local artists and musicians to get in touch because we’d love to have as many involved as we can,” Amy said.
SAM ODROWSKI The Standard
Port Perry and the communities that surround it are home to several beautiful houses, rich in both heritage and architecture.
On September 16th, there will be an opportunity to see many of these beautiful homes, during the 9th Annual Port Perry Town and Country House Tour.
“You get to see all the lovely architecture, gardens and get ideas for what you might want to do with your own home. As well, you are helping local charities,” said Shelley Bertrim, organizer of the tour.
The event is organized by the Prince Albert United Church and this year’s tour will feature four homes, a manor, a garden, and a new stop on the tour, the Scugog Shores Museum.
“Because of the [museum's] history and architecture, it’s a perfect addition to the tour this year,” Shelley said.
During the tour, ticket holders will have the opportunity to stop at the Port Perry United Church, to take a break and enjoy some homemade baked goods, coffee, and refreshments.
All proceeds raised from the house tour will go towards five local charities; Big Brothers and Big Sisters of North Durham, Community Care Durham, Joanne’s House, YWCA Durham, and North House.
“By supporting the house tour and these charities you make a positive impact on children, at risk youth, women, men, families, the elderly, and all aspects of our society in the North Durham area,” Shelley told the Standard.
She hopes the house tour will completely sellout their 500 tickets, like they have in the past.
“So far, in the 9 years, we have contributed over $90,000 to these local charities, and our goal is to keep supporting these worthwhile charities in our community,” Shelley said.
The Port Perry Town and Country House Tour has an overwhelming amount of support by sponsors in the community, which allows them to make an even bigger donation to local charities each year.
“We are a not-for-profit volunteer organization, so every sponsorship or product that gets donated helps to deter the cost we incur, and that increases the donation we can give to our charities,” Shelley said. “We are so grateful for the assistance of our sponsors, and we hope that people let them know they are making a real difference in their community.”
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online, at http://www.portperryhousetour.ca, or in person at the Port Perry UnitedChurch, at 294 Queen Street, or Royal LePage Frank Real Estate, at 268 Queen Street.
The tour will run from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., on September 16th.
Shelley encourages everyone in the area to come out and view some beautiful homes.