The LovelyLook of Spring - theHumm May 2021

The LovelyLook of Spring - theHumm May 2021

By Glenda Jones

In the fall, when we were on the cusp of nothingness (much like we are again now), I decided to go through the closet, haul out all my “good clothes” that I would normally have worn to lectures, concerts, and occasions when I didn’t want to look like I’d been dragged through a knothole backwards, and I’d alternate them every day, wearing something nice just because I could. This simple exercise boosted my morale no end. Besides that, I found sweaters at the bottom of the drawer that I hadn’t worn in ages.

I got so proficient at sorting out something new every day that I needed to strip out the whole closet and assess everything. Thus, the purple sweater that did nothing for me anymore got thrown in the Hub bag along with the red and black harlequin number that I’d had for years. A couple of others that I’d bought on a whim went as well. No use keeping things that I was sifting to the bottom of the pile regularly.

After Christmas, when I didn’t need anything more fashionable than fresh jeans and the sweater with a bit of sparkle, I decided to get rid of any shoes with heels, since obviously I wasn’t going to be needing those either. A good pair of flats, two pairs of Birkenstocks, my runners and my slippers were essential, so they all stayed.

Now, the problem with doing this closet thing is that there are empty hangers, but I steeled myself — for a whole month — until Judy Joannou’s email landed in my inbox. She presents the most cheerful exciting videos, done by her son no less, that lure me in to her shop every time. And were we all ready for an in-store experience by the end of February? Her videos make me think that if I only had that one gorgeous new item, my life would be glamorous and exciting, just like Judy promises. One look at her windows, and spring was beckoning — I was carried away to the LaLaLand of colour and charm.

I launched into spring with this heady idea that this year would be different than last. I’d had a haircut, I had succumbed to a couple of bright new spring garments, and I was ready! Not to be, it seems. Once again, my hair looks like everyone else’s, a little shaggy around the edges, our complexions are not rosy but rather hidden behind these masks, our wardrobes are lurking between spring and the chill that remains on many mornings, and I’m still not feeling the true spring love thing yet.

So bring on May, I say! I’ve washed the winter gear and refuse to even look at it again until next November. No more worn cuffs, doggy-chewed boots, holey mitts and toques, absolute fashion heartbreakers that don’t belong to spring. I want the colour, the sparkle, the lilt in the air that signals renewal and sunshine, lollipops and roses, or whatever passes for raised spirits.

I’m done with whining about the weather, and want the lovely look of spring. My daffodils surpass everything right now, plus we’re marvelling at the trilliums and trout lilies, and everything green and crisp.

And don’t forget our May melody: “The first of May, the first of May, naked gardening starts today.” With thanks to my sister who never fails to remind me of this little ditty!

A Poem to Carry us Through the Dark

Every day we have a choice:

Will we be happy, will we be grumpy?

Will we serve others, or demand they serve us?

Will we use our minds, or stagnate in sloth,

Will we put on a smile, put our pain in our pocket, put up with the foibles we can’t control, put our best foot forward and

Dance the dance of life to the best of our ability,

Picking up partners to laugh and sing along?

What will your choice be today?


Little did we know the dark would last so long!


Jennifer Anne Kelly — The Glass is Way More than Half-Full - theHumm May 2021

By Sally Hansen

Art… and Soul

Last month our featured artist was Inuk jeweller and sculptor Kaajuk Kablalik, and our April cover featured a stunning glass qajaq in addition to his distinctive jewellery. The two-year qajaq project was the result of a fortuitous series of coincidences facilitated by Mississippi Mills glass artist Jennifer Anne Kelly, whom we first featured in October of 2012. When we learned that Kelly will soon be relocating to Ottawa — the “Big City” — we wanted to cele......


Tickets PleaseKeeps on Humming! - theHumm May 2021

Rob and Kris Riendeau (publishers of theHumm), along with Ann Hawthorne (former owner of Tickets Please), are delighted to announce that Tickets Please — the Ottawa Valley’s favourite local ticketing platform — will emerge from the pandemic ready to promote the heck out of our soon-to-be-vibrant arts and entertainment scene!

After successfully running the Perth-based business for the past ten years, Ann decided that she was ready to step back. When Rob and Kris approached her about t......


Local Libraries are Flourishing! - theHumm May 2021

By — Karen DeLuca is the CEO / Head Librarian at the Arnprior Library

A new international study on the impact of public libraries speaks to the current state of libraries in our region: we are flourishing!

Longstanding library card holders are getting their books, DVDs and magazines via curbside service in record numbers. Many residents are discovering, or re-discovering, the depth of resources available in their communities — whether digital or tangible.

Partnerships are key components of this success. Sometimes it’s the local service clubs that offer fin......


