SCUGOG: Fans of Billy Joel, Elton John, Burton Cummings and other piano greats are in for a treat when "Billy Joel and The Piano Men" comes to the Town Hall 1873 Theatre for a special one night only performance, on Saturday May 5th, at 8 p.m., this unique theatrical performance combines live music with humour, costumes, and interesting stories about the songs and performers being highlighted.
True to the shows name, the "Piano Men" performance features a wide variety of musical styles from a diverse range of piano legends. In addition to Billy Joel, Elton John, and Burton Cummings, Tournay will perform songs from other piano greats, including Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Little Richard, Ray Charles, Nat King Cole, Floyd Kramer and even the flamboyant Liberace.
Backed by members from the amazing Memphis Cats band, song highlights include "Crocodile Rock", "Great Balls of Fire", "My Own Way To Rock", "Georgia", "It's Still Rock and Roll To Me", "Blueberry Hill", and of course, Billy Joel's signature song "Piano Man", amongst many other classic piano songs.
Tickets to see “Billy Joel and the Piano Men” at the Town Hall 1873 Theatre, on Saturday, May 5th, 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, by 905-985-8181, or on-line at www.TownHall1873Theatre.ca.
Get your tickets now for the best seats to this incredible show!
KAWARTHAS: When professional artist Karen Richardson relocated to Lindsay from Port Perry, four years ago, she came with a 15-year tradition of opening her studio to the public every spring, as part of the renowned Lake Scugog Spring Studio Tour. She has been a professional painter for 31 years and is a popular painting instructor and author of Watercolour Toolbox, an award-winning painting instruction book.
Now, comfortably settled into the Kawartha Lakes community and having completed renovations to the studio and gallery space in the lower level of her home, Karen is pleased to revive her spring tradition of welcoming the public into her creative space.
During the last weekend in April, at her studio/gallery, visitors will be inspired by a collection of 40 watercolour landscapes and nature studies, created in a realistic style that makes the subjects seem to come alive. Karen mounts and frames her watercolours without the use of glass, providing an unimpeded view of her artwork from any angle.
With original paintings ranging in value from $200 to $2000, in addition to art cards and reproductions, Karen is certain that many guests will find perfect pieces for their own collections. Everyone attending is eligible to enter a free draw to win one of Karen's original paintings.
Karen Richardson Studio is located at 271 Angeline Street South in Lindsay (across from St. Thomas Aquinas school), and will be open to the public on the weekend of April 28th and 29th, from 1 to 5 p.m. both days. All are welcome.
For more information, visit www.karenrichardson.ca or phone 705-324-4881.dson.ca or phone 705-324-4881.
UXBRIDGE: Attention all residents of Uxbridge and area, let’s go fishing again! Yes, it’s true. The 16th annual Uxbridge “Huck Finn” Youth Fishing day is just around the corner! The event, sponsored by Canadian Tire, is supported by the Ministry of Natural Resources, Uxbridge Township, the Royal Canadian Legion, the Optimist Club, the Pickering Rod and Gun Club, the OFAH, Zone “G”, the Uxbridge B.I.A., and last but not least, the Durham Region Police.
On Saturday, April 28th, everyone is once again invited out for a great fun-filled day of fishing. Elgin Pond will be the home of 100’s of Brook trout, just waiting to be caught by any participant 15 years of age and under. The kick off for the event will be a Huck Finn parade. Starting at Elgin Park, at 9:15 a.m., all children and parents are encouraged to dress up in your best Huck Finn outfits. Decorate your bikes and wagons too! All parade participants will be entitled to a V.I.P. fishing area after the parade. There are lots of special prizes for those participating in the parade!
We have some fantastic prizes too! Participants have a chance to win a prize and are guaranteed a fun filled day of fishing. Bring your equipment, we’ll provide the bait to all registered participants! To register, pick up your ribbon ahead of time at any of the following locations: Uxpool; Uxbridge Legion; Presents, Presents; Blue Heron Books; and Canadian Tire. You can also get them at the Pond on the day of the event. If you don’t have any gear, the Pickering Rod and Gun Club will be pleased to lend it to anyone 15 and under!
