SINGING FOR A CAUSE: The Rolling Hills P.S. ‘Making A Difference Crew’ took to the stage at their Sick Kids fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 22, inside the Blackstock Arena Hall. The crew organized a carnival day, in lieu of Macy Scarlett’s birthday party, to gather toy donations for patients in Sick Kids Hospital.
BENJAMIN PRIEBE The Standard
SCUGOG: The Township’s local artists and Scugog Council for the Arts (SCA) members are making unique and enticing gift giving easy this holiday season!
Returning for another year, the SCA will present a showcase of local artwork and craft by its members, in various media.
Patrons will find everything from stocking stuffers and greeting cards to holiday gifts of fine art for the special people on their list.
The annual SCA Sparkle Sale, runs from Monday, Dec. 1 to Saturday, Dec. 20. Each one of the many items available will be a unique work of art created by one of the SCA’s talented member artists.
Readers are invited to join the SCA artists for holiday cheer at their Christmas Gathering kick-off event, on Dec. 1, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Meet the artists, choose from the best selection of artwork, and stay in town for the Scugog Santa Claus Parade, which begins rolling through downtown Port Perry that evening, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The SCA Gallery is located beside the Township Office at 181 Perry St., in Port Perry. Gallery hours are from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through to Saturday.
For more information on the Gallery or the Scugog Council for the Arts, visit www.scugogarts.ca or call 905 982-2121.
BENJAMIN PRIEBE The Standard
SCUGOG: Port Perry High School will continue its long-time tradition of Cafe Night for charity this month, with proceeds going to support the treatment costs of four-year-old Olivia Worr.
The event, which occurs at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, Nov. 19, allows students to audition for an ‘open mic night’ style performance event, and proceeds from the $5 tickets will be given to the Worr family.
“Usually, our donation goes to the Canadian Cancer Society or another group,” said Mr. Rory Snider-McGrath, head of Port Perry H.S. music department. “We’re keeping it local this time, and all of the kids wanted to do what they could to support this little girl.”
Mr. Snider-McGrath added that the group of organizers hope to surpass last month’s donation of almost $500, and are also hoping for an astounding turn-out.
Tickets for the event are $5 and will be available at the door of the school, further information can be obtained by calling the school at 905-985-7337, or by contacting a music student.
Karen Fox, President of the Port Perry Artists Association, carried out a live painting demonstration during the group’s annual Fall Art Festival this past weekend. Painters, sketchers and pastel portrait artists took over the Port Perry Scout Hall on Saturday, Nov. 8, to show and sell their creations.
Lynn Philip Hodgson celebrated the release of his latest work ‘The History of Special Operations in Canada’ on Saturday, Nov. 8, inside Books Galore in Port Perry. Mr. Hodgson is pictured above signing a book for a loyal fan and friend, while Mr. Hodgson’s wife, Marlene Hodgson, speaks with Regional Councillor Bobbie Drew. “Before we had special forces, special operations always existed,” said Mr. Hodgson. “This book traces them back to biblical times.” The book will be available at Books Galore.
SCUGOG: Get ready to see the latest and greatest work from the Port Perry Artists’ Association - during the collective’s annual Autum Art Festival!
Taking place on Saturday, Nov. 8 and Sunday, Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. , the show will see a gallery, refreshments and artist demonstrations inside the Scout Hall, located at 15585 Simcoe St. North, Port Perry.
According to Karen Fox of the PPAA, 21 local visual artists will showcase their work, featuring mediums such as watercolour, oil, acrylic and pen and ink drawing.
“Following the tradition of the Impressionists, our group has a strong following in the ‘En Plein Air’ or ‘In the Open Air’ style of painting,” said Ms. Fox. “Visitors to the show will also see many artists creating work among the aisles and doing live demonstrations - it’s very exciting.”
Other demonstrations taking place this weekend include landscapes done in oil paint, and a pastel artist who will create portraits of patrons at the show.
“The show will be all weekend long and the artists are available to talk while they work, so people will be able to watch the creative process in action,” said Ms. Fox. “I had a little girl run up to me at last year’s show and shout,’You are a real artist!’ It’s exciting to see how work gets from canvas or paper to inside a frame.”
For further information about the PPAA or their Autumn Art Festival, please phone Karen Fox at 905-213-3729.
Admission to the art show is free, and refresments and door prizes will also be available.
SCUGOG: The Port Perry United Church will host an exceptional concert this Sunday, Nov. 9, in honour of the nation’s troops on Remembrance Day.
Beginning at 3 p.m., the show will feature performances by many local performers and musical groups.
According to Tim Griffen, who is helping to organize the show, “The Remembrance Day Tribute is something we try to do as often as we can, it’s important for us to bring the community together and honour the men and women who fought for our freedom.”
The Port Perry United Church’s Senior and Junior Choirs will be joined on-stage by the Port Perry Children’s Choir, and local performers Cathy Pavlik-Griffen and Hayden Kerry.
The Port Perry #41 Army Cadets will act as honour guard for the show, and will provide a special performance by their Pipe and Drums Band.
Tickets will be available at the door, in exchange for a goodwill offering, which will be split between the P.P.U.C. Building Fund, and the #41 Port Perry Cadets - the P.P.U.C. plans to put their share of the money towards a new roof over the rear of the building, which is located at 294 Queen St., at the corner of Simcoe St.
Each group will perform a few songs each, varying from war songs to poems and dramatic readings - for a total concert length of two hours.
For more information, call the Port Perry United Church at 905-985-2801.