Farmers’ Markets: Open for the Season!
Carleton Place
- theHumm
May 2021

As you walk away from the farmers’ market with your canvas bags filled with fresh local produce, plants, organic meats and assorted other delicious goodies, you just can’t help feeling good. Supporting small-scale market farms means voting with your dollars for the option that is easier on the planet than large, mono-crop industrial farms. Having to plan the trip to the market means planning meals, which is a great way to reduce both wasted food and extra trips to the grocery store. Growers at the......


“Grow a Row” for Food Banks this Year - theHumm May 2021

The Great Veggie Grow-Off is an annual challenge between the nine communities of Lanark County and Smiths Falls to engage more citizens in growing healthy local food to donate to area Food Banks. The challenge starts each year on May 1st — “workers day” — to pay homage to the farmers in our community who grow food to feed us. Produce can be grown at home or in community garden beds, and local farmers and gardeners can “Grow a Row” as well! The Grow-Off ends with a final weigh-in on Thanksgiving Satu......


MVTM Wants to Exhibit Your Textile Crafts! - theHumm May 2021

During the pandemic, an unprecedented amount of crafting has occurred. From the first lockdown in March 2020, uncertainty, anxiety, and a whole lot more time at home has inspired many of us to turn to crafting as a soothing balm for our minds.

The Mississippi Valley Textile Museum wants to see the textile projects that you completed in 2020 or are working on in 2021. “Though it’s been a while since we’ve seen you, we know that you’re making loads of things at home,” says Melanie Gird......


Close to Home - theHumm May 2021

From May 12 to June 18, Sivarulrasa Gallery (34 Mill St, Almonte) is pleased to present Close to Home, a duo exhibition of new works by Toronto-based artist Gizem Candan and Montreal-based artist Jihane Mossalim. The exhibition can be viewed virtually until the current lockdown is lifted after May 19, at which time the gallery will open their doors again to in-person viewing.

Born in Istanbul, Turkey, and now based in Toronto, Gizem Candan’s work is inspired by her surr......


Protecting Our Pollinators
CNL Youth Group for Climate Action Devises an Inspiring Community Project
- theHumm May 2021

By Chandler Swain

As our Ottawa Valley spring moves into high gear, May is the month for us to enthusiastically embrace our short, sweet growing season. When the pandemic began changing our world last year, we started realizing what was most essential, and found it around our homes and throughout our communities. All activities related to being out in nature took off wildly!

My first awakening to how widespread this trend was came when I couldn’t find so much as a package of lettuce seed to star......


Lockdown Scavenger Hunt:Food Foraging with Kids - theHumm May 2021

By Sarah Kerr

Lockdown has been an interesting experiment (that’s the nice way of saying it) for our family who travelled a lot pre-pandemic. Our kids collected a patchwork of stamps on their passports in their short lives — being toted along for work and leisure. But with that luxury screeching to a halt over 14 months ago, we’ve channelled this creative energy into our own backyard. Like many of our neighbours, our homesteading game is now strong — the kids are collecting eggs each morning and checking th......


One Magic Summer
The Academy for Musical Theatre’s Safe & Interactive Summer Camp Experience
- theHumm May 2021

Heidi Stepanek is a professional and experienced musician, stage director and drama educator who has built a career out of her love of working with children, and her passion for musical theatre. 24 years ago she founded the Perth Academy of Musical Theatre (PAMT), which has since transitioned into The Academy for Musical Theatre and now operates in both Perth and Ottawa. This summer, The Academy is offering a creati......


Free Editing Workshops - theHumm May 2021

After offering an Editing Workshop as part of theHumm’s Winterwords initiative, Sarah Reside is planning two mo......


Become a Better Bystander in One Hour Offers Free “Bystander Intervention” Anti-Harassment Training
- theHumm May 2021

By — Kris Riendeau

Have you ever found yourself witnessing some kind of harassment in public, but not knowing how — or even if — you should respond? Have you been the target of harassment and wondered why no one ca......


The LovelyLook of Spring - theHumm May 2021

By Glenda Jones

In the fall, when we were on the cusp of nothingness (much like we are again now), I decided to go through the closet, haul out all my “good clothes” that I would normally have worn to lectures, ......


Birdhouse Auction a Huge Success - theHumm May 2021

By — Glenda Jones

After months of diligent woodworking, crafting and painting, and two weeks of intense bidding, the 2021 Birdhouse Blowout Auction has raised over $6500 for the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalist......


The Garden Calendar - theHumm May 2021

By David Hinks

During the second week of April, daily high temperatures were averaging 20 degrees and more — folks on Facebook were clamouring to get out in their gardens and plant — I even saw questions about ......


Masks and Art at MERA - theHumm May 2021

Spring is here, summer is coming, and MERA is optimistically planning another outdoor art show for May 22. This is a call for local artists and artisans to join the outdoor show.

A special ev......