Friday Nights Just Got A Lot Better! - theHumm September 2019
Friday Nights Just Got A Lot Better! - theHumm September 2019
By — Glenda Jones
Mississippi Mills has always been a source of brilliant speakers who modestly hide their talents under the radar. However, Almonte Lecture series organizer Warren Thorngate has persuaded many to share their considerable knowledge. This year’s series is no different, ranging in topics from comedy to electron microscopes. On the final Friday of most months from September to April, the Almonte lectures are presented to entertain and educate.
Entertainment will be the crux of September’s lecture by local comedian and cabaret host Rachelle Elie. Rachelle, who honed her comedy skills at Fringe and Comedy festivals, has written and performed her own material, earning her national nominations and spots on Just For Laughs in 2018. Her lecture will delve into the nature of humour, with many personal anecdotes along the way.
Everyone cocoons as fall approaches, so learning how to foster age-friendly communities will be appropriate. Psychologist Louise Plouffe has had extensive experience developing policies for age-friendly communities, from a UN perspective as well as in the city of Ottawa. She has in-depth knowledge of how this idea has become a focus for urban planning globally, and likely will have suggestions for our own community’s further exploration.
In November, Publisher Edith Cody-Rice and Editor Brent Eades, the two driving forces behind the Millstone News, the very successful source of all things local, will share their experiences starting the online publication and identifying its importance in the news coverage of our area. Edith Cody-Rice and Brent Eades are both on the Michener Awards Foundation, and have considerable journalistic backgrounds working at the federal government level.
January is time for a virtual walk in the park with Gerry Lee, a long-time Parks Canada systems planner who has worked with Wildlife Service as well as in parks planning. Gerry was instrumental in the development of the National Parks programs. His interests still lie with wildlife habitat as he manages his own property in rural Pakenham.
It won’t be navel-gazing but we will be looking at things close-up in February when microbiologist Jeff Fraser discusses electron microscopes. This lecture is sure to provide some unique illustrations. Bring your brain to this lecture and learn something about Transmission Electron Microscopy and Focused Ion Beams. What better words to toss out at the next dinner party?
Favourite lecturer Paul Marland will be back in March for an exciting look at the last Tsar of Russia. This story never ceases to engage historians, and Paul will have new ideas to share. Paul’s insights into history — the anecdotes often overlooked, the questions left dangling —always make his lectures exciting and informative. As a retired high school teacher, Paul knows how to grab our attention and make his lectures come alive.
The final (April) lecture of the series will feature Ross Lambert, a veritable Renaissance man whose career has taken him from the navy to a hobby farm in Elgin, Ontario. Ross has had an interest in the story of Norman Bethune, Canadian doctor and political revolutionary, whose contributions are recognized more in China and Spain than in Canada. It’s time his accomplishments were more fully recognized on his home turf.
These lectures are an integral part of the extended education the organizers have established for the pleasure of our community. High school students in particular would find these lectures a valuable steppingstone to higher learning, not only for the information but the networking they can provide. The lectures are held at the United Church Community Centre on Elgin Street, Almonte. They start at 7:30, and usually last an hour and a half, with Q&A sessions following. The best part is that these lectures are absolutely free, although a donation basket is strategically placed at the entrance. Everyone — and we mean everyone — will be heartily welcomed. All the lectures are outlined more fully at almontelectures.net , with biographical notes on the presenters. Watch the Millstone and theHumm for updates on the current monthly offering.
By Sally Hansen
Art… and Soul
The idea of a solo artist gallery is one of those challenging concepts that requires a very special combination of ingredients to produce a gourmet feast instead of an overdose of variations on the same theme.
At MonSky Creations Gallery, located in the heart of Merrickville’s blooming arts enclave, Monica Viola succeeds in serving up a delicious banquet of originality. Her eclectic art works are constantly displayed and refreshed as she continues her unfinished symphony of ......
Canada’s sweetheart Jill Barber heads out on tour this fall with her Dedicated to You tour, a special series of concerts composed of dedications from her fans to their loved ones. The three-time Juno nominated singer-songwriter will open the floor to requests and dedications of her most-loved songs through her website, where fans can share the stories and memories associated with her music.
Jill’s critically acclaimed repertoire spans a transformative spectrum from folk to vocal jazz and pop, a......
By — Paul Joyce
Anyone who’s ever heard a farmer’s daughter joke knows that the cultural differences between the country and the city are fertile ground for humour. When rural rubs up against urban, friendly gibes seem to sprout like snap peas in springtime.
That’s where the play Ed’s Garage begins. But at its heart, this smart, good-natured comedy about rural life is as thought-provoking as it is laughter-inducing.
Opening on September 19 at the Studio Theatre,......
