Gold Discoveredin Lanark County! - theHumm March 2020
Gold Discoveredin Lanark County! - theHumm March 2020
By Jill Carty
When you live a peaceful and tranquil life amongst the natural beauty and maple trees that capture the essence of the Lanark County countryside, the seasons serenade you with the renewal, growth, maturity and mortality that defines the circle of life.
When Spring graciously makes its appearance and awakens the local inhabitants — especially the plants, animals and trees — it is the undeniable sights, sounds and scents that hint at longer and warmer days ahead.
In Lanark County, the onset of warmer days coaxes the flow of one of Mother Nature’s most extraordinary gifts. In a matter of weeks, the sap that is collected from the thousands of tapped maple trees is masterfully boiled and transformed into the liquid gold that gives Lanark County its identity as the “Maple Syrup Capital of Ontario”.
With generations of family-owned sugar bushes dotting the landscape, countless memories have been made by parents and their little ones visiting their favourite sugar shack, year after year. Any child growing up in Lanark County who has been witness to pure maple syrup rolling down a golden stack of buttermilk pancakes will no doubt say that maple is their favourite sweet treat!
The first weekend in April is Maple Weekend in Ontario mapleweekend.ca . This is the time when the historic village of Pakenham shakes off the winter blues, celebrates the running of the sap, and is host to the Pakenham Maple Run Tour on April 4 and 5 mapleruntour.com .
Riding the coattails of Spring, the Maple Run Tour is as vibrant as the season. It brings together the works of seasoned artists, artisans and craftspeople whose shared spirit of self-expression is perfectly blended and showcased within the walls of unique shops, heritage buildings and working studios, as well as a historic general store, one-room schoolhouse, serene retreat house, public library, craft brewery and cider house.
You can feel Pakenham and the surrounding countryside buzzing as residents and adventurous visitors explore the local shops and artist tour stops. Will it be the friendly conversations with crafters and shopkeepers, an artist’s perspective fuelling the fire of the creative process, or tasty fare from the artisan food visionaries and master beverage producers that you will find most unique and refreshing?
Whether building upon your personal collection, selecting the perfect gift or livening up your pantry, travelling the Tour route is pure nourishment for the soul. As your day winds down, remember that the local shops are brimming with locally produced maple syrup and maple products. There has never been a better time to celebrate Maple Weekend by bringing home Mother Nature’s finest gifts of the season — Lanark County liquid gold!
The Pakenham Maple Run Tour and the village of Pakenham look forward to seeing you on April 4 and April 5, from 10am until 5pm. Follow the tour on Facebook and Instagram @mapleruntour or visit mapleruntour.com .
By Sally Hansen
Art… and Soul
The mere mention of Transylvania anywhere in the Anglosphere immediately conjures up the occult adventures of Dracula. Having never met anyone from Transylvania before, your intrepid arts reporter was both mesmerized and intimidated by my utter lack of knowledge of the background of this month’s featured artist from Arnprior.
Mária Moldován’s astonishing art is as unfamiliar as her background — and just as fascinating. This accomplished and multi-talented artist weaves he......
Maple Marches into the Valley! - theHumm March 2020
By Sarah Kerr
March! I can’t believe it! We’ve made it through the darkness and are heading to the light — with longer days and spring just around the corner. I find March is a favourite month of mine, not just because it’s my birthday month, but it’s also Nowruz (Persian New Year on spring equinox) marking a new year, a fresh start, spring!
I love planning March with kids because its full of maple goodness; there’s still snow but lots of sunshine to get the sap running. The beginning of the agricultural seaso......
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By Submitted Maureen Running and Nancy Chevrier, Social Justice Committee, CFUW Perth and District
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Stand-Up and Take Notice! - theHumm March 2020
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ADHS Presents Noises Off - theHumm March 2020
By Elizabeth Golding is a grade 12 student at ADHS
Come see Almonte and District High School’s latest play, and don’t forget the sardines! This year ADHS will be performing Noises Off, which was written by Michael Frayn in 1982. It was during a t......
By Sebastian Weetabix
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Destination Almonte has created a wonderful online resource for folks wanting to support their local merchants. At destinationalmonte.com......
TheHumm’s Daily Dose for March 27, 2020 Art Kits for continued creativity, and original art in exchange for ordering books! - theHumm March 2020
JB Arts in Almonte and Art & Class in Perth are both offering a creative way to stay creative: custom art kits that can be delivered or picked up! In Almonte, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org and......
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TheHumm’s Daily Dose for March 25, 2020 Bubbles & Bites, YouTube Yoga, and band banter with Blackie & the Rodeo Kings. - theHumm March 2020
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TheHumm’s Daily Dose for March 23, 2020 Online yoga, delivering groceries to seniors, and a virtual April Humm! - theHumm March 2020
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Sep 1 - Oct 30 Transition: Ginny Fobert, Judi Miller, Dayle VanAlstine
Sep 24 - Oct 24 Private Art Collection
Oct 19 Doug van der Horden
Oct 21 Jazz Night w/Spencer Evans
Oct 23 Jeff Callery
Oct 23 - 24 Red Trillium Studio Tour
Oct 26 Bon Evans & Dave Bull
Oct 28 Al Lerman
Oct 29 Matt Dickson
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- Fall Colours Walk at Blueberry Mountain
- Red Trillium Fall Tour
- Pumpkins-Plus in Perth Ghost Walks, Pumpkin Carving and More!