This year’s event promises to be another tremendous success. We encourage the entire community to come out and have a great time with your family! Don’t forget the Huck Finn parade too! Watch for the posters detailing the event. It promises to be a great time!
For further information contact Pat Higgins, at (905) 852-3315, or Amanda Ferraro, at (905) 852-7831.
SCUGOG: The David Festival, a celebration of Christian worship through the arts, returns to Scugog, on Saturday, April 14th, 2018.
Everyone is invited to “Come Together” for an exciting evening of worship, at New Song Church in Port Perry, at 7:00 p.m.
It has been 10 years since the idea for a Christian arts festival was conceived in Scugog! From its humble beginnings in Port Perry, with a choral workshop for traditional choir, expanding to multiple locations, weekends and workshops across Scugog and Brock townships, the David Festival has impacted and nurtured many Christians across denominations.
Each year it has grown to further reach its vision of encouraging, equipping and enabling churches to glorify God through music and the arts. The David Festival has gathered together leading practitioners from around the world and across Canada, to share their expertise and skills with Christians and local churches, who want to get better at incorporating the arts into worship with excellence.
The festival has attracted visual artists, choristers, worship bands, writers, poets and preachers, composers, photographers, actors and more, for a unique learning and sharing experience. Well-known Christian artists who have been featured in the past include: Ali Matthews, Andy Park, Robin Mark and Brian Doerksen.
Entitled "Come Together", this year’s festival gathering will once again promote various art forms of worship including: singing, painting, spoken word, dance and much more. Ali Matthews, a multi award winning musician, composer and teacher, returns to perform her songs and share stories. Also featured will be Patty Bowman-Kingsley (painter), Karen Stiller (writer), as well as a worship band from Uxbridge Baptist Church and the New Song Chancel Choir.
“This is a unique opportunity for Christians of all backgrounds to join together and worship under one roof”, says Susan O’Riordan, one of the organizers of the event. “The evening will embrace the heart of what the David Festival has exemplified over the years. It’s going to be a wonderful celebration!”
No tickets are required for this event, but a free will offering would be gratefully received. Don’t miss this opportunity to “Come Together”!
KAWARTHA LAKES: It is said that, “All good men and women must take responsibility to create legacies that will take the next generation to a level we could only imagine.”- Jim Rohn.
A major step towards creating a legacy, for taking the future of the culture of our community forward to a new level, was announced on Thursday, March 29th, 2018, at the AGM of the Kawartha Lakes Arts Council.
A $50,000 gift to Kawartha Lakes Arts Council has been received, to be used by the Cultural Centre Committee, a jointly formed committee of the Kawartha Lakes Arts Council and the Kawartha Heritage Network, to commission a Feasibility Study for a Cultural Centre in the Kawartha Lakes.
The gift comes from an anonymous local family who are strong supporters of the arts and have recognized the need for seed funding for the proposed CKL Cultural Centre.
Culture is the lifeblood of a vibrant society, expressed in the many ways we tell our stories, celebrate, remember the past, entertain ourselves, and imagine the future. Our creative expressions helps define who we are and helps us see the world through the eyes of others.
Ontarians participate in culture in many ways; as audiences, professionals, amateurs, volunteers, and donors or investors.
"I was happy to hear that the Kawartha Lakes Cultural Centre Committee will be going forward with a Cultural and Heritage Centre feasibility study. This could be of great benefit to the art and cultural community in the City of Kawartha Lakes, helping boost tourism and improve quality of life. I look forward to seeing the results of the study, and seeing the options on the specific functions and enhancements to the community that the centre could provide." said Jamie Schmale, MP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock.
“I am grateful to the Kawartha Lakes Cultural Centre Committee for the contributions it has made over the past 3 years to the promotion of local art, culture and heritage. I’m very excited to learn what the future holds for them and their important work!” said Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes- Brock.
“A very exciting time for arts and culture in our community. A Feasibility study is a great first step to lining up funding opportunities. Congratulations to all involved.” said Mayor Andy Letham.
A subcommittee of the Cultural Centre Committee has been formed, to oversee the Study process and prepare an Request For Proposal (RFP), and is comprised of Kawartha Lakes Arts Council Chair Dianne Lister, CCC Chair Susan Taylor of the Kawartha Art Gallery, Academy Theatre Past Chair Valmay Barkey and Debra Soule Economic Development Officer - Arts, Culture and Heritage for the City of Kawartha Lakes.