The nights are getting shorter, the leaves will start to change soon, and that can mean only one thing: it’s time for the annual murder mystery at The Station Theatre! This year’s show is Death by Design by Rob Urbinati. It’s part murder mystery, part farce, part love story, and all entertaining! Samuel French asks and answers the question: “What happens when you mix the brilliant wit of Noël Coward with the intricate plotting of Agatha Christie? Set during a weekend in an English country mano......
By — Jennifer Miller
Come on in! The Ontario Heritage Trust has invited communities across the province to open the doors, gates and courtyards of their unique and most fascinating cultural sites so we can see inside. Satisfy your curiosity and get behind normally closed doors to experience intriguing interiors, where you will be inspired by rare and exceptional materials, craftsmanship and design. From historical houses to modern marvels of construction, Doors Open Ontario has something for everyone!
Great Music for a Green Party Stephen Kotze Fundraiser a Star-Studded Affair! - theHumm September 2019
Mark your calendars and save the date — Saturday, October 5 at 7pm at the Perth Civitan Club — for a must see (and hear!) musical event. The evening will feature some of Canada’s best-known and critically acclaimed musicians, who just happen to live in the Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston riding and support Stephen Kotze as federal Green Party Candidate!
Performing in this stellar show will be Juno nominee James Keelaghan, multiple Juno award-winner......
The Ontario Festival of Small Halls is embarking on a musical wanderluster’s dream schedule this month — bringing stunningly creative forces in Canadian music to intimate settings close to home from September 12 to 29. The Festival will be shaking up small stages for the sixth consecutive year, offering extraordinary chemistry and charm throughout three weeks of musical bliss in places like Almonte, Balderson, Tatlock, Pakenham and more.
Musical mavericks, trusty veterans and awe-in......
By — David J. Stephenson is a retired federal policy guy who now divides his time between life on the Mississippi in Almonte and roughing it in the bush on two acres near Pakenham
Quick: what do these five downtown Almonte buildings all have in common: the Victoria Mill, the Thoburn Mill, the Old Post Office, 65 Mill Street and 78 Mill Street?
If you knew that they were all buildings that have been renovated over the last 26 years by the Almonte Heritage Redevelopment Group, allow yourself a smug smile. What you might also know, if you have been reading the Millstone recently, is that these five buildings have been shortlisted for a national heritage award.......
Thirty-one local artists have been selected to participate in this year’s Expressions of Art Show and Sale hosted by the West Carleton Arts Society. This show, which has been celebrated annually ......
By — Glenda Jones
Learning in Almonte and Almonte Lectures are pleased to announce a new evening course that will be a great primer on local government. Whether you are a regular council meeting attendee, are cons......
By — Shaun McLaughlin
For five years in a row, the gardeners of Mississippi Mills have risen to the Great Veggie Grow-off challenge to win the coveted GVG cup. Preliminary tallies for the nine participating towns show......
Fragments of Canada’s History Richard Gill’s Annual Show at Bittersweet Gallery - theHumm September 2019
What historical or past events do you think of when pondering what has shaped the Canada we know today? For artist and sculptor Richard Gill, history varies and fascinates — from tragic to victor......
Accomplished pianist and composer Tim Nast is set to release his new album on October 4, and will be hitting the road from October 4 to November 16 for his fall tour across the Ott......
The famous author Herman Melville once said: “To know how to grow old is the master work of wisdom, and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living.” In an effort to aid in the ......
Perth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Perth BJJ) opened last year, but come September will be moving to a bigger and better space in the Perkins Building. Located at 2 Wilson Street, the building was recent......
By — Adriane Armour
I’ve always loved the company of children. Children think with a different kind of mindset than adults do. Their curiosity is still intact. They are willing to try new things. Children blend play......
By — Judith Scott
Walk along Mill Street from the Town Hall towards Beckwith Street, glance to the right and you can’t miss it — an amazing mural completed three years ago by artist Shaun McInnis. It is colourful,......
MMLT’s Exciting Fall Nature Events Discovering Nature, Hiking at Blueberry Mountain, and Liking Lovely Lichens! - theHumm September 2019
By — Carolyn Piche
It’s been an exciting, nature event-filled spring and summer at Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust (MMLT) properties — but we’re not done yet! Three more “Discover the Wild” wilderness series event......
By — Danielle K.L. Grégoire
How is it September already?! I know we are all feeling it, the end of summer, back-to-school feelings. This year I am greeting the fall with elation, because this year I go into the autumn with ......
Starting in September, Blues On The Rideau (BOTR) returns to the Cove Inn in Westport for their fifteenth fabulous season. This dinner-and-show series is recognized as one of the premier blues se......
May 22 - Sep 5 Head Over Heels
Jun 11 - Jul 9 Eric Uren on the Patio
Jul 4 Jason Kent
Jul 4 The Texas Horns
Jul 5 Without Willow
Jul 7 Joel Plaskett
Jul 7 Jay Smith
Jul 7 The Tempest
Jul 8 Sean Pinchin
Jul 9 Book Signing: Rod Carley
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