The Feasibility Study will look at a range of things regarding a possible centre, with any recommendations going through a series of public consultations before any decisions are made. It is expected, a call for proposals will be sent out by the early fall of this year, and the Study will be completed by mid to late 2019.
“Exhibits and displays, classes and studios, offices and retail shops, archival and artifact storage, services and support for cultural organizations and groups in the region; a Cultural Centre can be a community hub made up of whatever the people of Kawartha Lakes want it to be,” said CCC Chair Susan Taylor.
“This is an exciting first concrete step in a journey which could transform the cultural landscape of the Kawarthas,” said KLAC Chair Dianne Lister. “It shows how individuals and families who care about culture can make a difference”.
The $50,000 will be held by the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough and additional donor investment conversations are welcomed.
KAWARTHA LAKES: The Annual Spring Train Show, held each year, since 1974, continues to attract large crowds of ardent train fans, as well as families seeking entertainment. However, It’s all about the kids.
A Thomas the Tank interactive layout will be appearing this year, along with a Lego Train Layout presented by our Junior Member, Keevan Fitch.
For the bigger kids, the moms and dads, there is plenty to see, with replica vintage layouts, to fantasy layouts created from the minds of existing railroad modeling enthusiasts.
The 44th Annual Lindsay Train Show will be Saturday, April 7th and Sunday, April 8th this year. The event will be held at the Victoria Park Armoury, 210 Kent Street West in Lindsay. Admission for adults is $5, children six to twelve are $2 and children under six years old are free.
This year, the Lindsay & District Model Railroaders will be sponsoring our Annual Model Train Show, once again featuring some of southern Ontario’s best operating model train layouts and hobby dealers, an enduring attraction for both model railway enthusiasts and residents alike.
Thank you to all who contributed to that success, the City of Kawartha Lakes, exhibitors, dealers, the media and the many volunteers.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: The Scugog Community will be getting a taste of Scottish tradition when the annual Tartan Day celebrations return, on Sunday, April 8th.
The festivities get underway at 2 p.m., with a parade going up Queen St., from Palmer Park to Reflection Park. Then, the event will continue at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, with the 78th Fraser Highlanders holding a Kirkin of the Tartan service.
“Tartan Day was started by a lady in Nova Scotia and is celebrated more in North America than it is in Scotland. A parade is held in New York City every year, so we at The Wee Tartan Shop decided that we should do a parade in Port Perry, and so it started in 2009. We have done a parade in Port Perry ever since,” read a press release from organizers from The Wee Tartan Shop.
At 4 p.m., the event will continue at the Port Perry Legion, located at 484 Bay St. The legion portion will include official speeches, music and dancing, the Famous Scot look-a-like contest and dinner.
Tickets for the Legion celebrations are $20, and must be purchased in advance. You can buy the tickets at The Wee Tartan Shop in Port Perry.
For more information, call The Wee Tartan Shop, at 905-985-6573.
CHRISTOPHER GREEN The Standard
SCUGOG: Local church, Victory Christian Centre, is holding a screening of Canadian Christian film, “Adam's Testament”, on Saturday, April 7th.
According to the Internet Movie Database, the plot line is as follows. “Adam a young musician had the perfect life until one day everything changed. His father, detective Joseph Gable continues on a relentless path to save Adam's soul as angels and demons are disguised as humans. This ancient spiritual war between good and evil will test their faith as a dark stranger descends on modern day Toronto.”
For executive producer, Todd Yuill, and co-executive producer, Philip Moran, the film was a labour of love. Also credited as an executive producer, is Elva Yuill, Mr. Yuill's late mother, who wanted a wholesome film attached to her name.
“Mum and I, we are the ones that paid for the movie. Mum passed away one day before she was able to see the film.” said Todd Yuill. Through the creation of this film, Mr. Moran and Mr. Yuill grew closer, with Mr. Moran saying he had “adopted” Mr. Yuill into his family.
For his part, Philip Moran, both co-executive producer and lead actor, said he found the film to be a learning experience that grew him. “I see films, as how I do them and how I play them, as really a great journey of learning and expanding what I know and what I've learned.” he said. “I took this very seriously... it worked out perfectly.”
Mr. Yuill believes this film and it's story of redemption, even amid darkness, will be able to reach people, “Mum and I ... we both got the message that there was something for someone in this movie.”
Pastor John, of Victory Christian Centre, told The Standard how the church came across the film. “It was brought to us by the [executive producer] and one of the actors.” he said. “We're always looking for a Christian perspective on movies, so they invited me to see it... To me it's a story line that people can relate to. Sometimes in life things happen but we discount the spiritual side to things, and this movie brings out the spiritual side to life; the good side and the evil side... it shows how the good needs to overcome the evil.”
The movie is likely to get people thinking about spiritual matters, and Pastor John said the church and pastoral staff are available to help those with questions.
The movie was approved by the Dove Foundation, a website which reviews the content of films said to be faith-based films. However the film does deal with some thematically dark material and therefore the Dove Foundation recommends it for adults eighteen or older. The 18+ rating is described as follows on their website, “the 18+ seal is reserved for God-glorifying messages that have more mature elements according to our criteria.”
“Adam's Testament” will be shown on Saturday, April 7th, at 7 p.m., at Victory Christian Centre, located at 593 Alma Street in Port Perry. For more information visit victorychristiancentre.net or www.adamstestament.com.
SCUGOG: Stretch your artistic perspective and explore a world of fluid and diverse beauty in the upcoming exhibit "Bathing Beauties and Blue Lagoons", by Suzanne Moreau and Nancy Simmons Smith. The opening Reception will begin Saturday, April 7th, 2018, at 2 p.m. The show will run April 7th – May 3rd, 2018, in the Kent Farndale Gallery at the Scugog Memorial Public Library, 231 Water Street in Port Perry.
Throughout history artists have painted women bathing. Suzanne Moreau was inspired to do the same, by women at the Peterborough YMCA pool. The subjects of her Bathing Beauties series are devoted aqua-fit participants and athletic synchronized swimmers, whose pleasure in the pool is apparent. Blue Lagoons are abstract and non-objective paintings, created by Nancy Simmons Smith to complement these wonderful portraits. They explore the interaction of blue hues, inspired by the watery environment in Suzanne Moreau’s lovely and sensitive Bathing Beauties, with the aim of creating a cohesive show of portraits and non-figurative work.
The Kent Farndale Gallery is open 7 days a week during library hours. Please call 905-985-7686 for more information.
CHRISTOPHER GREEN The Standard
BROCK: Like Maria in “The Sound of Music”, Chatfield Room owner Kim Biggar enjoys collecting her favourite things.
Ms. Biggar said, “My site has something for just about anyone, although that's not really been my goal. I just find things I like or find interesting and hope other people will, too.”
The Chatfield Room, a brand new online store in Cannington, has bargains, brand new and vintage, to be found at www.chatfield-room.com.
The business has a wide variety of items and is a great local source for brand-new duvet sets, comforters, sheet sets, and cushions. It also has new jewellery with insurance certificates, which is sold for a quarter of the insurance value. You can find new, vintage, and antique dishes, home decor, and furniture as well.
The list of items The Chatfield Room sells is not limited to the above, because new items are added regularly.
Ms. Biggar's prices are significantly lower than the same items on well-known e-commerce sites. "I check prices and can always offer items for well less than the regular prices on other sites, because I have very little overhead: no employees, no rent or heat expenses. I can pass on the great deals I get to local shoppers."
While it is a local endeavour, Ms. Biggar will also deliver locally. She said, “It says on my site that I don't ship. Generally, that's true, because I can't afford to offer discounted shipping rates, which people pretty well expect nowadays. My idea with this business was to provide good stuff locally at great prices. However, I will deliver locally, and will sometimes be able to do so without charging a fee. If I plan to go in the buyer's direction in the near future, and the buyer is willing to wait, I will drop off items. If the person lives somewhere that I don't generally go, I'll deliver but will charge a fee to cover the gas.”
"If you see something you like, get in touch with me through the website, and I'll hold the item until you can come to see it,” Ms. Biggar said, adding that payments can be made by cash or e-transfer only.
To find your new favourite things, visit www.chatfield-room.com and place an order today.